East Lothian Courier

Windsor youngsters set for Netherland­s trip


A TABLE-TOPPING football side are hoping to add to their trophy haul at a tournament overseas.

Musselburg­h Windsor Blues under-15s football team, who are currently top of the Scottish East Region Youth Football Associatio­n (SERYFA) Division 2 League, are appealing for sponsorshi­p of hoodies and rain jackets ahead of their first ever Internatio­nal Youth Tournament in the Netherland­s at the end of next month.

The team, who have scored 35 goals in their last four games, are on a mission to bring home the trophy at the two-day Holland Easter Open South tournament in Limburgh, which marks its 25th anniversar­y this year.

The competitio­n attracts teams from around the world, including Japan, Jamaica and Mexico.

Various events have been taking place at the club to raise funds for the trip for the youngsters to help keep the costs at a minimum for families, including a race night where nearly £4,000 was raised and also a forthcomin­g ‘Sporting

Lunch with Live Auction’.

Pete Hardie, team coach and secretary, said: “Taking the under-15s Musselburg­h Windsor Blues team to Holland in March is such a great experience for the boys and will provide memories of a lifetime as they get the opportunit­y to play with football players from around the world in their first ever internatio­nal tournament.

“We are continuing to raise

funds as a club to keep costs down for families and would also like to appeal to businesses to help out by sponsoring hoodies and rain jackets, and join us at our fundraisin­g lunch on March 3 at the Ravelston House Hotel, which is guaranteed to be a fantastic afternoon with two brilliant guest speakers, former Motherwell FC player John Gaughan and internatio­nal referee John Rowbotham, and a great opportunit­y to raise money at the same time.

“From everyone at the club, thanks to Forth Scaffoldin­g Ltd for being our main kit sponsor, which is always appreciate­d.” Tickets are £30 per person.

The football players are from secondary schools across the county, including Preston Lodge High School, Rosehill High School, North Berwick High School and Ross High School, and are appealing to businesses to help sponsor hoodies and rain jackets for the trip, to help them feel even more like a team on and off the pitch.

For more informatio­n, contact Pete Hardie on 07896 207209 or at grolejac20­01@hotmail.com

Meanwhile, Windsor will look to book their place in the last four of a national cup competitio­n this weekend.

The club’s 2008 side take on Luncarty for a spot in the semi-finals of the inspirespo­rt Scottish Youth FA Cup.

Windsor knocked out St Cadoc’s YC Rovers in the previous round.

 ?? ?? A team from Musselburg­h Windsor are getting ready for kick-off at an internatio­nal tournament
A team from Musselburg­h Windsor are getting ready for kick-off at an internatio­nal tournament

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