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Mississippi Flood Central
“We Would like to thank Total Football Experience for an amazing week with our teams. It was an excellent experience for all involved. We will certainly be back in the future”.
Louisiana Fire Juniors Soccer Club
Dear Coach Ritchie and Coach Steven,
As I reflect on our trip, I can’t remove the smile from my face. I have a warm and fuzzy feeling as I reflect on our trip to England with the Total Football Experience. I, Alida Olson, accompanied my son, Anders, on the trip of a lifetime. I keep thinking why I have this smile and this great feeling about the past 10 days. I have traveled many places in the world and seen many things and don’t feel this way when I think back on some travels.
It’s now come to me, it’s all about RELATIONSHIPS and your experiences. Coach Ritchie and Coach Steven provided us a trip rich in both. They truly wanted to get to know each and every player and parent. They kept fine tuning the itinerary where us parents did not want to miss out on anything our boys were experiencing.
Total Football Experience is a “top notch” tour company that exceeded our expectations. I would give them a 12 on a scale from 1 to 10.
The relationships that this tour company fosters are friendships and it’s like getting a backstage pass to experience what others cannot. Almost like a famous soccer player friend inviting you to their hometown and bringing you to their premier league matches and allowing you to play in the stadiums that he once played in with all the fan fair.
Anders’, favorite part was playing the different academy teams and the pace of the games. It’s also nice to walk away with two wins. Anders quote in describing the trip was short and precise, “Awesome”.
Thank you both for working closely with our coach to provide the Total Football Experience.
Louisiana Fire Juniors Soccer Club
Hi Coach Ritchie & Coach Steven,
As promised, I am sending you a message about our boys experience last week in England. As we have gotten settled back in to reality here in NOLA I have asked both the boys to give me their thoughts on what this trip to England gave to them individually.
As you know, my husband Eddie had been to England in 2008, with a different tour group, with our older son Steven. It was a good experience for our son Steven from an overall soccer perspective but my husband’s experience didn’t match what we just experienced last week with your tour! It was exceptional and exceeded our expectations both from a player and parent perspective.
Coach Keir joined the Fire just 2 years ago and has been my older son Jacob’s coach for those 2 years. Coach Keir has done an amazing job in just that short period of time with bringing more of the England way/style of coaching and tactical instruction to our boys. So my son Jacob has benefited from being under that coaching prior to coming to England. Having said that, what this trip meant for Jacob (14) and what he felt he gained from it was “being faster on the ball and the quickness of his game.”
My younger son Ethan (10) has not had the same experiences yet that Jacob has so we wanted him to be exposed to it as well. Ethan’s thoughts were - “it helped me with movement on the field, my touch on the ball, and the quickness with my passing.”
My boys overall experience and ours is one we will never forget and one of our more memorable trips we have taken as a family!
Thank you for your generosity and attention to details for both our boys and the parents.
Sincerely the Cabos family!
If either of you ever come to NOLA please let us know. We would love to provide you guys with some NOLA hospitality!
“Our team’s tour to England with Total Football Experience soccer tours was top-notch! The players had excellent training and competition with youth club teams there. Chester was an excellent host city that offered a safe place for the kids and plenty of diverse activities for families. My son learned so much about football in the U.K., from youth clubs to Premiere League. I highly recommend this wonderful experience!”
“My family and I had an amazing time on our football tour of England. It was a trip of a lifetime for my nephew. Between the stadium tours, the training, the friendly matches and all of the sightseeing, I know it's a trip he will never forget. The itinerary had a great mixture of activities to ensure the whole family had something fun to do. Ritchie and Steven offered great coaching and knowledge of the area. Overall I'd give it 5 out of 5 stars.”
Our family had the trip of a lifetime when our soccer club’s U13 boys went to England with Total Football Experience! Ritchie and Steven are awesome, locally-based coaches who are well connected in the English football community. They organized jammed packed experiences such as behind-the-scenes tours of Manchester City and Manchester United stadiums and academy programs; going to two Premier League games; playing friendly matches against local teams; and so much more. This was an amazing bonding opportunity for the boys as well as for the families. We had a blast touring England and getting to see first-hand how soccer is organized at the highest level. If you have a son or daughter who is passionate about soccer, I highly recommend organizing a team trip with Total Football Experience!
Thank you again for a wonderful, literally life-changing experience!!
Hope our paths cross again.
Mississippi Rush & Mississippi Soccer Association
Ritchie and Steven,
I don’t know what to say. After the incredible tour my son and I experienced in England last year, my expectations were somewhat neutral for the Barcelona trip. I thought there’s no way they can top the England trip. Boy, was I wrong. You guys are class.
Reflecting back on the trip, I would not have done anything differently. We had one of the most memorable experience of our lives. The culture, architecture, food, wine and football were exceptional. Total Football Experience has perfected the science of making these trips fun and enjoyable for everyone. Aden and I look forward to seeing you guys again. He’s even started calling you Uncle Ritchie and thinks he’ll get to stay in your seaside cottage.
