Students from Club Doncaster Sports College were treated to a glimpse of total football against Dutch opposition as they completed their fourth annual European end-of-season tour.
Facing off against SV Houten and FC De Bilt, the Sports College students thoroughly enjoyed the experience to test themselves against European opposition.
Sports College deputy principal Ben Thompson said: “This year’s European tour was a fantastic weekend for the students and the staff, and will hopefully be one of the highlights from their time at the Sports College.
“The tour is a great experience every year, and the lads all conducted themselves immaculately. We were proud of them representing Doncaster and Club Doncaster Sports College out in Amsterdam.
“A massive thank you to our sponsors Doncaster Maintenance as well as the staff and volunteers at our host stadiums. It wouldn’t have been possible to arrange travel and fixtures without the help of our friends in Amsterdam.”
The group of College Students travelled from the Keepmoat Stadium to Soest, a town in the province of Utrecht, on the Friday night, in time to begin their footballing extravaganza in the Netherlands.
After a tour of the Stadion Galenwaard, home of FC Utrecht, on the Saturday, the students met S.V. Houten in a late kick off for the first of their two games in as many days.
Houten, a local feeder team for FC Utrecht, came into the contest fresh from their national league triumph the week before, and proved tough opposition.
The hosts scored early, before the Sports College’s top goal scorer Bartek Grzywa pulled the travelling College level with a penalty midway through the first half. Houten pulled ahead once more and doubled their lead deep into injury time to seal a 3-1 victory.
The hosts treated the students to a traditional evening meal after the game, followed by inviting the students into their club house to watch the Champions League final unfold.
The following day, the Sports College student met FC De Bilt in a contest much more suited to English-style football.
After falling behind, the Sports College showed true resolve by hitting back through Callum Agar. Both sides had the chance to clinch the win, but the match ended in a deserved draw.
While in Amsterdam the group also had the chance to sample the world-famous Hard Rock Café Amsterdam and take in some of the famous sights of the historic city.
After the success of the 2019 tour, preparation will soon turn towards making 2020 another memorable experience.