SWINDON Town Football in the Community Trust are all set to complete in the Gothia Youth World Cup in Sweden next week.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Gothia Cup with over 1660 teams participating from 73 different nations from all around the World making this the biggest youth tournament on earth.
STFITC’s under 12’s, 13’s and 15’s kick off their group matches on Monday 14th July before having prestigious honour of representing England and flying the St. Georges flag at the Opening Ceremony on Monday Evening in front of 52,000 spectators. The group stages take place between Monday – Wednesday before the knockout format is introduced from Thursday onwards.
Community Trust Manager and under 15’s coach Clive Maguire commented “ It has been a real pleasure to work with and prepare the girls for the tournament, with the excitement and anticipation of the event being so evident amongst all the players. We are so looking forward to competing against foreign opposition and I am sure we will give a good account of ourselves.
Under 12’s player and selected flag bearer Jasmine Hindon stated “ Since finding out we were going to the Gothia Cup back in September we have all worked really hard in training can’t wait for Sunday to when we travel over with our team. I also feel really special that I have been choosen to flag of behalf of Swindon Town FITC and England, and I have made my family really proud.
Community Trust Manager and under 12’s coach Jon Holloway said “ The Gothia Cup experience is a unique week in our STFITC annual calendar when these young players will have a shared football and life experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. This has again been made possible by the generous sponsorship from Intel, Trak, Verelogic, Hills and Castrol, as well as fundraising commitment from parents and players. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking the sponsors and supporters, and we know the players really do appreciate being given this chance.