Maclay School football team is going international. They’re packing their bags and heading to Dublin, Ireland in August 2024. This exciting news was confirmed by the team to the Democrat on Tuesday.
They’re not going alone, though. The Marauders will square off against another American school in a match that’s sure to be remembered. This overseas showdown is part of the Global Football Ireland tour.
But it’s not just Maclay making the journey. They’ll be joining the ranks of the Chiles High School football team and the Florida State University football team, all set to take part in the Emerald Isle’s football festivities in 2024. The event? None other than the highly anticipated Aer Lingus College Football Classic.
So, buckle up Tallahassee, your third local football team is ready to bring their A-game to Ireland!
Maclay School football team Gearing Up for Ireland 2024
Looks like Maclay School’s football team won’t be the only one gracing Ireland with its presence. Chiles High School’s football team has also been invited to join the action. They haven’t confirmed their participation yet, but we’re all waiting with bated breath!
It’s not just high school teams taking the field, either. Florida State University will go head-to-head with Georgia Tech on August 24, 2024, as part of the Aer Lingus College Football Classic.
As for the venue? Maclay will be showcasing their skills at the Donnybrook Stadium, while Florida State University will light up the Aviva Stadium with their game.
So what comes next? According to head coach Jason Cauley, it’s time to get the funding ball rolling. With approval from the school’s leadership in their pocket, they’re set to start raising money for travel expenses. Each player’s trip comes with a price tag estimated between $4000 to $4500. The team plans to cover these costs through a series of fundraisers and generous donations. So get ready, because it’s time to support our teams as they gear up for the trip of a lifetime!
“For the kids, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go represent our school and go represent their families on foreign soil, and also play a day before Florida State,” Cauley said. “Again, I think it’s just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these kids and something that they will never forget for the rest of their lives.”
The Marauders are in good company! They’re set to become the fourth Florida high school football team to make the epic 4000-mile trek to Ireland. This is pending approval and successful fundraising from Leon County Schools, of course. They’ll be joining Chiles, Miami Belen Jesuit, and the Community School of Naples in this exciting international adventure.