A SQUAD of 14 players from local soccer club AMsoccer returned from an action packed trip to Houston, Texas last week.
The trip, funded by American sponsors to the tune of £20,000, enables the youngsters to visit the USA for a week where they stay with local families, train and play with American teams.
Activities off the soccer field included a trip to NASA, attending the Mexico v. Venezuela football match and live NBA basketball, as well as being hosted by the Houston Chamber of Commerce for dinner.
The youngsters – who are in primary seven and first year at high school – played five games, winning three and losing two as part of a training camp.
This is the second successive year the boys have had this opportunity due to the conduct of the young players endearing themselves to the locals.
AMsoccer goalkeeping coach Robbie Laing, also a keen piper, piped the boys on to the pitch in their final game.
Manager Lindsay Sharp said: “This is an opportunity we hope we can provide every year for our players as we see them take huge strides forward both on and off the pitch during the week in America.
“It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most.”