Posted on: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - Seventeen TSC Boys Academy players had the opportunity to spend nine days in Rotterdam training with and playing against some of the best young players in Europe. A TSC travel party of 41 people (players, coaches and family members) spent the first week of October in Rotterdam enjoying this incredible experience.
This is the second year that TSC Academy players have been able to spend a week in Rotterdam with the Feyenoord Youth Academy staff and players. The trip is made available to the club through the partnership with Feyenoord. In this partnership, Feyenoord provides coaching resources to TSC Directors and Coaches in addition to allowing players to come and spend a week each fall learning in their environment.
"What really makes this trip special is the amount of soccer exposure that our players, coaches and family members receive," said TSC Boys Academy Director Mike Otto. "Traditionally, international trips like this really focus more on the players as tourists, where they will play a game or two and train once or twice. Our players played three games, participated in five training sessions and attended three professional games during their trip."
TSC players played games against Dutch clubs Spijkenisse, BVV Barendrecht and Feyenoord. Each of the seven training sessions were with the Feyenoord Youth Academy staff, and one of those was an interactive video session reviewing the game from the previous day. The players also got to experience three professional environments. They were in the stands for Feyenoord vs. Vitesse, ADO Den Haag vs. FC Groningen and Excelsior vs. VVV-Venlo.
"Overall, I thought [the trip] was very well organized," said TSC parent and trip participant Dustin Minor. "The training and preparation were better than I expected. I thought it would maybe just be some different twists and details on normal drills, but it was very unique. I love the stopping and correction of little details throughout practice."
In the end, this was a week that will have a lasting impression on the players, coaches and family members who were able to attend. "The attention that the players received from the Feyenoord Youth Academy staff is unequaled and has a tremendous impact on our players' development" said Otto. "The genuine care that they had for our players throughout the entire week was incredible."
Photo credit: Elle Danielle Photography
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Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club located in Brentwood / Franklin and serving the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 1,500 players. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities.”