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Newsletter – October 2015

Dear Parents & Players

 

MetroGirls 2015 USA Tour; Wednesday 20th July to August 4th 2016

 

Thank you all for your invitation acceptances and deposits for the MetroGirls 2016 USA Tour; for the few remaining deposits please transfer these as soon as possible.

 

MetroGirls 2016 Tour Group: The MetroGirls tour group comprises of 24 players, who will be accompanied by seven leaders, being, Michelle Malkin, Tony Malkin, Carina Eaton, Laura Rees, Martin Rees and Molly Deykin.

 

USA Tour Travel Details: The bookings for the MetroGirls group are now confirmed as follows with deposits paid:-

  • Flights, depart – Manchester to Washington Dulles, UA101 depart 10.55am, 20jul16, arrive 2.05pm, (local time) with United Airlines UA101; return – Washington Dulles to Manchester UK UA100 depart 6.40pm (local time), 03Aug16, for an overnight flight, arrive 6.55am 04aug16, United Airlines UA100.
  • Travel between Washington Dulles and Annapolis and back will be by coach.

 

Hosting: As with previous tours, the players and leaders will be staying with families of the Anne Arundel County CrosseOver Girl’s Youth lacrosse organisation; this being the American group who the MetroGirls hosted for two weeks this past summer (July 15) and also previous years. MetroGirls who hosted last summer will have the opportunity to stay with the same girl and we ask that parents let us know their preference.

 

Itinerary: The two weeks in America will be a mixture of lacrosse games (6), MetroGirls group sightseeing and cultural visits to places of interest, and individual activities with the host families. The tour dates occur during the USA school summer vacation, and therefore host families will be participating in holiday-time activities in particular at weekends, which are likely to include swimming and more. The MetroGirls will be part of these activities as a ‘family member’.

 

Information required (required as soon as possible):-

  • Player & Family Details: please will all families complete the enclosed sheet to ensure that we have your accurate/up to date details and return it by post or email.
  • Passports: copy your daughter’s passport page(s) which show the name, number and photograph. If you daughters passport expires before March 2017 it will require to be renewed as soon as possible.
  • ESTA Approval: Your daughter will need US Homeland Security ‘ESTA’ registration/approval which must be obtained from https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov following the application instructions, including travel dates and flight details. The destination address is non-essential information and can be left blank to be completed later. A payment of $14 is required (be wary of other non-official web sites which charge more). Print the ‘approval’ page and send a copy to us as confirmation of the registration reference.

 

Parents/Players Meeting:- A meeting will be held during February 2014 for everybody to meet each other, learn more about the MetroGirls organisation, receive pre-tour and updated tour details; and also for sizing tour clothing/kit. (using samples)

 

Training: This will commence after Easter 2014, comprising of seven or eight all-day Sunday sessions in the period leading up to the tour dates, with the dates taking account of school terms and breaks. From now and until to tour, each player is required to raise their fitness level.

 

Social Media Policy: Please see attach; this will apply for 2015/6 with changes/updates issued as appropriate. Please contact us is you have any queries at this time.

 

The above information is only an outline of the tour planning and events, and in the months to follow, including the parents meeting, greater details will be provided, including reminders. In the meantime if you have any queries now please telephone or email Michelle or Tony.

 

Michelle & Tony

Annapolis Day Is Always A Favourite

We had such a great day yesterday in historic Annapolis. We started the day at the State House for a one hour guided tour. They learned a lot about the historic connections between Annapolis and England. From the State House we walked into the United States Naval Academy. We took in the splendor of the Navy Chapel. We then went to the crypt of Navy Hero (British traitor) John Paul Jones.  We timed our movement to see the noon day parade. This is where the Plebes march in formation to their mid-day meal. The Plebes are inducted into the Academy July 1st. Their Plebe Summer runs until Parents weekend August 8 & 9.

Shopping in the Navy store is always a hit and this is where mostly all gifts a purchased for family. The girls were then allowed to shop and have lunch in Annapolis before we boarded the Habour Queen boat for a one hour boat ride on the Severn River.

The girls were wonderful company and serenaded the masses wherever we went.

We have a game tonight against St Mary’s. This particular person is hoping that the overcast skies will limit activity and they will be rested and ready to play. Have no doubt these young ladies are having a great time,

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Day in DC

We are taking the day off from playing LAX and taking in some American culture in Washington DC. Our first stop is the White House. What a great opportunity for a photo! Following pictures of both sides of the White House we boarded the coach and went to the World War II and the Vietnam Memorial. The girls and the leaders enjoyed the reverencimage image image image image image image image image image image imagee of both memorials and happened upon a tour guide at the Vietnam Memorial where we learned about the memorial, what it represented, and how the design was selected.

