One team travelling to the Barcelona Easter tournament
with Trans World Soccer are making history before they’ve even arrived – the Lerwick Spurs will be the northern-most team to play there, taking that accolade away from Ross County.
The U18 boys will embark on a monstrous journey to reach the tournament in Barcelona, which involves a 14-hour ferry, a bus from Aberdeen to Prestwick and then their flight to Barcelona! This full day of travelling will then be done again on the way back which shows how committed the team are to getting there and competing against the best, not letting anything stop them.
Looking forward to their first tournament in a warm climate, which will be a welcome change to the 90mph winds they are experiencing at the minute, Lerwick are excited to ‘put themselves up against international opponents’ and will ‘savour the chance to say they have played competitive football in Barcelona’.
With only a few months to go, the team are training on their indoor 4G pitch due to the dire weather throughout the winter. Manager Grant Wood says ‘The boys are relishing playing in the sun’ and that they are ‘looking forward to so many things that there isn’t even enough time to scratch the surface!’
Lerwick will be hoping that they have something to celebrate on that long journey home, and with a group of players and coaches fully committed to the cause – who’s to say they won’t.
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1. What tournament will you be going to?
We are going to the Barcelona Easter Tournament next year in March/April 2018.
2. What are you / the team most looking forward to for the trip?
We are looking forward to so many things that there isn’t even enough time to scratch the surface. However, one to mention is the spirit of the international tournament, the meeting, taking part and putting yourself up against international opponents is very exciting for myself and the boys. Not every footballer will have the chance to say they have played competitive football in Barcelona, it will be one to savour!
3. What is something that people might not know about Lerwick Spurs?
Lerwick Spurs will be the most northern British team to ever take part in the Daurada Cup (Barcelona Easter Tournament). I believe before it may have been Ross County FC, but we will be claiming that one this year!
4. Can you tell us a little about your journey to get to Barcelona?
First of all we will leave Shetland on a 14 hour ferry trip from Shetland to Aberdeen. Once in Aberdeen we will be met with a bus which will take us out to Glasgow Prestwick airport, finally from Prestwick we will fly to Barcelona. Then at the end of the tournament we will do it all again reverse!
5. Is this the clubs first tour?
This is our first club tour in a few years! We used to travel across to Malloy in Norway with our Senior squad and under 18’s squad. This hasn’t happened in recent years but we are still in close contact and will be going across very soon. This will certainly be our first tour in a warm climate, the boys are relishing playing in the sun. As I write this we currently have winds of 90mph and snow with the majority of flights, boats and busses all cancelled so we are heading to training tonight in our 4G indoor pitch! So you can see why the boys will be excited to play in a slightly favourable climate.