Under-19s arrive in South Africa for MPC 2015
31st March 2015
A youthful Under-19 squad touched down in Cape Town on Tuesday morning as they prepare for the start of the 2015 Metropolitan Premier Cup.
Following a gruelling 11-hour flight from London Heathrow, the travelling party were taken to their accommodation at the nearby Weston Cape Sports School where they will stay for the next seven days.
After just a couple of hours in the city it was clear that the humidity and surroundings were going to be quite an eye-opener in what should prove to be a memorable experience for both players and staff.
And with Swansea City being the only representative from the Barclays Premier League and UK, it marks a fantastic opportunity to showcase the club across the other side of the globe.
Members of the coaching staff were later invited to a civic reception where the Director of Sport in Cape Town, Gert Bam, introduced everyone to the city ahead of the start of this year's tournament.
And coach Gary Richards believes the next week will be a great experience for everyone involved.
"I think the players are starting to realise just how big this tournament is," he said. "There are 32 teams involved, some very good sides to come up against and also great interest from local supporters.
"The experience will also be of great value. They will learn so much from coming here, the different cultures and styles on offer and what will help them just as much will be sharing the accommodation with 17 other teams.
"Ultimately, we just want to do ourselves justice in this tournament. Not only that, but we want the players themselves to go and express themselves and perform.
"The more you look into the competition, the more you realise the calibre of some of the other teams involved. There will be some fit, strong and athletic opposition and it is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved."
The Under-19s' opening match of this year's tournament is on Thursday when they take on Battswood at 1.45pm (12.45pm GMT).