Broughty United U11s can’t wait to head down to the “exciting” UK International Cup next Easter.
A party of 38 – including 16 players and 22 adults – will be making the trip south to join 99 other teams from around the world at the two-day event in April, and coach Gareth McWalter says that United can’t wait to represent Scotland at St George’s Park; the state-of-the-art football centre in Staffordshire and the home of England’s national teams:
“The boys are absolutely buzzing about the trip,” he told YFS. “They all live and breathe football and look forward to playing against teams from all over the world.”
United will be heading down on Friday the 19th, before the action gets underway on the Saturday, and with a guarantee of at least four matches, McWalter is excited to see the boys compete against completely unknown opponents.
He said: “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to test ourselves against teams different to the ones in our local leagues, who we’ve been playing against for a few years now.
“The different opposition will make for interesting games and will show the boys what level they’re playing at.
“With the boys getting older and stronger as a team we wanted them to have the chance to test themselves against teams from further afield.”
Another factor in convincing United – a team that have been on trips before - that this was the tournament for them was the promised media coverage.
YFS will be on-hand to deliver pre and post-event coverage, as well as filming and live-streaming during certain matches, something McWalter admits the club found particularly appealing.
He said: “We liked the idea of the matches being filmed and streamed live so family and friends can tune in for the progress of the boys through the tournament.”
In preparation for the trip, the club have been raising money through quiz nights, bag packing and weekly football scratchcards, and McWalter is confident all the effort will be worthwhile because it’s a fantastic opportunity for the players to improve as a team:
“We went to the City Academy in Manchester last Easter, and the boys still put into practice some of the stuff they were coached during games there,” he said. “If they can improve as a group and make sure they have fun and try their best then we will be delighted with that.”
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