I think your enthusiasm and obvious love for the experience is really attractive. Your organization of free time, soccer obligations and “sightseeing” trips had a great flow. Your team meals were nice group bonding times. Smiling, just recalling those days... I thought you did a pretty good job of gently but firmly dictating the plans so things didn’t devolve into a free for all. Yet, there was nice downtime for those who just needed to chill. I guess I was so fixated on the soccer experience for my son that I really didn’t anticipate what a transformative experience it would be for me. Lifelong friendships, broadened perspective, new sights sounds and smells, the cultural wonder, all through the commonality of being human on this earth and digging futbol... It was awesome in so many ways I didn’t even anticipate. A highlight in our lives. All in all John, I gotta give you a well deserved A .
I am thankful that Brian was in good company, was watched over and had a wonderful time. It is a trip he will remember for a life time. He talks all about how much fun it was and how great the guys were. Thanks again to all who kept an eye out for the group. Best of luck to all the boys and Brian talks about maybe a next trip! A reunion of sorts!
It was an awesome trip! Everything was very organized. The mixture of being able to go and see places and watch the professional games were perfect. It was alot of fun and I think it could not of been planned any better. Going to the concentration camp was one of best places that I thought was well worth going to.
Our family cannot thank everyone enough for such a wonderful experience. From you as the coach, to the young men on the team and their families we met, to Sylvia and Romano. All of you have made a lasting impression on all four of us and made it a very enjoyable memorable experience! John, once again, thank you for the opportunity for James to play with you and the team! This was an experience we will treasure forever! We hope to see you in the near future for more soccer fun!
Having a great time - you brought together a very nice group of people, both talented players and nice young men and their parents.
We had a great time on you're trip and I would be glad to discuss our experience with others who are considering a trip as well.
I'm sitting here thinking and honestly I really can't recall anything that bothered me. However, I was also an experienced traveler, love to travel, and not afraid to travel out of the country, so I was looking forward to it from the start. When presented, cost was an initial issue for a few, but most felt the overall cost of the trip was good for what it included. If I recall, the timing of pulling it together was about the same too--January thru August. I thought it was pretty well managed, trip info and updates were shared timely, and honestly, I was glad you did all the organizing and arrangements and I didn't have to:) It all worked out very well I thought. I know by the time we were at the airport waiting to go, I felt we were all ready. I didn't feel unorganized or that I was clueless as to what the trip was about or what we were going to be doing while over there, etc.
Your references tremendously enjoyed the trip. They could not say enough about the trip as well as your guidance.
I remember the trip was organized but relaxed. We seemed to have the time to enjoy ourselves, but we got a lot accomplished. The castles were great, and gave us a test of the culture. Food was good, and the parent free time was a great idea. Watching our kids play internationally was such a privilege. Their game went to another level after that. They seemed to become more aware of their potential after playing those teams. Maybe more training time on the team fields would make it memorable. Great memories!
Phillip had a trip of a lifetime in Italy. He still talks about it.
Thanks again for the wonderful experience this summer. It was awesome on many levels!
You know how much we have appreciate all he is gained from participating in 2 YPT European Tour Programs and attending The Residence Program for 4 years. Our entire family missed it last summer and I'm sure you have received that feedback from many people, but we check out the website and looks like The Finishing School has been a great success. As you know we have nothing here in Canada that compares. YPT played a big role in his development which led to Dayne being selected for our Ontario Provincial Team from U14-16. As much as we would love to say yes, at this time we can not commit. Dayne was very fortunate and had an opportunity with the Canadian National Team U16, and they participated in a tournament in April it Italy. We are hearing through the grapevine there is going to be another id camp in January for U17 so until we know what is going on there we can't commit.