17 Apr 2014

Soccer & Paris – A Winning Combination

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Precise Advisory Group was privileged to be hired to plan and manage the spring foreign tour of the Princeton University Women’s Soccer Team to France.  Head Soccer Coach Julie Shackford led the team of 23 student-athletes, three additional coaches (including, Assistant Coach and former U.S. National Soccer Team member Esmeralda Negron), an athletic trainer, and a Princeton University Athletic Department administrator.

From their stay in a charming, traditional Royal Hotel off the Champs-Élysées and steps away from the Arc de Triomphe, to the Seine River night boat cruise, to visiting Versailles, to the Eiffel Tower visit overlooking the night lights of Paris and far beyond, to meals at traditional Parisian Brasseries and Bistros, the team experienced every aspect of French and Parisian culture that visitors to France dream of.  The team also visited and toured the U.S. Embassy in Paris, as the guest of Princeton alum and Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Jonathan R. Cohen. The trip offered a balance of touring and sport as the Princeton Tigers also competed in a few soccer matches around Paris as well.

Precise Advisory Group was honored to have helped make the Princeton University Women’s Soccer Team’s trip to France enjoyable, memorable and unforgettable.

The following are just a few of the memorable highlights from a week in Paris, March 2014.

With the primary focus of the trip being soccer, the team was honored to attend and observe a morning training session of the men’s professional team, Paris St. Germain, and attend its match against Saint-Etienne on March 16, 2014.

Paris St. Germain men's soccer match

The Paris St. Germain women’s professional team also hosted the Princeton Team, inviting them to tour its training facility, meet the American players on the PSG (Women’s) Team and enjoy a delicious lunch.

The Princeton Team was also invited guests of the Head of the President’s Cabinet at the Fédération Francaise de Football (French Football Federation) where the structure of football (soccer) in France was explained.

French Soccer Federation HQ









And, of course, there was soccer competition.  The Princeton Team played three matches while in France: a night game against an U19 local women’s club – Issy de Moulineaux; an afternoon match against the mighty Paris St. Germain women’s professional team; and a late afternoon match against the U18 Girls French National Team.

The Princeton Team also engaged in social and cultural exchange activities with the Paris Girl Scouts (and their brothers) and a suburban community center for disadvantage youth, while in France.

Girl Scouts Paris_France

Education through athletics exemplified. Princeton Team engaged in cultural exchange and English language practice workshop with local youth at community center. Children and parents from the neighborhood of Marcouville came to meet the American University soccer players and make new friends abroad. Even the mayor of the town came to welcome the Princeton Women’s Soccer Team with the media looking on.

Marcouville cultural centerMayor of Marcouville_Coach ShackfordMayor of Marcouville

It’s a wrap in Marcouville and a good time was had by all, thanks to the U.S. Embassy in Paris Cultural Affairs staff and the Association Unis Pour L’Avenir, which together helped arrange this special day in Marcouville.



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