From there we walked to the Lincoln Memorial. Awe impressive by the shear stature of the monument. Of course throughout all of this sightseeing the girls singing has featured which has attracted a lot of admirers.

We are now in the Air and Space Museum at The Smithsonian. The free Wifi and a few moments has given me much needed catch up for our website.

Game V Severna Park 5-9

After a weekend of fun in the sun it was back to play on Monday evening. The heat was not a contender but the team from Severna Park certainly were. They scored within the first 2 minutes of the game and although we answered the halftime score was four all. The second half we only could get one goal past their defence and they managed to score an additional five goals.

Allimage image image image image image image the girls worked hard but the fun of the weekend took it’s toll with tiredness setting in and poor decision making. The girls were disappointed but their spirits remained high.

Our next game is Wednesday evening against Davidsonville. Looking forward to seeing renewed energy and the continued winning spirits.

Game against the BUCS a winner

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image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image imageOur girls showed up ready to play mentally and physically. The game got underway and we soon were on the scoreboard with a goal by Georgie Owen. The girls seemed to loose their way a bit and the BAYS  answered with four goals. But not to be dishearted they kept their heads up and fought back. By half time we were leading 5-4 through the combinations of  Emma’s goalkeeping and the 3 M’s (Molly Maisy Millie) in defence; plus draw winning Alice and the attack of Emily, Lydia, Chloe and Louisa. In the second half the whole squad united to maintain a lead to finish 11 – 8 winners. The Coaches and leadership team were proud of the squad’s determination and support for each other achieving an opening tour win. Today’s game is against BUCS in the north of Anne Arundel County, draw 12.00. View posts on Twitter @MetroGirlsLAX

More photos from Day 1

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Travel Day and Day One

image image image image image image image image image image image imageWe had a fantastic travel day with no hiccups. The girls were fantastic, the fight and crew top notch and our welcome to Annapolis was heart felt and amazing.
Day 1 in Annapolis consisted of much cooler weather than the day we arrived. What a blessing because we arrived to heat and humidity. We met at 11:45 for a light 45 minute training and a lot of chatter and sharing of stories about host families, first evening activities, and new experiences already.
From the training we had a formal welcome from at our Director Coach Steve Willett and the gift exchange between host and hosted girls. We promptly left to shop and pizza in a LAX World where the girls were offered a 15% discount on purchased items. From what I could tell everyone took advantage of the generous offer.
This evening is our first game at Annapolis High School against BAYS with a reception to follow.
Watch our twitter feed for game updates! @MetroGirlsLAX Continue reading Travel Day and Day One

Pre-Tour Post

This being my first attempt to post on the official MetroGirls site for the 2014 Tour. Having had our last training and Alumni Game Sunday, July 13 we are really setting our sights on our travel day and tour.

The Alumni Game was great fun and the Metro team showed what they are made of by winning their match against ‘the oldies’ 10-9. A big thank you to the Alumni that came from far and near to play and support this years programme. It was wonderful to see each and everyone of you. Also thank you to Megan, the Brooklands LDO for stepping in as our goalie. Much appreciated.

See you all at the airport July 23 at 8:00am, Terminal 2. Remember your Passports!!!!

 

 

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Newsletter – 30th June 2014

Dear Parents & Players

2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014

Next Training, Sunday 6th July @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 10.00am till 4.00pm

The last remaining training day is the following Sunday, 13th July @ Mellor Lacrosse Club, Longhurst Lane, 10.00am till 4.00pm and includes a game (played in the tour playing kit) against a MetroGirls Alumni squad, kit hand-out and brief Parents meeting.

Spending Money: Many parents have already made deposits, thank you.

The last date for us to receive the remainder is Wednesday 9th July 2014 in order for cheques to clear and transfer to be arranged and completed prior to our arrival.

Tour Brochure: Currently being printed, and includes the squad photograph taken at the last training session to which we have added the three group members who were not available.

Questions Answered (as last Newsletter)

  1. Guidance on the amount of spending money? A. Approx. £150, plus cost of any clothing/lax kit intending to be purchased
  2. Length of long white playing socks? A. To extend to lower calf to prevent ingress of astro-turf material getting inside socks, which occurs when wearing liner socks.
  3. Are white support shorts still required? A. No, the playing kit shorts fulfill this requirement.
  4. How strict is the ‘predominantly white’, travel trainers? A. Travelfootwear MUST be a sports trainer and not the canvas shoes type; the colour is less critical.

