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04 PDP Girls Head To England For Week-Long Trip

The LIJSL 04 PDP girls are set for a fantastic experience over the next week. The team will be in England where they will face off with local competition as well as take in the country's landmarks.

The trip begins in earnest when the players fly overseas on August 1 and head home on August 9. During their stay in England, the players will get to experience London, including a tour around Arsenal's home ground, Emirates Stadium, as well as playing against the Leicester City girls, among other local sides. 

"It can be a rewarding time for those truly seeking to eat, breath, and live soccer," PDP coach Bart Polster said of the ucoming visit abroad. "This trip becomes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some players who may not have had the opportunity to witness first hand both the culture and soccer environment in one trip with their family."

Not only will players get to play soccer against English teams, they will also get to watch a friendly match that will consist of a Premier League and La Liga team when Fulham lines up against Celta Vigo. 

"Being exposed to a different culture where soccer is the number one sport in the country by a long way and seeing first hand how the players approach the sport before, during, and after [a match] will be interesting," LIJSL Technical Director Ronan Wiseman said. 

While the visit to England will certainly have a focus on soccer, the trip can have a long-lasting impact on the girls outside of the game as well. 

"The lessons learned are life lessons," Wiseman said. "I feel that soccer and sport teaches us valuable lessons that will help us in life. It helps us to develop traits that will help us throughout our lives, so the international experience rounds out and reinforces the lessons we learn here at home."

For those interested in joining the LIJSL PDP program, more info can be found here. Registration is also still open for tryouts on Saturday, August 4. 

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