Young players from Cadley FC Under-11s had the trip of a lifetime when they took part in an international tournament in Germany.
The Fulwood-based club rubbed shoulders with Barcelona, Schalke, Werder Bremen, Borussia Dortmund and FC Twente, among others.
They played nine games in two days in the competition which was hosted by SG Hillen in Recklinghausen – the town is twinned with Preston.
Stephen Bolton, the Cadley manager, said: “The weekend will live long in the memories of the lads.
“They were playing against academy teams from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
“The organiser wanted to bring teams from various nations together to experience different cultures, languages and football skills.
“There were teams from Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Poland and Turkey.
“After just two days the lads had picked up phrases in Polish and German.
“For the journey back to the airport, Bochum lent us their first-team bus to travel in.
“It had leather seats and Playstations, and there were local kids running down the side of coach thinking it was the first-team inside.
“The hospitality was superb and the football excellent.”