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USA Women's Soccer team visit Poolfoot Farm

14 August 2018

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USA Women's Soccer team visit Poolfoot Farm

14 August 2018

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A development women's soccer team were present at Poolfoot Farm on Friday afternoon and took on Bolton Women's Under 16s, whilst enjoying the wonderful facilities on offer.

The women's development – also known as Global Premier Soccer (GPS) - side made their way to Fleetwood Town's training ground complex for midday on Friday and enjoyed a lovely pre-match meal before their friendly match on the main 4G pitch behind the sports and leisure complex.

The coaching staff, players and parents were given a tour around the facilities prior to the match and got an idea of what life would be like as a professional football player.

Their match against Bolton Women finished 6-0 to GPS, and there was a lot of quality on both sides on show with many turning up to enjoy the game, and also the sunshine.

MJ Tate, the US Olympic soccer coach spoke after the match and was amazed about the facilities and was grateful for the opportunity to come over to Fleetwood Town.

"We as an organisation like to get out of the United States and experience different cultures around the world. For the girls, their parents and the coaching staff, it is key to experience seeing a different style of football, and today was hugely beneficial

"Coming to England and seeing all the wonderful facilities has been key for us as a group. Hats off to Fleetwood Town, here are world class facilities and from the chairman down to the grassroots programme, everybody should be proud of what they achieving.

"I was blown about from what I saw from the moment I walked in, and it must be a great place for the players to come down at and train, and also for the community to see what goes on."

We caught up with one of the players' parents, Paul Blackmore after his day at Poolfoot Farm, and once again, he complimented the facilities and the environment as it would be one he'd love to take back over to the States.

"During our time in England, we have been to Arsenal's training ground, St George's Park which is absolutely beautiful and it's always nice to get that access from the American perspective.

"We don't have these types of venues and facilities where we are in the USA, and for the girls it has been great to mix the soccer with the educational visits we have done in the last few weeks."

"Fleetwood have been very welcoming to us and I know some of the other parents and the players can't wait to come back here one day in the future. We thank everybody for their hospitality."

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