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HOST A UK SOCCER PLAYER

By Lee Moyce, 01/07/19, 12:00PM EST

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WSC Family,

I am reaching out to all WSC families in support for my former boss in England and his soccer team. He is the head of Portsmouth College Football Academy (UK) and the team are coming out to Boston on a soccer tour from March 4th - 12th to showcase their skills to colleges in the hopes of getting the opportunity to come to school over in the States.

To support this tour we are looking to have the boys stay with host families during the time over here. We would love for all 18 players to be housed in the same town to make travel and planning easier. The boys are 16-18 (Juniors & Seniors) years of age. 

I am reaching out to see if any Weston families would be interested in hosting 1 or 2 of the team from 4th March – 12th March 2019 to give them a true ‘American’ experience.

Please scroll down to view the teams itinerary for the time they are here.

The main requirements are:

- Provide a private space (bedroom or basement) with own or shared bathroom

- 3 meals a day

- transport to drop off points for team bus travel

- Entertain players during allocated 'host family time' (Show them the sights and sounds of Boston)

When I first came out to the US I stayed with a host family in Sherborn. I was due to be with the family, who had just hosted a coach, for a week while my club arranged a more permanent family but I ended up staying with that family for 2 and a half years. The connections that can be made in a week can be life changing and give your family new lifetime friend/s and cultural experiences you might never get without this opportunity.

If you are interested and would like more information please contact me on leemoyce@westonsoccer.org 

We really appreciate any families willing to share their homes and experiences with these boys to make this trip a memorable one.

 

What are host families expected to provide?

We ask that each player is provided with access to the house, their own bed, some storage.  Access to the internet is desirable.

 

Do I need to provide transport for the player?

Yes, players will need transport to and from pick up and drop off points and to any events that the family would like to do in the down time with the player.

 

Can players Share a room?

If you wish to host multiple players room sharing is acceptable provided there is adequate space.

 

How am I allocated a coach?

All coaches and host families submit a profile form in which details of experience, hobbies, religious beliefs, eating habits etc are all exchanged so that the right player can be placed with your family.

 

What should I expect of the player?

Each player hosting experience is different and unique.  Each player will treat your house with respect and abide by any house rules that you apply.  House rules such as the use of the telephone, light chores, rules on alcohol consumption and smoking policy should be outlined at the start so both parties are clear.  These can be addressed in the profile form so that families and players can be matched together with greater accuracy and so that each player knows what is expected of them prior to their stay.  PCFA has a no smoking Policy. 

 

Will I have the opportunity to contact my player before they arrive?

Once players and families have been matched contact details will be exchanged so that you have the opportunity to initiate contact wherever possible.

 

What happens if my circumstances change and I wish to opt out of the host a player?

If there is ever a situation where your family’s circumstances change and you no longer wish to host, the Host Family Coordinator will be on hand to work through the situation and re-locate the player.  We would ask for a grace period to allow this transition to take place if necessary.

 

Will there be any Social Events for the Host Families?

Yes! PCFA appreciates everything the Host Family will do to help our players have a positive experience upon their arrival in the United States. Further details to be communicated

Tour Itinerary (Subject to change)

PCFA Boston Tour Itinerary

 

Monday 4th March

11:00am leave Portsmouth College

4:20pm Flight Departs From UK

6:50pm (local time) Flight arrives in USA

8pm – 9.30pm – Team Limo to Weston to meet families.

Tuesday 5th March 

10.00am - 11.30am: Training at Rivers School – 333 Winter Street, Weston.

(@Union point, Weymouth if snow. Team will get team bus)

12:00pm – 1:00pm : Team Lunch– Location TBD

3:00pm : Return to the Host Families

Afternoon- Evening: Time Spent with host families.

Wednesday 6th March

10.00am - 11.30am: Training at Rivers School - 333 Winter Street, Weston.

(@Union point, Weymouth if snow. Team will get team bus)

12:00pm – 1:00pm : Team Lunch– Location TBD

2pm – Tour of local college - TBC

7pm: Back to Host family.

Thursday 7th March

10.00am - 11.30am: Training at Rivers School - 333 Winter Street, Weston.

(@Union point, Weymouth if snow. Team will get team bus)

1pm : Meet in Weston Rec Center for team bus. Trip into Boston. Sightseeing around Boston (Host families welcome to join)

City Bus tour – Hop on and off ending up at Faneuil Hall for food and Bruins game. Trip will take us through Havard & MIT plus Fenway area and Prudential Center.

4pm – Team Pizza 

7pm- 10pm – Boston Bruins Fixture vs Florida Panthers (players and coaches have tickets, team budget doesn’t cover host family tickets, we apologize! but if families can get tickets they are welcome to join).

10pm – Return to Host Families. Drop off at Weston Rec Center.

Friday 8th March

Morning spent with host families.

3pm – Team bus from Weston Rec center.

5pm-9pm – March Madness Tournament (schedule TBC)

9pm – Return to host families

Saturday 9th March

7am – 9am: (schedule dependant) Team bus from Weston Rec Center

10am – 5pm : March Madness Tournament(schedule TBC)

5pm – Return to host families – Host family party hosted by Portsmouth College!

Sunday 10th March 

7am – 9am: (schedule dependant) Team bus from Weston Rec Center

10am – 5pm : March Madness Tournament

5pm – Return to host families, PACK!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 11th March 

9am – Team breakfast (Bruggers Begals, Weston town center)

10am – Team bus to Foxboro – Gillete Stadium

11am – Visit Hall of fame museam in Gillete

1pm – Team Lunch

2pm – Explore Patriots Place (team bowling or movies??)

5pm – Team bus to airport.

9:50pm – Depart USA

Tuesday 12th March

08:10am Arrive back in the UK

Ideas for families during down time with players

APEX Complex - Marlboro - Large indoor complex with bowling, go-karting, sports simulators, arcade games and escape rooms. Fun for the whole family!

Patriots Place - Show them the home of the New England Patriots!

Kings Bowling - Legacy Place - Dedham

Wrentham Outlets