Director of Coaching Rafe Mauran announced today that the U12 girls Blue team coached by Michelle Bird will be the first team from the Club to travel to Manchester, England and train with the Wolverhampton Wanderers, an English Premier League team, as part of the recent partnership between RYSA and the Wolves.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for these girls,” said Mauran. “They achieved a great deal of success on the field last year going to 6 finals in the 9 tournaments they played. They conducted themselves like champions both on and off the field all season. The girls truly deserve this opportunity. They will be great ambassadors for RYSA and great ambassadors for the game of soccer.”
Mauran hopes the U12 girls Blue team will be the first of many RYSA teams to be invited to train with the Wolves. “We really want to see this part of the partnership with Wolverhampton grow, and we hope it opens the door for more of our RYSA teams as the partnership expands and flourishes,” Mauran said. Bird, the RYSA Academy Coach of the Year, will lead the girls across the pond in April 2013. “This truly is an honor for the girls,” Bird said. “They have trained hard all season, played hard all season and had a lot of fun all season. What a tremendous privilege this is for them. I don’t know who is more excited about the trip—them or me!”