The Dayton Dutch Lions FC bring about their first annual “Legacy Trip” with the U17 Boys enroute to the Netherlands. Eighteen players, a coach and nine parents took the DDL team bus to the Cincinnati airport for 15 hours of fly time. They will arrive Holland tomorrow morning for a 9 day soccer tour.
“When I arrived at the club a little over a year ago, I shared my desire for us to be sending our players overseas to experience soccer in countries where it is the passion,” shared Club Director Ric Campbell. “We have such great connections in Holland, Belgium, Portugal and Brazil and we should do all we can to allow them to support our players to gain international experience.”
The idea of this trip started in October and became reality when tickets were purchased in late November. Campbell arrived in Holland two days ago to make sure everything is ready when the U17 group arrives. The schedule is filled with much soccer, but also allows 3 days for sightseeing.
“I have prepared two friendlies with RBC Roosendaal (Holland) and KFC Turnhout (Belgium) and the Easter Open tournament to test the boys talent against the local lads. They also will get to see a PSV Eidnhoven in a Dutch First division match,” said DDL Founder Mike Mossel. “This will be a very exciting time for these young men. We will have a couple professional scouts at their matches, so who knows what might happen.”
Watch for updates as the tour begins……………