Donside Community FC 2005’s are hoping to have the time of their lives when they head to the Holland Easter Open next April.
The Aberdeenshire side will be joining over 500 teams from more than 25 countries when they head to the home of total football next year, and team coach and secretary Graeme McDonald says the squad can’t wait to get going:
“The boys are looking forward to it already,” he said. “The chance to play teams from across Europe was what attracted them to the tournament.
“It’s a chance to experience a different sporting culture and make football memories which will stay with them for the rest of their lives.”
This will be Donside 05’s first taste of tournament football (“We have never taken part in a tournament, so it’s a totally new experience for all the boys,” revealed McDonald) as well as their first trip abroad as a squad, and they’re going to make the most of it:
“I’ve been to Holland before, so I know how much the Dutch value sport,” said McDonald. “The boys are in for a treat. We are going to have a tour around the Johan Cruyff Arena, and we’ll also visit a theme park on our last day in Holland.”
Donside followed coverage of 2019’s Holland tournament online and saw just how well Scotland was represented by all the teams that made the trip – with Syngenta Juveniles and East End Lewis United even returning with silverware.
So how do they think they’ll get on when it comes time to go toe-to-toe with some of Europe’s best teams?
As it turns out, results on the pitch are far from the most important thing on the trip. McDonald said:
“The boys are an honest, hard-working team so I’ve got no worries about them giving it their best efforts.
“I think winning the tournament is unlikely, although we’ll certainly try our best, but that isn’t the objective anyway.
“If the boys come home having had the time of their lives, then that will be the best result we could have wished for.”
If your team fancies joining Donside in Holland next Easter, then visit https://www.eurotournaments.co.uk/holland for more information and details on how to get involved.