Code: HS002
Duration: 12 Days
Base Price: 2150 CAD
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12 Day Soccer Camp Tour

Lace up your soccer shoes and get ready for an unforgettable travel/sports experience in England!

Staff, coaches and students will be boarding a plane to London and then on to Manchester to "learn from the pros" on how to enhance their developing soccer skills.  Manchester - home of Manchester United, has a long history of producing some of the best soccer players in the world.  You will get a chance to see first- hand how young players in England develop their skills.

As with any international travel, all students and staff will gain from exposure to a different history and culture. Students will gain an appreciation for the historical roots of settlement in this country by the British and understand the significance of the place of England in the world.

Read on for information about your itinerary....more details will be added (such as Premier League games to attend) as information becomes available.  Go to the embedded links throughout the itinerary to find out more about where you will be going.

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Inclusions
Exclusions

  • Airport Transfers
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide for all tours as noted in the itinerary
  • All admissions and tours as outlined in the itinerary
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation throughout tour in England as noted
  • Local service charges and taxes
  • Transportation scheduled for tours in air-conditioned coaches
  • All local transportation as noted in the itinerary
  • Medical and trip cancellation insurance (supplemental payment)

  • Return air transportation from your city to International Airport to London (call for a customized air quote)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and travel documents (passport MUST be valid a minimum of 6 months following date of return)
  • Drinks with meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lunches unless noted in the itinerary (**lunches provided on full training-camp days)
  • Admissions to sites not noted in the itinerary
  • Tipping for local guides and drivers
  • Tickets to matches
  • Any other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Itinerary

Team or High School Soccer Camp Tour to England

Teams or schools are advised to book early as spring break period fills quickly!

Day 1 
After boarding your motorcoach, you will "get right into" the spirit of your soccer tour with a visit to the famed Chelsea Stadium that has held a record 82,000 fans!

After the tour, meet coach and continue to Manchester for check in for 6 nights stay.
18:30 - Evening meal at the hotel and group orientation, unpacking etc. 
Famous people from Manchester include the painter Lowry, the pop group Oasis, and the football player David Beckham.

Manchester has a strong tradition of football: the original teams were the workers from different factories in the city. Teams include Manchester United, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers. Manchester United (known locally as United or Man U) is one of the strongest soccer teams in the UK, and regularly comes top of the Premiership. The football stadium used by the team is known as Old Trafford, located in "United Road".

Day 2
09:00 Board mini buses for transfer to Soccer Sport Academy for full day soccer coaching including breakfast and lunch

17:00 Return transfer by mini bus to hotel

18:30 Evening meal at the hotel

Day 3
09:00 Board mini buses for transfer to Soccer & Sport Academy for half day soccer coaching including breakfast and lunch.
13:30 Meet coach of Bullocks Coaches at training ground for transfer to Liverpool
14:30 Admission to Liverpool FC Museum and guided tour of Anfield Stadium at 15:00
16:00 Transfer to Albert Dock
16:30 Admission to the Beatles Story!
18:00 Return transfer to the hotel
19:30 Evening meal at the hotel

Day 4
09:00 Board mini buses for transfer to Soccer & Sport Academy for half day soccer coaching including breakfast and lunch
13:45 Meet coach of Bullocks Coaches at training ground for transfer to Manchester
14:30 Admission to Manchester United FC Museum and guided tour of Old Trafford Stadium
(soccer players will find this a major highlight of their week!!)

and National Museum of football in Preston

17:00 Return transfer to hotel
19:00 Evening meal at the hotel

Day 5
09:00 Board mini buses for transfer to Soccer & Sport Academy for a full day of soccer coaching including breakfast and lunch
17:00 Return transfer by mini bus to hotel
18:30 Evening meal at the hotel
Saturday 29th March
08:00 Breakfast at hotel
09:00 Meet coach at hotel for transfer to Preston
10:00 Admission to the National Football Museum
12:30 Board coach for transfer to Bolton
13:30 Arrive Reebok Stadium to attend Bolton v Arsenal
Meet professional York City guide for tour with admission to York Minster and Jorvik Viking Centre.Both of these sites have major historical significance in this area. Students will receive information to explore prior to departure and the history will be presented in an interactive manner.

15:00 Kick-off
16:45 Match Ends – board coach at prearranged point for transfer to hotel
19:30 Dinner in hostel

Day 6
Breakfast at the hotel!
9:30 Meet coach of Bullocks Coaches at hotel for transfer to Blackpool.
Coach for day trip to Blackpool. Group leader to exchange voucher for wristbands at Group Arrivals office at North Entrance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach for a day of fun after a week of soccer training!

http://www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com/

The information below suggests highlights of the area and staff along with the tour director will plan this day to include some of the following depending upon time and the needs of the group at this time in the program.

Whether your interests lie in heritage, culture or if you are simply looking for thrills and spills, you will find it all in Lancashire and Blackpool. From the peace and tranquillity of the 360 acre Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre at Martin Mere and the largely unspoilt Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill, to Pleasure Beach, Blackpool home of the Pepsi Max Big One, the tallest, fastest roller coaster in the world, this is an area rich in its range of attractions.

Sport plays a leading role in Lancashire and Blackpool with football well represented. The National Football Museum in Preston, tells the story of the world's greatest game. The attractions' FIFA Museum houses the finest collection of football memorabilia in the world. With a further seven collections of outstanding, historical significance there are a total of 20,000 items on display. Blackburn's Ewood Park Football Stadium provides a one and a quarter hour tour including a walk through the players' tunnel towards the pitch!

16:00 Board coach at prearranged point for transfer to York Youth Hostel for check-in for 2 nights stay

19:30 Evening meal at the hostel

Overnight York

Day 7
08:00 Breakfast in hostel
9:30 Depart hotel on foot for short riverside walk into city centre
10:00 Meet guide at South Door of York Minster for walking tour including:
The North's spiritual capital for 2000 years, York is central to Britain's colourful history. Among the highlights are the stunning York Minster, enjoy Stonegate and Shambles shopping and live the York history at the
10:30 JORVIK Viking Centre: Group 1 (22 persons)
11:00 JORVIK Viking Centre: Group 2 (21 persons)
12:30 Admission to York Minster
12:45 Guide departs group – group leaders take group shopping and to pre-arranged local museums depending on wishes of the group and return to hostel on foot.
18:30 Evening meal at the hostel
Overnight York

Day 8
8:00 Breakfast in hostel
9:30 transfer to London for check-in (or to leave luggage if rooms are not available) for 3 nights stay.
En route stop in Sherwood Forest area for leg stretch

18:30 Evening meal at hostel

Day 9
8:00 Breakfast in hostel
9:30 Off-peak travelcards valid on underground and buses within Zones 1 & 2 provided
10:30 Board boat (City Cruises) at Tower Pier for cruise to Westminster Pier
Balance of day for exploring/last minute shopping with school staff.
18:00 Evening meal at Hard Rock Café , 150 Old Park Lane – nearest tube stations are Green Park or Hyde Park Corner
Overnight Thameside

Day 10
11:00 Meet coach at hotel for transfer to London Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3) for check-in for your flight home.

Smiling faces arrive home!!
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