Holland Trip Makes Cheshire FA Website

June 18, 2013 · Filed Under Club News 

Upton FC Triumph in European Tournament 



Upton FC recently added European honours to its trophy cabinet, with the Under 15s team winning a tournament in the Netherlands.

Over 35 boys and girls aged 12-16 flew out on 24th May for a four-day tour, and to take part in the FC Bergen Tournament, along with around 40 other teams.

The Wirral club, which in 2008 was awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club award, entered three teams into the competition, which went up against representatives from Germany, France, Belgium and the host nation.

The victorious Under 15s side, of which Chris Turk was top scorer, won all five of their group matches, before beating hosts FC Bergen 2-0 in the final to take the trophy home.

As well as playing football, the club also arranged other activities such as Volleyball and Swimming to keep players and coaches entertained.

Club Chairman Stephen Turk believes trips such as this develop a great club spirit, as well as encouraging the children to become more confident around others.

He said: “It was fantastic to see the kids come out of their shells whilst we were there, and most of them returned home as different kids to the ones that left.

“Despite the ages ranging from 12-16, the entire group mixed together very well, and really supported each other. When the Under 15s won the final, all of the players were on the pitch celebrating, which was fantastic to see.

“It was clear that the children had all had a great time, due to the explosion of pictures and memories shared on Facebook once we returned.

“Although the staff worked extremely hard whilst we were there, we enjoyed the trip just as much as the kids did. There is a great club spirit amongst us all.

“We usually organise a trip every two years, however we are now giving serious consideration to making it an annual event.”

Cheshire FA Football Development Officer Dawn Georgeson believes it is encouraging to have such a close-knit community club in the area.

“It’s great to see our young players testing themselves in different surroundings,” she said, “and it’s even better to see them come back with a trophy to their names.

“We’d like to congratulate Upton Under 15s for their success, and send our best wishes to everybody else that took part. It’s always encouraging to see children enjoying their football, after all that’s the most important thing.”


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