The Swarthmore men's soccer team leaves tonight for their long-anticipated trip to England. After more than a year of fund-raising and planning, 25 Garnet players and staff will spend 13 days in the U.K., returning in time for their annual pre-season training camp.
The team will enjoy the requisite sight-seeing and tours of some of London's, Liverpool's, and Manchester's major attractions, as well as a tour of the beautiful Lake District in northwest England. There will also be professional matches to attend, training sessions, and a few friendly matches to play.
In keeping with Swarthmore's tradition of engaging in civic welfare projects, the team will also perform a community service project while in London. Also on the schedule is a reception for Swarthmore alumni and the team in London.
For daily accounts of the team's trip be sure to visit the England Tour 2005 Web site. Tom Krattenmaker, Director of News & Information at the College, will scribe a daily recap of the trip, complete with pictures.
The players and staff are very much looking forward to this opportunity to kick-start the 2005 season, and to visit a land where soccer is played at the highest level.