A Fond Farewell

10 May 18

If you ever thought about working with us here at SEP maybe this could sway you? It's so nice to receive such a positive letter about Kyle's time with us that we had to share.  Thank you Kyle Garlett for all your hard work and support and we hope to see you again very soon!

"To My SEP Family,

The one constant in life is that life is always changing. And so too must my time here in the U.K., and with you, my wonderful adopted family of Brits. My visa expires in just over a week, and I will be on an airplane back to the States before then.

As someone who makes his living writing words I find it oddly challenging to find just the right words to accurately capture just how much working with you all has meant to me. The enhancement to the English experience that you have afforded me. This adventure, of living overseas, would now feel in retrospect hollow and incomplete if I hadn’t found my way to you three years ago.

You took in this American with the funny accent and insistence that it be called soccer and you gave me a home. You accepted me, and showed me a side of this great and beautiful country and that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

We stood together against wind and rain, mud past our ankles, and the occassional angry customer. But we always stood together. The people I’ve met, befriended, and grown to love through my time with SEP have that one quality very much in common. A strong backbone that has all of us standing as one.

Gold Cup day at Cheltenham, you’re into hour 13 of your shift, and you are doing your level best to explain to scores of drunk punters how to find their coach back home, and it hardly feels like a glamorous job. And it isn’t. But the person next to you in orange sighs, gives you a look, gives you a nod, a smile, and you get back to the task at hand because you are surrounded by a team that is in this thing with you till the end.

I will of course miss the laughter we’ve shared. The stories of course. So many great stories. The varied backgrounds of people that give SEP such richness in the makeup of its personnel. But most of all I will miss knowing that there is a group of people who were once strangers to me, but are now fully committed to being with me till the end.

I hope to be gone for only a year. I hope to return once my visa is renewable. But until then, if you find yourself in Denver, Colorado, please do look me up. I’d love to hear the latest stories.