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Dyce Boys Club 2009s are almost all set for a European adventure. The Aberdeen side are off to Eindhoven during easter to participate in the Easter Open which is taking place in Holland.

It will be Dyce Boys Club's first ever foreign tournament for this age group and they will be up against teams from other countries around Europe. The club has had a host of ex players who are now in the professional scene with Aberdeen's Greame Shinnie and Celtic's Stuart Armstrong two players who came through the ranks at Dyce Boys Club.

In the 2009 age group, Darren Mackie who played for Aberdeen FC has a son who has just joined up with the club. Mackie also played for the club when he was younger so the son is following in his fathers footsteps.

Dyce coach Garry Mournian looked ahead to the tournament by saying, "It's just an opportunity for the boys to experience something a little bit different, when I was a player at that age I always liked to go away on trips so the idea is to give the kids more seven-a-side football and the experience will be different to what we are used to.

"Hopefully we come up against some good teams as it will challenge our boys and hopefully they can learn from that experience and see how other nationalities play and making friends is an important thing and we are hoping it's a bit of a team bonding thing.

"We depart on Good Friday morning from Aberdeen to Amsterdam before a short bus journey to Eindhoven, we have a ceremony on the Friday night which I am looking forward to, Saturday and Sunday is the football then we have a free day to relax."

Dyce Boys Club 2009s kick off their campaign this weekend in the next stage of their development, Mournian spoke about that and also Shinnie and Armstrong being ex Dyce players when he said, "There's been a lot of football for the boys since January after the winter break, so we have been trying to get as much game time as possible,

"We played at the Gartcairn festival on Saturday and we played against a lot of hard teams, the football itself was fantastic and there was a real high standard of teams there which you kind of expect from the Glasgow and Central belt areas, the boys found it a little bit tough at times, it was good though because even when it was tough the players were doing stuff that we work on in training, as a coach you want to see a little bit of improvement every week, we also won the fair play award which kind of topped off the experience for us.

"We have actually had Greame along to one of our training sessions when we were fundrasing for Holland back in the autumn period, he was great and came along to training for pretty much the whole session, we were able to get him to put a few points across.

"He was at Dyce for most of his childhood age to an extent and also through his competitive years before going to Inverness before coming back to Aberdeen, the boys can aspire to the likes of Stuart and Greame, Stuart getting a Scotland cap was a huge proud moment for the club."

David Reid | YFS North Region Journalist
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