"It is important to us to see how they act abroad and what they are like off the pitch because we teach them to represent the club and themselves with manners and respect and several times on the tour, representatives from the Premier League, Royal British Legion and members of the public commented on how well behaved they were for such young boys."
On the field, there was plenty of education provided in the four games against continental opposition.
"At this age the priority is not about results" explained Harris. " In Europe they play in calendar years January-to-January, so our side was a mixture of Under-11s and Under-12s from 2001 downwards and with a few of our younger players we were giving away 14 months to the opposition in terms of some of their eligible players
"It's all about development - some of the Under-12s lead by example on and off the pitch as they got the flip-side of being the older boys for a change in their age-group. The younger ones strive to be as good as the older ones and it's a challenge for all of them."