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From the sunny fields of the US to the legendary stadiums of England, the Cardinal Newman Soccer Team kicked off a 10 day UK tour that was about more than just soccer. They dove deep into England's rich soccer culture, faced tough matches, and scored exclusive behind-the-scenes access to some of football's most iconic venues

The adventure started with a trip to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, where the team got an up-close look behind the curtain at the home and trophy cabinet of the 2023 Treble (Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup) winners.  Training sessions at Powerleague Manchester levelled up their game with a focus on the technical skills and tactics.

This was followed by a once in a lifetime experience of witnessing the beauty and spectacle of the Premier League. A top of the table clash between Manchester City and Arsenal who are vying for the 2024 Premier League crown. This offered an unforgettable display of the intensity and skill at soccer’s highest level and a glimpse into the possible future for some players. The experience broadened as the team visited Sunderland's Academy of Light, seeing where tomorrow's stars get their start. Watching Sunderland FC in action against Blackburn Rovers gave the team a taste of the competitive spirit that fuels English football at all levels.


In Newcastle, more training sessions at Powerleague Newcastle kept the team sharp and ready for action, while attending a Premier League match, Newcastle United vs Everton FC,  at St. James' Park and touring Newcastle United Stadium linked them with the club's proud history and current energy. Match days saw the team facing off against South Shields FC U18 and Basford United FC, giving them the chance to test their skills and adjust to new challenges in a competitive setting. The Cardinal Newman team came out on top against South Shields FC U18s winning by 3 goals to 1 while a tightly contested draw against Basford United FC U18s finished at 2-2.  They can leave with their heads held high having put up top performances.

The tour however wasn’t only about soccer. The team also soaked in some British culture with a tranquil visit to York and the stunning York Minster, and a tour of Nottingham's The City Ground brought home the deep history and legacy of English football.


In London, they took in the sights of the River Thames, Westminster, and Big Ben, rounding off their trip with a panoramic view of England's historic and dynamic capital.


As the Cardinal Newman Soccer Team headed back home, they brought with them not just on-field experience but a deeper love and understanding of soccer. This trip was a blend of sports, education, and culture, expanding their horizons, igniting a deeper passion for the game, and inspiring them to aim high in everything they do.

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