Again, the location you guys chose was perfect. The accommodations were great, the itinerary was great, the training facilities were great. The only thing less than superior is your and Steven’s taste in football clubs (Go City!). Seriously, I hope the people reading this and the other testimonials call you guys so they can have the experience we had. I have no doubt they will love every second of your tour. By the way, watching Messi score in Camp Nou was amazing.
Louisiana Fire Juniors Soccer Club
Thank you for our incredible tour of England with the Louisiana Fire Juniors. It was an unforgettable experience for Stephen. He enjoyed it and has many great memories. Also, thank you for making the families feel so welcome and giving great advice for us to enjoy our trip. Stephen’s siblings, Andrew and Elizabeth, were able to have a great time and we created many family memories.
Mississippi Flood Soccer Club
“We have just returned from a soccer tour to England organised by Total Football Experience. I wasn't sure what to expect, however, it turned out to be one of the best family trip I've ever taken. We took a tour bus around the London landmarks and also took a river cruise on the Thames. We saw a live soccer game. We gained an understanding of how the communities in England raise their kids with soccer at the heart of it, we were also given an insight into how young players are scouted to train with professional clubs. We loved touring all the stadiums and the local soccer clubs. The landscaping that we saw was indescribable.
This trip is as exciting as you want it to be, or as relaxing as you want it to be. The kids trained almost every day with great coaches! My son said that there are things that the coaches said that will make him a better player. We were able to compete in a few games against the kids that play there locally. All of the accommodations were far greater than I expected. All of the food was planned, and great. The Roman city of Chester, it was the coolest town that you would never even know to tour. The whole trip was very well run, the coach was comfortable, there was always time to eat, rest, bathe and still see everything historical and for soccer enthusiast alike. I felt very safe the entire trip as well, there was no rushing to get somewhere or missed exits. I highly recommend this trip, Ritchie and Steve were the perfect hosts, top class service and quality coaching sessions."
Manager 06 MS Rush Premier Boys
Ritchie, the trip was amazing! My family and myself really enjoyed ourselves. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. Your itinerary was perfect, allowing the families to take in key sites in London, Chester and Wales. The stadium tours were phenomenal really putting things into perspective as it relates to the popularity and passion of Futbol in England! You were very accommodating and understanding to the groups needs. I really don’t believe we could have fit much more into the schedule as it was pretty packed. The boys really enjoyed playing the academy and club teams, I just wish Drew could have participated in the games. Thank you again for providing us a lifetime of great memories across the pond!!
By the way, my oldest son is still singing Crystal Palace songs.
Mississippi Flood FC, ’03 Boys Head Coach
“Total Football Experience (TFE) exceeded our expectations on this trip. From my own past experiences, I know how difficult it is to organize a soccer/football tour that tailors to everyone (player and parents) equally, without compromising either on or off the field activities. TFE worked with us to design a perfect itinerary, with the appropriate balance of training, matches and cultural attractions. I cannot thank them enough for their professionalism and enthusiasm.
Ritchie and Steve were with us from the beginning once we landed and have gone above and beyond to make everyone’s experience memorable and pleasant. We trained with top (Premier League) academy coaches, who were always available and welcoming of any questions from both players and parents. The entire trip was great value for the money and I would recommend TFE without reservation to anyone wanting to go to the U.K. for a soccer/football tour. In fact, we are already planning our next trip with them … this time perhaps to Spain.”
Every piece of the trip had an element that both parents and players could enjoy. The training was top notch, the visits to Old Trafford and Carrington were “once in a lifetime experiences” and from day one, we were treated like family. I can’t say that one event was my favorite.
The “touristy” aspect alone would have made the trip worthwhile. Add onto that the experience of playing the academy teams, the excellent training sessions, attending professional matches and getting a local experience in Chester... No way I can narrow it down to one part. That’s a testament to the effort that Coach Ritchie and Coach Steven put into our trip!
Jackson Soccer Club
“Our recent trip to England with “Total Football Experience” exceeded our expectations…by a long shot. Ritchie and Steve ran a “first class” operation and we couldn’t be happier. Obviously the soccer training was excellent, the matches were a treat, and the experiences outside of soccer were once in a lifetime…but above that was the personal feel that these guys create during the week. The players get to know the coaches on a personal level and get insight and feedback on their game that they’ll take with them forever.
The parents and families get to experience London and Chester, and have Ritchie and Steve along the way to introduce local venues with truly unique character that we haven’t experienced before. The town of Chester is ideal for this trip to England…quaint, safe, friendly, clean and full of Roman history. We quickly became comfortable enough to let the kids explore the town on their own during the afternoons while we sampled local shopping and strolled the streets and listened to live music being played at “The Cross” in the middle of town. Ritchie and “Craney” (Coach Steve) have an incredible ability to create a personal and “family like” feel to all elements of this trip. That quality can’t be taught. Some are born with it…and some aren’t. We are lucky enough to have met these guys and now call them friends. We’re looking forward to the next “Total Football Experience”!
Louisiana Fire Juniors Soccer Club
I wanted to thank you both for a wonderful experience. Connor had a fantastic time...one that he will always hold close to his heart. You were both such gracious hosts and the activities scheduled were enjoyable to both players and parents. Keep up the good work and God willing we will return on the next tour.