30 Jan Titans FC Soccer Tour to Europe
DB Sports Tours are delighted to tell our readers about one of the three Thanksgiving soccer trips! First up, we have news from Titans FC’s soccer tour to the Liverpool & Manchester, UK. The team traveled all the way from Dallas, Texas to England over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Titans FC flew from Dallas, Texas to Manchester, England for a bespoke football tour; a football tour which had been personally put together to suit this team’s interests. A total of 11 people joined the tour from Dallas on November 24 and stayed until December 1.
The American group were met by DB Sports Tours reps at Picadilly Train Station in Manchester who would stay with the group for the duration of the football tour, ensuring all facets of the trip are seen to efficiently.
First up was a trip to the National Football Museum in Manchester. Taking into account the group had made such a long flight overnight, this was clearly the right sort of activity to begin the soccer tour, with training sessions and matches to come when they were fully rested.
At any time, around 2,500 items from the museum’s collections are on display at the football museum in Manchester’s city centre, with a further 140,000 items held. Key items include both of the two balls used in the first World Cup Final in 1930, the ball from the 1966 World Cup Final, and the England captain’s jersey and cap from the world’s first official international soccer match, Scotland vs England.
Afterwards, there was some free time around the city of Manchester before heading back to the hotel to get some rest before the real fun – the soccer – began. On Tuesday morning the Titans FC group went to train with Ian Fitzpatrick, a pro youth coach at Manchester City at the Manchester Maccabi Community and Sports Club. Here they learned the ways of the Premier League Champions and arguably the best team in the world.
Later that Tuesday evening the group attended a Champions League game at the Etihad, a game which Manchester City drew 1-1 with the Ukrainian team, Shakthar Donetsk. This Tuesday’s schedule for the Titan’s FC group is another key example of why a soccer trip with DB Sports Tours is so popular; the balance between elite soccer experience (playing) and fun (checking out a Champions League game) is so finely balanced.
On Wednesday, this soccer tour continued apace: the day began with a pro training session at Tranmere Rovers FC academy coaches. This provided the group with another style of professional soccer being taught to players in the UK. During their time in (the grounds), the Titans and parents witnessed both the Tranmere Rovers First Team and Liverpool Ladies train. After their session, the boys received a VIP stadium tour of Prenton Park – the home of Tranmere Rovers. Here, the had lunch in the players lounge and had the opportunity to lift the EFL Playoff Trophy, won by Tranmere earlier that season.
In the afternoon, with a game against Chester City FC arranged, the team traveled to their second country of the tour – Flint, Wales. The game was another great first-hand experience of the varying levels of professional and semi-professional football in the UK. Chester City took a 2-0 lead, scoring almost immediately at the start of both halfs. Faced with an uphill battle, the Titans dug deep and scored 2 goals late in the game to finish with a 2-2 tie.
On Thursday morning this soccer tour took the ‘tour’ aspect to another level: a trip to the home of the European champions, Liverpool, and their home Anfield Stadium. The group then checked out the fantastic city of Liverpool before meeting the other two teams on tour with DB for a large Thanksgiving dinner.
On Friday, the group explored Manchester United’s home stadium, Old Trafford; the most iconic stadium in the UK and perhaps the world. At the home of the 20-time English first division champions, the group was able check out the dugout, changing rooms, pitch side, and the club museum. Before leaving Old Trafford the group enjoyed lunch at the Red Cafe.
On Saturday morning Titan’s FC battled heavy frost to play in their final game of the tour, this time against Egerton FC. And last but certainly not least, Titan’s FC got to finish off their soccer tour with a trip to Turf Moor to watch Burnley FC take on Crystal Palace in a live Premier League game. Palace were the victors on this night with a 2-0 win, another match which exemplified elite level soccer in the UK for our US-based youngsters.
The group from Dallas, Texas departed the next morning after a week of adventure, learning, and creating life-long memories. We will have more blogs this week telling the stories of soccer teams of our US-based groups who made the Transatlantic trip over the Thanksgiving period, so make sure to keep a keen eye on our blog here.
Finally, should you wish to book a similar soccer trip with DB Sports Tours, you can contact our office here.