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23. - 28. JULY 2018 - HJØRRING - DENMARK

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Photo: Richmond Park FC

Richmond Park FC from England - B15, G13 and G12

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

Our club was formed in 2014 with one boys' team but then grew the following summer to include 3 girls' teams. Next year we will expand further and will also start running a mini soccer school for 6-9 year olds. Our club draws players from the Richmond Park area in South West London.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

Our boys participated last year and had a phenomenal time! I think that for many of them it was the best week of their lives, not just in a football sense bit also socially- they made friends that they still stay in touch with today. For us, Dana Cup is the highlight of the year and is a great reward after a long, hard English football season.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

For the boys we would like to go further than last year where we lost on penalties in the third knock-out round of the B competition. For our G12 and G13 gils' teams we have high expectations but we are also intrigued to see how they match up against international teams. They could go far. The most important thing though is that everyone has an enjoyable week in Denmark and that the players (and leaders!) create memories for life.

Check out Richmond Park FC here Facebook here Instagram here and Twitter here

Richmond Park FC, James Tavendale - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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Photo: Richmond Park FC

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Photo: Economist Martin Fonnesbech-Sandberg analysed Epinion's survey figures in which Dana Cup's Director, Jette Andersen is very happy for. 

Dana Cup delivers sufficient funds to Hjørring

 

Dana Cup is the largest Danish sporting event and the majority of the money comes from abroad.

So it is confirmed the truth about Dana Cup's economic importance for the local community. Epinion, together with VisitDenmark did a survey at the Dana Cup 2015 and it shows that the huge youth football tournament brings in 179 million in tourist revenues with 174 million or 97% coming from abroad.

In 2015 there were 29.000 Dana Cup tourists in the Hjørring area. It looks like there will be more tourists in 2016.

With this huge turnover the Dana Cup is Denmark's largest sporting event in front of other events like: The Men's European Handball Championships, The European Championships for show jumping and dressage, Giro d'Italia, Made in Denmark Golf Tournament, World Cup in Badminton and The European Swimming Championships. 

- We have many to thank for the success of our tournament over the years. We have 40 cooperating clubs who we must thank for their enormous efforts in helping make everything happen and I am extremely grateful for their positive feedback and also from the thousands who participate in the Dana Cup, says Director Jette Andersen.

The survey that was coordinated and analysed by VisitDenmarks analyst Martin Fonnesbech-Sandberg, shows us that the huge turnover around the Dana Cup provides 207 jobs a year in Hjørring, contributing to a gross value (BNP) of 100 million kroner locally and in total 101 million kroner internationally. 

There is also delivered 64 million in taxes in Hjørring, with 11 million being municipal income taxes. 

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Photo: The graph showing tourism revenues from sporting events over the last few years, Dana Cup is on top.  

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Photo: Ordin FC, Brazil

Ordin FC from Brazil - B17, B15 and B12

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

Around ten years ago, back in 2007, a group of friends decided to travel to play football in some tournaments at Scandinavia that they´d heard about. "Unfortunately" they were not able to join each others club and than they decided to create their own. Always guided and managed by the SPACE Jardas Company, this football club has passed thru situations (good and bad) that have shaped it up until became the way it is today, ORDIN FC. Friendship and football trip explains our criation, but the true love defines our subsistence.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

We have been part of Dana Cup since 2012, 11 teams in total.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

Our goals are always to be victorious in life, which goes further than the sports competition and has a lot to do with behavior, respect and life values. But certainly we will fight for the best place possibly on podium. We truly expect a good competition level, fair and well prepared referee crews, and a carefull review regarding the meals.

Check out Ordin FC here Facebook here Instagram here and YouTube here

Ordin FC, Marcos Jardel - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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Photo: Ordin FC, Brazil

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Official invitation to the Dana Cup Hjørring

 
 
Youth Soccer teams from all around the World are travelling to Hjørring in the last week of July and for the simple reason to play top class international youth football on one of Northern Europe's best arenas.

With 34 years of experience we know exactly what a youth football team and group of leaders needs and wants – perfect playing fields, peace of mind, quality and service - just to name a few of our values. We strive to achieve these goals each and every day, to ensure you and your club get the experience of a lifetime participating in our tournament!

We are extremely honored and proud to welcome teams from every corner of the World and for our 35th edition we can confirm some exciting youth teams from the following nations:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Malta, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Saint Croix and Zimbabwe.

A summary of the Dana Cup Hjørring:

* 1.100 teams from 45 countries
* Denmark's largest sporting event
* The World's third largest youth soccer tournament
* The World's most international youth tournament with 90% foreign teams
* Excellent grass fields in a safe environment
* 20,000 participants playing in international groups
* Kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches close by
* A fantastic organization with top class personal customer service
* Memories for the rest of your life

Dana Cup eBrochure / Hotels etc

To recieve our tournament prices, just send a quick e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Our entry deadline is 1st of May 2016, you can enter online at anytime here.

We look forward to welcoming you and your club to Hjørring in the summer of 2016, you will be more than welcome.

Welcome to the Dana Cup Family in 2016.

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Official invitation to the Dana Cup Hjørring

 
 
Youth Soccer teams from all around the World are travelling to Hjørring in the last week of July and for the simple reason to play top class international youth football on one of Northern Europe's best arenas.

With 34 years of experience we know exactly what a youth football team and group of leaders needs and wants – perfect playing fields, peace of mind, quality and service - just to name a few of our values. We strive to achieve these goals each and every day, to ensure you and your club get the experience of a lifetime participating in our tournament!

