Playing in Barcelona will be a “dream come true” for the Musselburgh Windsor 2007 boys, says team secretary and coach John Fortune.
The Windsor team will be amongst over 300 sides heading to Spain next April for the Barcelona Easter Tournament, and everyone involved with the squad is raring to go.
Fortune said: “From the first time we made the team aware of our intention to travel and play in the Barcelona event the squad, staff and supporters have been excited and cannot wait to go.
“The squad have played numerous teams across Scotland and England, but to travel and play against some of the best teams in Europe at their age, in what is a superb and prestigious event, will definitely take it to the next level for them.”
This Windsor side has competed at numerous tournaments and festivals over the years – including down in England - at 7-a-side and 9-a-side. They’ve have had varying degrees of success at these events but, as Fortune explained, the experience they gain is far more important than results on the pitch:
“Recently we entered the Heston Rovers 2007 Cup in Dumfries, which was our first competitive event at 11-a-side. The fundamentals of how we have coached and developed the team over the years proved to be successful and despite playing some strong opposition, we came away winners of the event.
“These tournaments and trips have allowed us to produce a quality, bonded team that I am sure will have success in the future.”
Now they’re ready to take on Europe. And Fortune revealed that the opportunity to compete in Spain is something the players can’t wait to experience. He said:
“With the knowledge that the country has produced footballing idols like Iniesta, De Gea, Alba and Ramos the idea of playing in Barcelona is a dream come true for many of the boys.”
But they’re not just going for a holiday; they’ll be competing against teams from all over the continent, and the Musselburgh coaches expect they’ll take a great a great deal from their clashes with European competition:
“The team has always had a close bond,” Fortune explained. “They win together, lose together and gain experience together.
“Playing teams from other countries will not only provide a great insight into how football is played across Europe, but will also provide a chance to learn about language and cultural differences in sport, which they can then bring back to include in their academic and personal development.”
So, it’ll be a worthwhile trip regardless of results on the park, but do they have what it takes to return victorious? Fortune is optimistic:
“In addition to playing good quality football, to do well at the event the team will have to continue to keep the football and fair play values that they have learnt and developed over the years.
“With the quality and attitude of the players in the team, there is no reason why we can’t do very well at the event.”
If your team fancy joining Musselburgh Windsor in Spain next Easter, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/barcelona for more information and details on how to get involved.