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Jerviston 2002's the latest to book up for Oslo

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Within youth football, there are few tournaments which can boast of having more than 1,600 teams taking part. However, this is the case for the Norway Cup, the world's biggest international youth soccer tournament.
Teams travel from all over the world to compete at this fantastic event, renowned for its great organization, which is held in Oslo, Noway.
In 2016 the tournament will be 43 years old, and the latest team heading to Oslo next summer is Jerviston 2002's.
Jerviston coach Derek McDonald spoke to YFS to tell us about why he has chosen to take his team to Norway and what he expects from the tournament itself.
"We have previously visited Holland on two occasions to play local teams in both organised tournaments and friendly matches. These trips have been vital in building a strong bond between the entire group of players, coaches and parents, and we see our participation in the Norway Cup as an extension of the development."
McDonald also feels that being able to represent Scotland in Norway will be a real honour. "Being given the chance to compete against teams from all over the globe, from Mexico to China, and representing Scotland whilst doing so will be a real privilege".
The Norway Cup will also be filmed by Norwegian TV, but Derek McDonald doesn't see the "15 minutes of fame" as the main purpose of the trip. "To be honest, we've not really focussed on this with the players. We are more focussed on the development and team building. It would be nice though nonetheless."
Jerviston weren't ones for hanging around when the possibilty of going to Oslo in 2016 opened up. "Having followed Youth Football Scotland's coverage of Lewis United 2003's in the tournament last year it was on our radar for next year but we hadn't made any real plans to consider participation until we heard about the possibility from YFS". McDonald also added "Once we were aware of the opportunity we moved quickly to consult the players and their parents to assess the interest, and now we are raring to go".
The huge range of facilities on offer to clubs participating in the Norway cup is second to none, and it didn't take much to convince everybody at Jerviston 2002's that Oslo is the place to be in the summer of 2016. "The facilities look spectacular and we cannot wait to get to Oslo to enjoy them."
Everyone at YFS wishes Jerviston 2002's a very enjoyable trip to Oslo and every success in their participaction in the Norway Cup 2016

Kieran Green | YFS South East Region Journalist

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