American Virgin Islands at Dana Cup
For the first time in Dana Cup's history two teams from the former Danish West Indies participate in this year's Dana Cup. As a matter of fact, Denmark and the three islands St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix (United States Virgin Islands) share a long common history because they used to belong to Denmark until they were sold to the United States in 1917.
Ahead of next year's 100th anniversary of the sale, two teams from St. Croix participate in the tournament in order to strengthen the old ties between the people of the American Virgin Islands and Denmark. Consequently, the players will stay in Denmark for a fortnight playing football for one week and living with a Danish host family – naturally, football players themselves - in the second week. Then next year the two Danish teams hosting will hopefully go to the Virgin Islands. However, in order to do so all participants from St. Croix and Denmark are interested in sponsors to fund the cooperation.
'We have managed to find sponsors to pay for the plane tickets from the Danish Virgin Islands to Denmark. Moreover, it is also important to us that we have young people who can come and tell their story; partly about the destination, partly about the islands, but makes it contemporary for there are plenty of historians who have written about the history of Denmark and the Virgin Islands. Within tourism focus is different since we try to get young people engaged and these 30 ambassadors who are running around in Denmark the next 14 days will hopefully talk to a lot of young Danes about the Virgin Islands,' managing director Karin Gert Nielsen explains.