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Texas Tour 2013

LEAGUE leaders are taking their 100 per cent record to America on a football tour of Texas.

Eighteen sixth formers from The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham, have set out on a 13 day excursion to Houston and Dallas to share their knowledge of the game and expand their horizons.

The fifth trip of its type, the footballers will play the Texans, Northlands School and Dallas Baptist University.

For sports teacher Christopher Lynch the tour will take him back to when he visited the area as a student at The King’s.

He said: “It will certainly be a fantastic experience for the students. There will be lots of food and our American hosts will look after us better than we look after ourselves as they are so generous. I loved going as a student and can’t wait to get back there as a teacher.”

The King’s Academy players are currently top of the Cleveland U18 league having played and won eight matches, scoring 42 goals and with just two matches to play.

Vice principal John Rhodes said: “They have played some great football all season which we are hoping they will replicate in the US.

“We are expecting the American teams to be extremely fit and skilful but hopefully we will have the extra touch that will make the difference.”

Team captain Ryan Grier, 17, who also plays for Marske in the Northern League, added: “We are all really looking forward to the trip, playing football and seeing the sights.”

A packed programme will also see the boys visiting the Dallas Cowboys stadium, an NBA basketball match, two high schools and attending the Champion Forest Baptist Church to meet some of its 12,000-strong congregation.

They will take their hosts a King’s Academy welcome pack and a range of gifts with a Middlesbrough flavour.

A party of students from Houston visited the Teesside academy two weeks ago and a group from Dallas is expected in July.