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Valley United soccer players will serve as escorts at FIFA Women's World Cup in Moncton

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KENTVILLE - A group of Valley United soccer players will get the thrill of a lifetime this weekend when they get to take part in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Moncton.

Valley United president Dara Ramirez says 150 young players will travel to Moncton June 13 for a doubleheader featuring games between France and Colombia and England and Mexico.

Valley United had booked a block of tickets to allow the Valley players and their families to attend and experience the world tournament in person.

"Because we had made one of the largest bookings, we were awarded the opportunity to be player escorts on two of the game days," Ramirez said.

At first, Valley players were supposed to serve as escorts for the team captains for each of the two games.

"That has now changed," Ramirez said, and Valley players will now serve as escorts for every player in the starting lineup for both games.

"Every player in each starting lineup will be escorted by a Valley United player." 

Even though this is a women's tournament, both girls and boys were chosen for the escort duty, Ramirez said.

"We opened it up to the kids who fit the criteria in terms of height and age, regardless of gender," she said.

"It started out as, let's go buy 150 tickets so our soccer kids can be part of the tournament, and have the chance to experience a world-class event. Who could have known we'd get so lucky?"

Valley players will be returning to Moncton June 21 for escort duty at a Round 16 game, with the participants still to be determined.

She was particularly excited that her two daughters, whose father Juan is Colombian, had drawn the duty for the France versus Colombia match, "and will be able to be on the field with the Colombian national team."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valley United president Dara Ramirez says 150 young players will travel to Moncton June 13 for a doubleheader featuring games between France and Colombia and England and Mexico.

Valley United had booked a block of tickets to allow the Valley players and their families to attend and experience the world tournament in person.

"Because we had made one of the largest bookings, we were awarded the opportunity to be player escorts on two of the game days," Ramirez said.

At first, Valley players were supposed to serve as escorts for the team captains for each of the two games.

"That has now changed," Ramirez said, and Valley players will now serve as escorts for every player in the starting lineup for both games.

"Every player in each starting lineup will be escorted by a Valley United player." 

Even though this is a women's tournament, both girls and boys were chosen for the escort duty, Ramirez said.

"We opened it up to the kids who fit the criteria in terms of height and age, regardless of gender," she said.

"It started out as, let's go buy 150 tickets so our soccer kids can be part of the tournament, and have the chance to experience a world-class event. Who could have known we'd get so lucky?"

Valley players will be returning to Moncton June 21 for escort duty at a Round 16 game, with the participants still to be determined.

She was particularly excited that her two daughters, whose father Juan is Colombian, had drawn the duty for the France versus Colombia match, "and will be able to be on the field with the Colombian national team."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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