 

Host Families: Details of the MetroGirls USA host CrosseOver girl and families will be posted to you during week commencing 14th July 2014, along with the final tour details comprising of the final newsletter, itinerary, leaders USA contact details and packing information. If you are away during this week and require us to email you this information please let us know by email.

On-Tour Game & Activity Reports: these will be available through the web site www.metrogirlslacrosse.org and also by twitter, @MetroGirlsLAX throughout the period of the tour for you to be able to receive game results, activities and photographs.

MetroGirls return date: Thursday 7th August 2014, schedule arrival time 6.55 am Terminal 2; and allowing for the potential early arrival, immigration process and baggage collection please be in the T2 arrival hall by 7.30am for a brief, de-briefing sign-off before traveling home. The leaders traveling back with the girls will be Helen Carlsson, Jo James and Carina Eaton. Michelle and Tony are remaining in Annapolis for a family event until 19/08/14, but will accompanying the group until checked for their flight and passing through security at Dulles Airport, Washington

If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

See you all on Sunday 6th July 2014

 

Michelle & Tony

Newsletter – June 2014

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2014

Dear Parents & Players

2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014

Next Training Sunday 22nd June @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 9.45am till 4.00pm

This training day includes the Team Photograph in team kit (immediately on arrival) and a game against an open-age Brooklands team; draw 2.15pm.

Tour Kit: We have taken delivery of the playing shirts & skorts, travel shirts, hoody’s and Game-Day shirts, and the tour bags, backpacks and boot bags will arrive on 1st July!

Team Photograph: A professional photographer is attending the training session on Sunday 22nd for a squad photograph in our game-day kit for the commemorative tour brochure and a gift for you and the American host families.

Tour Brochure: Produced to provide a commemorative gift and promotion of the exchange programme, and will include details of the MetroGirls tour group, information about the location of the participating lacrosse communities in Anne Arundel County, Cheshire and Lancashire, and advertisements of supporting organisations and individuals. Please contact us if you wish to be included.

Medical Consent: Thank you for those returned received already; please can the remainder be complete and returned to us at the next training session on the 22nd June 2014.

Questions Answered:-

  1. Guidance on the amount of spending money? A. Approx. £150, plus cost of any clothing/lax kit intending to be purchased (deposits to HSBC MetroGirls Lacrosse, Sort code 40-31-24, account # 02294079, cheque made payable to ‘MetroGirls Lacrosse’ and posted to 26 Grenville Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5AF.)
  2. Length of long white playing socks? A. To extend to lower calf to prevent ingress of astro-turf material getting inside socks, which occurs when wearing liner socks.
  3. Are white support shorts still required? A. No, the playing kit skorts fulfil this requirement.
  4. How strict is the ‘predominantly white’, travel trainers? A. Travelfootwear MUST be a sports trainer and not the canvas shoes type; the colour is less critical.

On-Tour Game & Activity Reports: these will be available through the web site www.metrogirlslacrosse.org and also by twitter, @MetroGirlsLAX throughout the period of the tour for you to be able to receive game results, activities and photographs.

Remaining Training Dates: Sunday 6th July 2014, 10.00am till 4.00pm @ TBA; Sunday 13th July 2014, 10.00am till 4.00pm Final Training and Alumni Game; including Parents Meeting and Kit hand-out, @ Mellor.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

See you all on Sunday 22nd June 2014

 

Michelle & Tony

Newsletter – April 2014

Dear Parents & Players

2014 USA MetroGirls Tour; Wednesday 23rd July to 7th August 2014

Next Training Day Sunday 11th May @ Brooklands Lacrosse Club, 10.00am till 4.00pm

This will be our first full training day following the Team Building Day, and we look forward to seeing all the players to continue with the tour preparation. The arrangement for the remainder of the training sessions are:-

Sunday 11th May 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Brooklands (NOTE CHANGE)

Sunday 18th May 2014 Training 10.00am till 4.00pm@ Stockport

Sunday 8th June 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Stockport

Sunday 22nd June 2014 Training & Scrimmage Game 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Brooklands

Sunday 6th July 2014, Training 10.00am till 4.00pm @ TBA

Sunday 13th July 2014, Final Training, Alumni Game, Parents Meeting and Kit hand-out 10.00am till 4.00pm @ Mellor.

Players MUST bring with them to ALL the team building, training and game days the following items:-

  • Stick(s), gloves (if worn), gum guard, eye guard (if worn)
  • Both, trainers & cleats/boots, sports underwear, two training shirts & shorts, two extra pairs of socks;
  • Sweat top & pants, water proof jacket,
  • A complete change of travelling home clothes, towel,
  • A large water bottle, plus an additional 1 litre bottle of water; energy snacks and lunch including carbohydrates, (no carbonated or energy drinks)
  • And a large plastic bin liner capable of holding all your kit and kit bag.

