In this edition of #WhatsYourStory we take a look into the squad from Perthshire who are jetting off to sunny Spain for the Barcelona Summer tournament with Trans World Soccer.
Youth Football Scotland looked to gather the details on how Luncarty were getting on prior to their excursion south, enter gaffer Andy Henderson who provided us with all the answers.
With Barcelona being the destination, as expected the team were mightily keen on visiting the famous European footballing city as well as having a break away from home. Coach Henderson explained, ‘the team are looking forward to visiting the Nou Camp…and getting some time away from parents!’
Although the trip away may seem all fun and games, the Perthshire outfit will be firmly challenged as they compete against u19s in spite of being an u18s side. Playing against older, more experienced players will be highly beneficial and hopefully provide a learning as well as pleasurable experience for the team. Andy looks forward to the boys being tested in this contest.
Despite Luncarty being a small village, they have an impressive football system which promotes community engagement from a young age. Luncarty teams begin with soccer school, starting as early as u7s, that leads right up until the junior team – who just last year reached the Scottish Junior cup last 16.
Luncarty 18s were fairly recently promoted and thus are coming up against tougher opposition in their league. In order to help them strive in this league the Costa Daurada Cup should aid the team in bonding as well as maturing as football players.
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1. What tournament will you be going to?
Barcelona Summer Tournament
2. What are you / the team most looking forward to for the trip?
I think the team are most looking forward to visiting the Nou Camp with their football team / time away from parents! I’m looking forward to them testing themselves as an u18 team playing in an u19 age group.
3. What is something that people might not know about Luncarty?
We are a small village but have a great community club set up with teams from soccer school through to juniors. Our Junior team reached last season’s Scottish junior cup last 16, only losing to eventual beaten finalists and 11 time finalists Auchinleck Talbot.
4. Is this the first tournament abroad? Have the team won any trophies recently?
Yes. No recent trophy wins for the team. 2 years ago we did seal promotion on a dramatic final game decider. Since then the standard of opposition has increased so the team are trying to consolidate their position and keep improving as fast as possible - part of the reason for doing this trip.
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