Members of Western Pride’s U11 Skills Acquisition Program will celebrate their graduation against some of the brightest prospects in the world when they face Manchester United on September 27.

Pride coach Jamie Dixon will lead the touring party to England and the Netherlands to help prepare the young players to take the step up to the PlayStation® National Premier Leagues U12 team next season.

The news comes as Pride are looking to fill the remaining places in next season’s U12 squad with registration still open for trials this Saturday.

Western Pride coach Jamie Dixon said the European tour would show the SAP graduates what it takes to train as a young professional.

“The game against Man United will be an exceptional test for our players,” Dixon said.

“They will also visit other professional clubs’ youth environment, including the Ajax Amsterdam Academy, during their stay in Europe,” Dixon said.

Dixon went on to thank Ipswich City Council for helping to find the travelling costs.

The funding further enhances the close relationship between Pride and Ipswich City Council, who are also undertaking major refurbishment work to the fields at Pride’s Briggs Rd Sporting Complex home ground.

The work means Pride’s U12 trials will take place at 2:30pm Saturday at Kippen Park, Goodna.

Pride’s coaching squad will nominate a squad after Saturday to play a friendly game against Central Queensland FC on the 10th of September.

Trials in other age groups will commence in October.

Trial registration and information can be found at the link below:

Western Pride: 2017 Trials (SAP, Youth, Senior Women)