 

Please use this as a check list prior to each session.

Final Tour Payment: If not already paid the balance of £725.00 (unless a larger amount has already been paid) is required by 7 May 2014, with payment preferably by internet banking to HSBC MetroGirls Lacrosse, please contact us for bank account details if required.

Consent Form: Please complete and return if not already done so.

Tour Kit, Gifts & Clothes: As an update, the tour bags, and clothing have been ordered, and also a cream ware mini tanked jug from the Princes Trust Burleigh Pottery has been purchased for each of the USA Host Families.

Sponsorship: We are pleased to announce that Oaklands Hospitalof Ramsey Healthcare UK, have financially sponsored MetroGirls players and leaders Travel Shirts, obtained through the support of Helen Baythorpe.

 

See you all on Sunday 11th May 2014

 

Michelle & Tony

2013 Crossover Tour Itinerary

DAY PLAYERS [note ‘arrival time’ and the ‘30th & 31st day’ changes]
JULY

Thursday

18th

Having departed Baltimore BWI Wednesday afternoon to first fly to Atlanta, and  flying overnight, the Anne Arundel County ‘ CrosseOver group arrive Manchester Airport, Terminal 2 at 11.00am ; to be welcomed by the MetroGirls host families, with a short meeting, and thereafter departing to their MetroGirls host’s home.
Friday

19th

AAC Training, meet 12.30pm, at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE, followed by ‘Welcome’ presentations at 1.30pm.
Sat’day

20th

AAC game v Stockport Lacrosse Club, meet 9.30am at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE, for 10.30 draw, followed by presentations and buffet/ refreshments.
Sun 21st Free day with host families
Monday

22nd

AAC game v Mellor Lacrosse Club, meet 6.00pm at Mellor Sports Club, Longhurst Lane, Mellor, SK6 5PN, for a 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.

 

It will be arranged for the Oxton hosted girls to stay overnight with Mellor, Stockport and Brookland’s families for their early departure to London.

Tuesday

23rd

AAC (only) Day in London, travelling by train for visits to the Tower of London, and the Houses of Parliament, a river cruise, sightseeing Big Ben, Downing Street, Horse Guards Parade, Buckingham Palace and Hard Rock café. Meet Stockport Station main entrance, Grand Central Way, Stockport, SK3 9HZ, @ 8.30am for 9.04am departure. Return Stockport at 9.55pm for collection of USA girls by host parents.
Wed’day

24th

AAC Game v Wirral, meet 6.00pm at Oxton Cricket Club, Townfield Lane, Oxton CH43 2GL for 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Thursday

25th

AAC (only) Day visit to Warwick and Stratford upon Avon, travelling by coach, visiting Warwick Castle and sightseeing Stratford, home of Shakespeare. Two pick-up points, Stockport pickup 8.30am at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE; Wind Mill Pub car park, M6 J19 pickup 9.15am; return 6.00pm & 6.45 pm respectively.
Friday

26th

AAC Game v Brooklands U16, meet 6.00pm at Brookland’s Sports Club, WhiteHall Road, Sale, M33 2NL for 7.00pm draw, followed by presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Sat 27th Free day with host families
Sun 28th Free day with host families
Monday

29th

Free Day with Host Families
Tuesday

30th

MetroGirls & AAC ‘lacrosse clinic’ meet 10.00am at Brooklands Sports Club, finish 1.00pm. Rest of the day free.
Wed’day

31st

Joint AAC & MetroGirls day visit to Alton Towers ‘ride’ park travelling by coach. Two pick-up points, Stockport pick-up 8.30am, Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE; Wind Mill Pub car park, M6 J19 pickup 9.15am; return 6.00pm & 6.45 pm respectively
AUGUST

Thu 1st

Friendship Game, ACC v MetroGirls meet 5.00pm at Stockport Cricket Club, Beech Road, Cale Green, SK3 8HE for 6.30pm draw; followed by end of tour reception/ presentations and buffet/refreshments.
Friday

2nd

ACC depart from Manchester Airport, Terminal 2; meet in departures at 9.30am for 12.45pm flight home, via Atlanta, arriving Baltimore at 8.59pm (12.59am UK Saturday)

 

Friendship game – Metrogirls vs Anne Arundel

Quick update, full report to follow:

The girls played a great game and showed real determination but unfortunately lost their early lead the the Anne Arundel team.

Final score. Anne Arundel 8, Metrogirls 7.

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