Nova Scotia

Halifax women's soccer team to learn from pros in England

A Halifax women's soccer team will be spend 10 days in England this month to see how their skills measure up to professional players'.

Halifax City Soccer Club's premier women's team will spend 10 days in Newcastle

The Halifax City Soccer Club's premier women's team pose before their trip to England. (Anjuli Patil/CBC)

A Halifax women's soccer team will be spend 10 days in England this month to see how their skills measure up to professional players'.

The Halifax City Soccer Club's premier women's team will leave for London Thursday night. 

Once they land, the 17 players will take a five hour bus ride to play and learn from Newcastle United Football Club's women's team.

"We're playing a series of three games. It's not a tournament, but it's also not just for fun either. It'll be learning, but also pretty competitive" said Kaitlyn MacIsaac during Monday night soccer practice at Wickwire Field. 

The trip was the idea of the Halifax club's former coaching director, Ken Wharton. He played for for Newcastle United in the English Premier League.

The team raised money to make it happen.

"We're looking to make connections with professional women's teams over there, looking to see what the calibre is like, how it compares to the Nova Scotia and whether or not that's a viable option for girls to go play," said MacIsaac

​The team has watched a video of Newcastle playing.

"I'm a little intimidated but I'm sure it will be fun. It will be cool to play against a different group of girls and we're expecting big competition," said Ana Balbino.

The Halifax team has one more practice Wednesday night before the trip. The squad is made up of high school and university players.

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