ELITE OPPORTUNITY: Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School students benefited from a tour of the New York Red Bulls venues, training with one of the powerhouse club’s coaches.
ELITE OPPORTUNITY: Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School students benefited from a tour of the New York Red Bulls venues, training with one of the powerhouse club’s coaches. CONTRIBUTED

US trip of lifetime provides vital links for students and mentor

HAVING recently returned from the United States, Stewart Drinkeld is getting organised in his new Knights role.

But it wasn't only the Ipswich Girls' Grammar School students who benefited from the two-week tour taking in Los Angeles and New York.

Drinkeld gained some first-hand insights into American coaching when the tour group saw Los Angeles Galaxy train and play, and watched the top UCLA women's team. The touring party also visited the New York Red Bulls.

"I met the coaches, had a chat and got some links with them,'' Drinkeld said.

"They started the equivalent to our A-League back in about 1995 or 6, just after they had the World Cup. So technically, they are a lot further ahead of us.''

Some IGGS students gained valuable links to possible future scholarships in New York.

"Girls' football is massive in the States,'' Drinkeld said.

Back home starting his work as new Knights top team mentor, Drinkeld has been talking to the players about next season.

He is planning a running and family session for the men's side on November 16, from 3-5pm.

The first get-together will be at the Robelle Domain, Springfield, before the BPL pre-season is mapped out.



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