From Saturday, July 22nd till Sunday, July 30th the Houston Dutch Lions FC saw 10 members of the Youth Academy, together with Coach Michiel Buursma, travel to Rotterdam.
The trip started with some airport soccer, because we were given some extra time because of the weather in Houston (lightning). Therefore we played soccer on the airport with some other kids from Belgium (Anderlecht academy). The flight to the Netherlands with United Airlines went well and we arrived on Sunday at Schiphol Airport around 1pm local time, here we met with the local organization (Marciano and Tim). After we visited our hotel in Rotterdam, we went to the Markthal (little mall in Rotterdam) and we tasted the first dutch waffles. After this treat we visited the Euromast, this is a tower with a great view over the city of Rotterdam.
The next day we woke up early to visit the city of Amsterdam, we started with a city tour. The city tour gave us some background information about the city and it’s history and we tasted different Dutch snacks like the rookworst (sausage), haring (fish), stroopwafels (waffles) and a chicken sandwich. The city walk ended at the canals where we continued our tour on a boat. The afternoon we spend walking in Amsterdam, we visited the Dam (a square) where we enjoyed different artists, specially the soccer artists caught our eye. We ended our day in Amsterdam with a Dutch dinner (hutspot).
Tuesday was the first day of the Feyenoord soccer camp. The kids met Ben Wijnstekers (former professional soccer player and current head of the Soccer camp) and they enjoyed the camp where they practiced in a Dutch style and also in a Dutch language. The camp would last for three days.
Wednesday, while the kids enjoyed the Camp, the parents went to Scheveningen to see the beach and the boulevard over there. On Thursday we visited Den Haag where we experienced some history and the center of the government of the Netherlands.
On Friday we started the morning in the swimming pool and the afternoon we were part of the Feyenoord Stadium Tour (De Kuip). The history of Feyenoord and the different sections of the stadium were shown to us and after that we went to the harbor of Rotterdam which is one of the biggest in the world. We entered a boat to see the harbor from the inside.
Saturday was our last day in The Netherlands, in the morning we went to the market and the city center to do some shopping and in the afternoon we visited the pre-season game Feyenoord – Real Sociedad (Spanish La Liga side). To finish the trip in style we had dinner in the restaurant close to the stadium where they served a Dutch dish Saté (meat in peanutsauce).
On Sunday we returned to the US, we had a great tour and experience and we enjoyed our time in The Netherlands. Thanks to the organization (www.trainingskampen.nl) for making the trip a success!
Plan is to visit Barcelona, Spain in 2018 for Spring Break. Keep an eye on our website for updates on this trip.