10 p.m., March 28)
Break trip to England a dream come true for Cairine Wilson
By Fred Sherwin
A delayed trip to England turned out to be a dream come
true for members of the Cairine Wilson girls soccer team,
who immersed themselves in British football culture during
the March Break.
Members of the Cairine Wilson Wildcats pose
for a team picture in front of Big Ben during
their March Break trip to England. Photo supplied
15-member team spent the first few days of their trip
taking in the historic sights in and around London. They
then traveled to the seaside community of Worthing, in
the south of England, where they stayed at the Worthing
College Sports Academy, played a series of games against
three local teams, and took in a British Premier League
game between Crystal Palace and Southhampton.
highlight of the trip for team member Megan Foy, besides
the weather which was sunny and warm, a rarity this time
of year in southern England, was the BPL game, while a
1-0 win over an elite team from the town of Lewes was
a close second.
game was really a lot of fun. The atmosphere was amazing.
The fans were cheering back and forth the whole game,"
trip was organized by Wildcats' coach Stu Barbour. It
was supposed to take place last year, but fell victim
to the labour dispute between the province and the Ontario
Secondary School Teachers Federation.
the postponement meant that last year's Grade 12 players
had to miss out on the trip. But on a positive note, a
handful of players who weren't on last year's team did
get to go. The result was a once in a,lifetime experience
that none of them will soon forget and a perfect team
bonding exercise that will serve them well in the upcoming
sightseeing and playing exhibition games, the Wildcats
were also exposed to a level of development that doesn't
exist in Canada. The Worthing College Academy of Sport
offers an internationally recognized Level 2 and Level
3 sports diploma program which provides an excellent foundation
for a career in coaching, sports development, or the recreation
and leisure. It's an opportunity that some of the girls
may decide to pursue.
the meantime, they'll continue to prepare for the upcoming
season and a run at a possible city championship..
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business partners.)
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