Local Victorian club Northcote City FC recently embarked on a once in a lifetime experience with the Club’s under-12 team, travelling to the City Football Academy in Manchester for a tour in April.
Northcote’s under-12 team were the inaugural winners of Melbourne City’s ‘City Cup’ tournament in September last year, with a trophy and a trip to Manchester’s world-leading facility the major prizes.
The team travelled to Manchester on Saturday 2 April to undertake a unique football experience, including a match against Manchester City’s Academy team.
The week kicked off with their first training session on one of the 16 pitches at the CFA, including a tour of the facility and watching the Club’s under-10 and under-12 Academy matches against Hull City.
Northcote’s received its first experience of English football when they challenged City’s select Academy side, going down 4-0 but showing plenty of positive signs in the second half.
The week continued in Manchester with a tour of the historic city, a trip to the National Football Museum, another session on the CFA’s iconic community pitch and watching the Champions League tie between Manchester City and PSG in prime-time.
Wednesday saw the team tour Etihad Stadium and take part in a round robin tournament with Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Celtic, which provided an invaluable experience for the group against some of the UK’s best academy sides.
In what was a week to remember for all the players and parents of the group, Northcote City farewelled Manchester’s CFA for a week they will never forget.
Melbourne City’s gives Victorian clubs the chance to undertake experiences like this and much more as part of the City Club program. Sign up your club for City Club for your team’s chance to be eligible for 2016’s City Cup.