First of all, thank you for your interest in the United Sports UK Youth Soccer Tour. This page will explain in detail elements of the trip to look forward to.
I am proud that there have been many successful years of these tours which helped to further the footballing education of the players who came over as well as furthering their cultural education too, giving them the opportunity to explore some scenic and historic parts of England.
I have spent my entire career between England and the United States and in my recent years have spent most of my time dedicated to the improvement and development of young, North American soccer players. I believe an important part of that is providing the opportunity to introduce some of them to the game I grew up with, in order to give them the best possible introduction into the professional game.
There are many individual components that make up a tour, each of them custom and interchangeable to give the most productive trip. I hope you will enjoy seeing a little of my home country
There is no better place to begin than the ‘Theatre of Dreams’, home of Manchester United...
When I first laid eyes on Old Trafford as a visiting player for Millwall I could not believe the size and character of the arena. When I signed for Manchester United in the November of 1975, I could barely wait to get out there and play on the same pitch as some of the most celebrated names in the history of the game. Over the years the stadium has undergone a huge transformation yet the character and identity remains; Old Trafford is nicknamed “the Theatre of Dreams” due to the wonderful football that it has become accustomed to hosting and the arena itself has as much history as the playing surface. The stadium includes statues of decorated figures of the past as well as poignant tributes and memorials to those who perished in the tragic Munich Air Disaster of 1958. During the Museum Tour, you will learn about the colorful and wonderful past of an arena that has housed English Football’s most successful club. The Museum tour gives the opportunity to explore the history of the stadium and club, with special access to areas of the stadium such as the dressing room, press room and dug outs. Even on non-match days, the atmosphere around the club is electric and unique - there’s no place like it in world football. Our Manchester United experience has included trips to Carrington and also the Cliff training ground. The Cliff has seen some of the great names in football, Best, Charlton, Law, Robson, Cantona, Giggs and little old me, before they relocated their first team training to Carrington. We will negotiate the availability of the opportunity to see these places on an ‘as and when’ basis.
Carrington Training Ground
United Sports 2023 Tour to the UK
The mighty Hurdsfield Phoenix welcomed former Man utd striker Gordon hill and his academy team all the way from the United States of America. It was a lovely evening at Motttam Hall and no one had any idea how it would play out. The game was highly skilled, competitive and was an absolute pleasure to watch both teams playing a high level game of football. Have to admit the Americans came with a winning attitude, quick, powerful and skilful and we thought we would be lucky to get a draw. The Phoenix team yet again took their game to another level and matched our American friends all the way. We dug in and through good old British grit and determination we just got the win. But the score is irrelevant to be honest. The whole game was competitive but all players conducted themselves in a manner that made us all proud and after the game all getting together having a chat and a laugh was the perfect way to end a great game at a perfect venue with amazing players, coaches and families. Well done everyone. To Gordon, his coaches and players thank you all from Hurdsfield Phoenix. Would be great to do again. Maybe next time the mighty HPFC vist USA!!!
A big thank you to former Manchester utd striker Gordon Hill and his coaches for a fantastic training session with our younger players. Gordon is now based in America and brought over his academy team and put our players through a great training session and gave a real insight of football with his vast experience and knowledge. Thank you Gordon and all our American friends. Everyone at HPFC hopes to see you again soon.
Hurdsfield Phoenix Football Club