Both in January and June/July, we regularly organise training camps for professional and amateur football clubs. This time we’d like to highlight an amateur club, because this time it was a slightly different kind of trip because it was for junior squad boys under the age of 13 (JO13).
VV Smitshoek football club training camp
With a total of 16 kids and 15 supervisors, we made our way to the training camp. The goal: to become even better as a team! However, above all we wanted to have a nice time together.
The kids had to request time off at school, because the flight from Amsterdam to Alicante was to depart at 12:30pm on Friday afternoon. Most schools usually make exceptions for this, and that was the case this time too. At 10am we were already gathered at Smitshoek football club in Barendrecht. From the looks on the boys’ faces, they were excited. Here and there some seemed tense (for some, this would be their first ever flight), but all were looking forward!
Football club training camp | On the way to the airport
Around 10:45am we checked in at the airport. There was a lot of fussing around with passports and boarding passes, and what you should and should not take with you! Everyone was busy in their own way with something.
Thanks to accompaniment by goMICE and a number of volunteers (including a few parents), we were able to keep everything running smoothly. Soon we were sitting on-board at Transavia and were ready for take-off!
The flight was uneventful, but spirits were high. We were greeted on arrival at the airport in Alicante by the beautiful weather. We’d told the boys that they’d be sleeping in dormitories, like on summer camp. So not particularly glamorous.
What we hadn’t told them was that as a surprise they’d be in a 4-star resort. Most of the bedrooms had their own private swimming pool on the roof. The public pool was the size of half a football pitch! They wouldn’t have believed that the resort would be on the coast and that the food (in the form of a 40-metre long buffet) would be fantastic.
Football club training camp | A fantastic 4-star resort
On arrival, after a coach trip of around an hour, the boys were amazed by one thing after another. But that was nothing compared to their reactions when they saw their rooms. Everywhere, we could hear them shouting and cheering in amazement. They were impressed by everything, and the trip (or, should I say, ‘brutal training camp’), couldn’t have gone better!
In any case, the boys weren’t there to relax in the sun, but to work on their game as a team. So they got busy training on the beach. It was hot, so our goMICE team ensured that everyone had enough to drink, and made sure that there were some tasty snacks on offer, so everyone stayed hydrated and replenished their salt levels.
Training on the beach in Alicante
Together with two coaches, the boys trained hard on the sand, and the male volunteers showed off their skills too. After one and a half hours of football and a lot of fun, it was time to cool down. All the boys enjoyed the relatively wild sea. Of course, the goMICE team kept an eye on everyone to make sure no one drifted off or went too far into the water.
When we returned, it was time to play some games around the pool and then to eat a luxurious dinner. In an own, separate room the men were all able to attack the fantastic buffet. So much choice for dinner, breakfast and lunch. That would be fabulous for everyone. The highlight was that everyone was able to make their own ice cream sundaes!
Football club training camp | An organised training match
Of course, we organised a training match. This match was played against a local football club (UD Oliva). The match had even been advertised, and a changing room had been reserved for VV Smitshoek.
The opposing team were physically (too) strong, so the boys were unfortunately defeated, but not in spirit, and it was an unforgettable experience for everyone.
The goMICE team quickly bought a round of ice creams, which helped the team forget their defeat and the heat rather quickly.
The rest of the day was spent on the beach, in the pool and taking part in a football-themed quiz. The next day it was time to check out again. Most of the boys didn’t want to leave yet, and neither did we! It was such a relaxed atmosphere, and everyone had enjoyed themselves. With a little effort, we managed to get everyone in the coach.
A successful training camp in Alicante
The boys, coaches and volunteers were sitting happily in their seats. The goMICE team were happy too. What a fantastic group of boys! They were incredibly disciplined, fun and happy. At arrival on Schiphol, we saw that the boys’ mothers had set up a reception committee, and had set up marquees at the gates of the club. There were chips and snacks, soft drinks and beer and wine. The coaches were put in the spotlight once more, and the goMICE team received flowers and thanks.
Together, we raised our glasses to the coaches, the boys and a fantastic training camp. When saying our goodbyes to them, I only saw broad smiles, and all the boys came to say goodbye and give me a friendly punch on the arm (because they don’t think shaking hands is cool, and I don’t mind adapting).
I’d like to share a quote with you, because I thought it was a nice comment: “Miss, you have such lovely curly hair. Do you take care of things so well when you’re at home too, and are you just as fun?” “Umm…I try!”, I said. “Then I might think about coming to live with you, if that would be okay with”, he said. I don’t blush like I used to any more, but I did this time! Nice, isn’t it?