13th November 2019 — Talented footballers from Lewes Old Grammar School have been selected to play in the world’s largest youth tournament in Sweden, hosting 1700 teams, next summer.
Year 6s Reuben Fries, Luke Whitefield and Thomas Barry, Year 7s Billy McKay, Alec Clifford and Rowan Bell, Year 8s Charlie Hatch, Finn Craig, Henry Brown, Theo Summers and Year 9s Charlie Milner, Toby Warren and Stan Knight have all been invited to attend The Gothia Cup in the Swedish city of Gothenburg in July 2020 as members of the Prep School Pumas.
The Cup sees teams of different age groups compete from 80 nations across the globe. A startling 52,000 spectators will turn out to the tournament’s opening ceremony on July 12.
Players attend a residential training camp in the Easter holidays where they will meet their fellow team mates from across the south east and receive top level coaching which will not only focus on developing physical and technical abilities but will also see football psychologists developing the team’s mental fitness. There will also be workshops in nutrition, hydration and sleep.
Organiser for the Pumas Dan Abraham said: “This is a meeting place for the world’s youth, irrespective of skin colour, religion or nationality where football is the common denominator. It is a wonderful opportunity for the players to meet friends from around the world and take part in an event that is full of joy for the game.”
Charlie Hatch, from Hove, said: “It’s a bit mind blowing to imagine so many people from all around the world gathering in one place to watch the games. I can’t wait to start training with the team, getting to know everyone and then travel out to Gothenburg. I have never been to Sweden before and I am really excited!”
Lewes Old Grammar School head of football Murray Heywood added: “Last year six boys were chosen to go out to Sweden and this year again we are delighted that so many boys have been selected. This event is a real once-in-a-lifetime moment and parents have told me that the opening ceremony is electrifying. I know the boys will never forget it and I hope they remember to savour every moment!”