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Foundation Coaches Travel To Norway For International Soccer School

Newcastle United Foundation went continental last week as our coaches travelled to Norway to deliver an international soccer school.

It’s the second time the Foundation has delivered sessions to children in Norway and it proved to be an even bigger success this time round.

Delivered in partnership with local club Hana IL, 83 children between the ages of 8 and 15 were in attendance at the camp, including a Norway U15’s Goalkeeper. Such was the success in terms of numbers, that the soccer camp trumped similar events put on by Ajax and Sporting CP in recent years.

Alongside running the sessions, Foundation coaches also got the opportunity to take in some local footballing culture – visiting the stadium of Viking Stavanger, one of the most successful teams in Norwegian football history.

They also got the chance to pick the brains of some of Viking’s staff, gaining an insight into the differences between coaching in England and Norway.

Tony Threlfall, Football Development Officer at Newcastle United Foundation said: “It’s been a fantastic weekend and it’s been great to see the local community get so much enjoyment out of our sessions.

“From my time living in Norway, I know how popular English football is in Scandinavia but it was fantastic to see a few Newcastle United fans coming along so far from home!

“We all enjoyed our time in Norway, the players were very enthusiastic, the facilities were exceptional and the weather was very kind to us. A huge thank you to everyone who worked hard to make the trip a success, especially Robbie and Ian who were magnificent dealing with the long days and learning a new language! We look forward to building upon the success of the visits and travel across the sea to our neighbours again soon.”

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