The trip of a lifetime

Published 26/03/2014|05:36

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THE Killarney Celtic under-15s are preparing for the trip of a lifetime with the chance to check out first hand the first class facilities used by soccer's top stars.

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THE Killarney Celtic under-15s are preparing for the trip of a lifetime with the chance to check out first hand the first class facilities used by soccer's top stars.

Travelling to Birmingham this Thursday with a crew of 16 boys and 16 mentors, it may just be a three night trip but there's plenty packed in during the daytime hours.

It's an early 4am start on Thursday to catch the 6.45am flight from Cork and once they've checked in at the Premier Inn on Birmingham's Waterloo Street, it's straight out to Birmingham City's training ground for a session with the Championship side's coaching staff.

Also packed in will be games against West Brom, Aston Villa and Wolves but the highlight will undoubtedly be a Premiership game on Saturday afternoon as West Brom host Cardiff. With Premiership survival at stake in what is a crucial fixture, the Killarney lads are sure to see plenty of action on the day.

Celtic's Mary Lyne says the timing couldn't be better.

"The boys have just won their league so it's opportune and ties in perfectly," she said. "It's something we have started up on an annual basis and the boys are at a great age as they aren't too young yet aren't too old either."

Mary said the English clubs have played their part in making the lads feel welcome and have their sessions timed to a tee.

"They have been absolutely fabulous, incredible and due to the tightness of our trip they have been so accommodating. They have strict rules, though, and the lads will have to sit with the West Brom supporters and can't cheer for Cardiff, even if they're Solksjaer fans!

"We've invited the clubs back to Ireland but it's difficult with their academies although we've fingers crossed that Wolves may make it over next year," she added.

Kerryman

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