Thirty-two players from top adidas youth clubs nationwide were selected to train and compete in Lyon, France this past week as part of the generation adidas international Olympique Lyonnais Select Program. Penn Legacy's very own Nicte Aco was one of the players selected to be part of this exclusive training opportunity. Follow along to see what experiences occurred in Days 5 through 8 of the trip.
DAY 5 - Thursday, August 17, 2017
Today the team again arrived at the Olympique Lyonnais Training Center with their spirits high, beginning their day by attending the Olympique Lyonnais Women’s first team training session. The girls had the opportunity to meet the current Champions League title holders and to snap a few pictures with the team. After the session finished, the Select group gathered to eat lunch and to rest up for their first competitive matches against the Olympique Lyonnais Academy teams. Both Select teams fared very well. The Select A Team was held to a nil-nil tie, playing against the U19 Olympique Lyonnais Academy team, while the Select B team dominated in a 1-4 victory over the U16 Olympique Lyonnais Academy team.
As the Olympique Lyonnais first team finish training, the big moment finally arrives! Time for the Lyon #adidasSelect17 to meet these wonderful top level soccer players.
Excited much! The Olympique Lyonnais first team were charming, humble, generous and inspiring! The Lyon #adidasSelect17 walked away from the time they shared buzzing with excitement.
Soccer sistas! The present and the future of the beautiful World game. The Lyon #adidasSelect17 and the Olympique Lyonnais first team.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 A, looking positive prior to kicking off against Olympique Lyonnais.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 A played out a thrilling 0-0 draw against the Olympique Lyonnais U19s (a great part of the team is 16-17 though). A fine result against a superb team. Nice one Select!
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 B, ready to rock ´n roll against Olympique Lyonnais.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 B were delighted to win 1-4 against the Olympique Lyonnais U16s playing some exciting attacking soccer.
DAY 6 - Friday, August 18, 2017
Today the team kicked off the day with their last training session of the week with the Olympique Lyonnais Academy coaches. After a great final session, the players said their thank yous and goodbyes to their coaches. The players’ first short visit to the city on Wednesday left the girls anxious to get back out and see more. This afternoon they did just that, but this time took a trip to nearby Switzerland! The team headed out to the Swiss city of Geneva, just two hours outside of Lyon. They enjoyed the beautiful Lake Geneva and some of the city’s famous monuments, like St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Place du Bourg-de-Four in the Old Town. Before heading back to the hotel to rest up for their match day tomorrow, the girls were sure to stock up on Swiss chocolates.
DAY 7 - Saturday, August 19 , 2017
The last full day of the program ended on a high note as both teams finished the week with a win. The Select A team took on the U18 Football Club Caluire team this afternoon and came out on top with a decisive 10 - 0 victory. The Select B team also finished victoriously, edging Croix de Savoire 2 - 1. After the matches the girls, still buzzing from their respective wins, headed over to attend the Ligue 1 match Olympique Lyonnais vs. Bordeaux. The girls finished off their evening with a farewell dinner at their preferred local restaurant, enjoying the company of their teammates and staff one last time in Lyon.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 A prior to kick off against Caluire.
The Caluire U18 girls were great sports and really keen to bond with the The Lyon #adidasSelect17as you can see here. Sunny smiles all round.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 B take their final team picture of the program prior to their 1 - 2 win over Croix de Savoie.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 B defeated Croix de Savoie U18s 1 - 2 in a thrilling match which was celebrated with a great post game photo.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 watched a fantastic game of Ligue 1 soccer as Olympique Lyon & Bordeaux played out a 3-3 draw. The Lyon Select felt the passion for their team cheering them on throughout.
The Lyon #adidasSelect17 supporting their team at the Olympique Lyon & Bordeaux game. Nous sommes l'olympique Lyonnais! (second from left is PL's Nicte Aco)
DAY 8 - Sunday, August 20, 2017
After an eventful trip filled with memories and learning experiences, both on the field and off, the team packed up and began their journeys home. They started their day of travel by departing to Amsterdam, and then continued to New York before catching flights to their respective hometowns. The girls return familiar with the training methodologies of the best women’s club in Europe, and will look to use this experience as a stepping stone towards their goals of becoming professional players.
After such an incredible week the The Lyon #adidasSelect17 are going to be missing each other over the coming days. Over the course of the Program they bonded on and off the field. The beautiful game creating beautiful friendships.