Annual exchange visit proves a big hit with young footballers

Last week, a very special event took place in Berwick for young local footballers with the annual Dutch Exchange visit.

Wednesday, 10th May 2017, 11:39 am
Updated Thursday, 11th May 2017, 08:30 am

Berwick Juniors welcomed more than 50 visitors from Zeewolde in Holland in an exchange trip which has been taking place for 28 years.

The young footballers, aged between 12 and 17, and their committee stay with local families and enjoy many activities throughout their week, along with plenty of exciting football matches.

Youngsters from Berwick and Zeewolde have all said how much they enjoy their exchange trips, getting to know new people, playing football with many different teams and exploring a new country.

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“We get to take part in fun and interesting activities indoors and outdoors, team building, bubble football, orienteering and lots more,” said one of the players.

This year, three teams from Zeewolde played against teams from Berwick, Tynecastle, Morpeth and Musselburgh, a great experience which they all enjoyed with varying scores.

There was also a match between the two adult committees, which Berwick won 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

The Dutch visitors also enjoyed a range of activities including swimming, skateboarding, a visit to the Ryze trampoline centre in Edinburgh, a stadium tour of St James’ Park in Newcastle and a trip to Holy Island.

There were also games involving the guest families and a number of social activities, based around the Black & Gold at Shielfield.

Next year the Berwick footballers hope to go and stay in Zeewolde in Holland. There they will stay with guest families who are always very welcoming.

The girls and boys said how much they enjoyed staying with the families who made them feel part of their family where they learnt about how their lives are different in Holland. Many children cycle to school and have to travel quite a distance.

All the footballers from Berwick and Zeewolde would like to thank their committees who work tirelessly to raise funds and organise such a great week in Holland and Berwick.

Enormous thanks also to local businesses and organisations who have helped make this possible with their generous donations.

If any local businesses or people would like to get involved, please get in touch as any help is gratefully received.