Eastern Pennsylvania ODP 2016 International Tour Information
The Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association’s ODP program aims to provide high-level training to benefit and enhance the development of players at all levels. This is why Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer offers ODP teams the chance to travel internationally and play soccer. The level of play and the level of coaching in Europe are second to none! Through travel to Europe, players engage in a level of competition not found in the U.S. as well as learn a different style of play. Not only will the international tour enhance your player’s soccer skills but the experience also enhances their cultural experience. Players mingle with their opponents at post-game and pre-game socials, try new foods, and see new sights and bond with their teammates. Don’t let this opportunity to broaden your player’s horizon slip by. All trips will take place Wednesday, March 23rd thru Thursday, March 31st, 2016. All of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer sponsored international trips are designed and administered by Excel International Sports.
Destinations for 2016 are as follows:
2003 Girls – London, England
2003 Boys – Scotland (also open to ’02 girls)
2001 Girls – Holland (also open to ’02 boys)
2001 Boys - Spain
00/99 Girls – Italy
00/99 Boys – Italy
**ODP players are not required to travel internationally. Participation is strictly optional and no player will be penalized if they do not take the trip. All international trip costs are the same for players and chaperones.
International Trip Informational Meeting:
Trip presentation – Fall, 2016
Pre-trip meeting – Late February 2016
Location: William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and Athena Karabots Center for Learning, 4051 Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. www.jeaneslibrary.org
Eastern Pennsylvania ODP Teams Return from Europe
The Eastern Pennsylvania ODP teams traveled to Europe over Spring Break 2015 for some top quality soccer matchups and an enriching cultural experience. The 1999 Boys travelled to Munich, Germany; the 1999 Girls to Munich, Germany; the 2000 Boys to Barcelona, Spain; and the 2002 Girls to London, England. The 1999 Boys enjoyed a week of top quality soccer and got the chance to attend the Girona vs. Valladolid match at Girona. They also toured Camp Nou Stadium, home to FC Barcelona and saw the Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished temple. The 1999 Girls enjoyed a week of top quality soccer and took a tour of the Allianz Arena, which held the 2006 World Cup. It is the home stadium of “Bayern Munich”. The 2000 Boys visited Camp Nou Stadium, home of FC Barcelona. The club has its own museum and mega store. They also played in four games against teams like CF Bufula, Fundacion Marcet, Salut Pere Gol, and CD Almeda. Lastly, the 2002 Girls team played games against teams like Crystal Palace Ladies FC, Charlton Athletic, and Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC. They also took a walking tour of London; saw Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and the Horse guards Barracks.
About Excel International Sports: "Excel International Sports has been leading soccer teams from the United States on International trips for 15 years. Because of our experience, our knowledge and our network, we are one of the top companies in our industry. Excel International Sports’ mission is to bring people from North America to different countries to participate in the world’s greatest game while breaking down barriers of language, culture, and geography. As world travelers, we make it our goal to enhance your cultural and sports awareness. Excel International Sports has been taking ODP teams to Europe for 15 years; we know how to customize this trip to the needs of an ODP team. Recent teams that have traveled with us are University of Maryland, Loyola College, UMBC, Salisbury University, Gettysburg College, Lynchburg College, Frostburg State University, Good Counsel High School, Loyola High School, Iowa ODP, Maryland ODP and Maryland DDP." More information about our tours and us can be found at www.eurosoccertours.net
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