Trip Of A Lifetime
Thursday 3rd March 2016 @ 14:07 by Mark Phillip
Dukinfield Football Sports

Dukinfield Youth’s Under 10 football team are currently in the process of raising funds for a trip of a lifetime later this year.

Under the guidance of managers Martin Coyne and Daniel Seddon, the squad will be travelling to Barcelona in June to compete in the Europa Cup.

The globally acclaimed international tournament has the unique climax of playing inside FC Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium.

Organised by Precision Pass, the tournament was set up to provide grassroots footballers with an unforgettable experience of walking out of the tunnel and playing a competitive fixture inside the 99,354 seater stadium.

Having received an email about the tournament last year, Martin was more than eager for his squad to showcase their skills on Spanish soil.

Speaking to Reporter Sport, he said: “Entrance to the tournament is based on a first come, first serve basis, and it virtually sold it within 24 hours.

“The squad are relishing the opportunity to show what they can do at the home of the European Champions.”

As well as playing football during their time in Spain, the squad will also be treated to a tour of the stadium and other visual attractions. Martin added: “We begin the journey to Spain on Wednesday June 8, with the football action scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday.

“We’ll be playing three games on Barcelona’s training pitch, followed by two fixtures at the Nou Camp.

“We’ll also spare some time to go sight-seeing, whilst taking in the Spanish culture.”

Despite their young age, Martin wants the trip to serve as a cultural and education enricher. He said: “It might sound cheesy, but I want the kids to understand what they have to do in life to get where they want to be.

“Whether it be football or work, I want them to feel like professionals and offer some guidance in life.

“I want them to realise that they can potentially have the life of a footballer by gaining a good education and qualifications.”

Whilst excitement is steadily building ahead of the trip, Martin admitted that there’s still a lot of fundraising to do. “We held a fundraising night at the Bulls Head in Stalybridge earlier this month, which involved auctioning Manchester United memorabilia” he said.

“We managed to raise £1400 which was brilliant.”

A golf day is also in the pipeline, with no other than former Manchester City manager Kevin keegan taking part.

As an avid Manchester United fan, Martin is hoping to exchange words with the 65-year-old. He joked: “I’m looking forward to playing alongside Kevin, and I’ll no doubt rib him about his famous ‘I would love it’ remark from the 95-96 season.”

Although the Nou Camp is well within their sights, Dukinfield have just booked their place in the final at another famous ground – The Tameside Stadium!

Martin concluded: “We’re still playing in the league at the minute, and we’ve just made the final of the JFC Cup at Curzon Ashton.

“We currently train twice a week, but everyone connected with the club is looking forward to the clocks being put back, so we can begin to train on grass pitches.”