Player Testimonials

Player Testimonials From Reading Trip and Noel Hunt Camp
Ryan's favorite highlights from the Reading trip:
  • Escorting Noel Hunt onto the field for the Reading vs Leicester game
  • Shaking hands with all the Reading and Leicester players
  • Doing warm up exercises on the field at Madejski Stadium with the Reading Coaches while 26,000 fans watched
  • Behind the scenes tour of Madejski Stadium including meeting all the Reading players and getting their autographs
  • Exceptional training for several hours each day with the Reading Academy teams- U10-11, U12 and U13
  • Performing drills with Reading legend, Michael Gilkes
  • Enjoying a delicious Sunday Roast at Toby Carvery with Noel Hunt and Lee Herron
  • Visiting the town of Reading and the Oracle area
  • Playing with the U12 Academy against a local U13 team- enjoyed playing left wing and center midfield positions
  • Taking the tube into Tottenham to watch the Hotspurs vs Bolton game
A few quotes from Ryan about the Reading trip:
  • "The trip to Reading was one of the best soccer experiences of my life"…
  • "I am so glad that I was picked for this awesome opportunity"…
  • "The Reading coaches were fantastic and really helped me to improve my skills"…
  • "My favorite memory is training and playing with the Academy teams because they are all so talented"
  • "Everyone at Reading made us feel so welcome- I didn't want to leave"
  • "I loved all the intensive training sessions from the Reading coaches"
  • "I will always cherish my memories of Reading and all the fantastic people I met"
Ryan's quotes regarding the Noel Hunt Camp 2011 in Charlotte:
  • "The Noel Hunt Camp was superior- the coaches were very experienced and taught me a lot"
  • "The intense dribbling exercises during camp really helped me to improve my game"
  • "Everyone from the Reading staff was friendly and made the camp fun to attend"
  • "I will look forward to the Noel Hunt Camp every year- it's amazing!"
  • "Noel Hunt is a great soccer player and someone I look up to"
Blake Pope Noel Hunt Pro Camp and Ipswich Town FC Trip

Our son attended the Noel Hunt pro camp last summer and truly enjoyed the experience. From check in to closing ceremonies, it was top notch professionally ran camp. My son has attended a large number of camps all over the country. I would have to say that this is one of the best camps he has ever attended.  For it to be right in our backyard it is always on our summer must do list. The quality of the coaching staff was superior. The sessions where very organized and well run. The player to coach ratio was perfect and allowed for more attention to individual players than most camps I have seen. He really learned a lot that he could take back and apply to his game.


He was fortunate enough to be chosen to attend Ipswich Town FC to train for a week. What an incredible experience, that is one he will never forget. To be able to train and play with kids at that level was amazing. The Charlotte area is very fortunate to have such a valuable resource like first XI Sports.

-Tina Pope