Sixth Form in the StatesOur Year 13 Btec sport students who study on the PAFC football programme returned from their once in a lifetime trip to the United States. The students enjoyed a magnificent week sampling life in America and visiting universities, as well as winning 2 of their 3 scheduled football matches.
The students flew into New York on Wednesday 9th November where they embarked on their 8 day trip. Considering they only had 8 days the students were able to cram as much as they could in and come away with some memorable experiences.
The students visited West Chester University where they discussed potential football scholarships. They also watched an NHL game where they became avid supporters of the Philadelphia Flyers. Whilst in New York the students took in sights such as the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the 9-11 Memorial and also the Independence Hall in Philadelphia.
The students were also able to get their boots on and play some fixtures against some strong opposition. In their first game the boys played against Penn Fusion, which they won 2-0 with goals from Travis Skerton and Morgan Parsonage. The second game saw them play a Ukrainian side and won 5-0, goals from Reece Brown x 2, Travis Skerton, Fletcher Cook and Declan Hathaway sealed the emphatic victory. The only loss of the tour came when they came up against a very strong continental side eventually losing 5-1. Finally the students relaxed and watched a match between two university sides where Villa Nova College hosted James Madison University.
The feedback from the PAFC staff was that the boys were exceptionally well behaved and were a credit to our College. The students have returned with a renewed vigour and the trip has opened their eyes to the possibility of one day returning to US potentially through a scholarship.
(Assistant Head of Sixth Form)