We are extremely honored and proud to welcome teams from every corner of the World and for our 35th edition we can confirm some exciting youth teams from the following nations:

Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Faroe Islands, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Malta, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Saint Croix and Zimbabwe.

A summary of the Dana Cup Hjørring:

* 1.100 teams from 45 countries
* Denmark's largest sporting event
* The World's third largest youth soccer tournament
* The World's most international youth tournament with 90% foreign teams
* Excellent grass fields in a safe environment
* 20,000 participants playing in international groups
* Kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches close by
* A fantastic organization with top class personal customer service
* Memories for the rest of your life

Dana Cup eBrochure / Hotels etc

To recieve our tournament prices, just send a quick e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Our entry deadline is 1st of May 2016, you can enter online at anytime here.

We look forward to welcoming you and your club to Hjørring in the summer of 2016, you will be more than welcome.

Welcome to the Dana Cup Family in 2016.

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Photo: ASIFA Indonesia

ASIFA Indonesia from Indonesia - B15, B14 and B13

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

We would like to inform you that ASIFA INDONESIA is an International Soccer Academy in Malang City (East Java) Indonesia, from 2014 we have student/players who enter from all of Indonesia, they live on a school in our academy just like a soccer academy in a professional club in the world.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

This is our first time to participate in Dana Cup Hjørring.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

Our goal is to get international experience for our student/players in this world tournament atmosphere and our expectation is to be champion.

Check out ASIFA Indonesia here and on Facebook here

ASIFA Indonesia, Zainal Arifin - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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Photo: ASIFA Indonesia

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Photo: Rising Star FA

Rising Star FA from Republic of Korea - B16, B15, B12, B11 & G16

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

At RSFA we are one big family, a family that started in 2008 when parents who knew founder James McAloon asked him to host some formal practice sessions for their children in Ulsan. Soon news spread of the quality and enjoyment from the sessions and now in 2016 RSFA holds 30 plus weekly sessions in 3 cities across Korea. More sessions and cities have joined the fun, but the focus has not changed. RSFA provides for every child be they a beginner or a player looking to push forward to college scholarships, or a professional career.

RSFA is attended by local players as well as by international students from across the globe who are based in Korea due to their parents work commitments, on our summer tour in 2016 we will be representing Korea, USA, England, Australia, Brazil, Wales, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Cameroon, Malaysia, Singapore, Ireland and New Zealand.

All our coaches have, or are working toward advanced internationally accredited coaching badges and the program is directed with learning as our primary focus. Our pathway is modelled on the Football Federation Australia FFA, Football Coaching Process as well as drawing on the expertise of coaches experience from UEFA, FA, FAI and CONCAF approaches to coaching.

Our mission is to inspire and develop every rising star that we coach.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

This will be our first visit to the Dana Cup, however this will be our third European Summer Tour, in 2014 and 2015 we visited the Norway Cup. We were the first team ever from Korea to enter the Norway Cup and believe we may the first from Korea to enter the Dana Cup? This is a special thing for us as we wish to demonstrate to our players that anything is possible, when they see their dreams or goals it does not matter that something has not been done before anything is possible. We would like to thank everyone from Dana Cup for being so welcoming and we are excited to see the beautiful town of Hjørring.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

We are very excited to be attending the Dana Cup in 2016, for the past two summers when attending the Norway Cup some of our players who live in Korea but who are originally from Denmark and they strongly recommended that in our third summer tour we also joined the Dana Cup, the RSFA team thought it would be a great idea. We are excited to compete this year at the Dana Cup we know it will be fun, rewarding and challenging, but primarily we want to play good football and if we play good football and have fun we may well be able to make something happen.

Check out Rising Star FA here and on Facebook here

Rising Star FA, James McAloon - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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Photo: Rising Star FA

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Photo: Nõmme United-Mart Poom FC

Nõmme United-Mart Poom FC from Estonia - B15

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

Our club (FC Nõmme United) was founded in 2001. In 2010 former Estonian National Team goalkeeper Mart Poom finished his career in England and came back to Estonia. He took over a club and it named it Nõmme United-Mart Poom FC. By the way-Nõmme is a small and green part of our capital Tallinn. An adult team was founded even earlier-in 1998. At the moment they play in the second division (placed 4th from the top). I took over the age group (born 2001) in 2012. At that moment they started to play 8 v 8. The last two seasons we are already playing 11 v 11 and for example in 2015 we finished second in Estonia (after FC Flora who participated at your tournament last year in B14).

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

For me as a coach it will be my 4th time participating at your Dana Cup. The first and second time was in (1995 and 1996) I was in Hjørring as a FC Flora coach. Third time was in 2012 with my 1997 born FC Nõmme United team. From that third time I got memories for the rest of my life, cause we were able to win the tournament in B15 age group. 2012 was the only time a team from our club participated.

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

Of course our goal and an expectation (two in one) is to qualify to "A" play-off and to get as maximum number of games as possible. At the same time I am pretty sure that my players will enjoy the atmosphere of such a great tournament as yours. Hopefully they will find new friends too. 

Check out Nõmme United-Mart Poom FC here and on Facebook here

Nõmme United-Mart Poom FC, Erki Kesküla - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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Two years gives results in Ghana

 

It began at the Dana Cup Hjørring in 2014. Now, two years later after a whole hearted effort from the former Fortuna Hjørring captain and Danish National Team player, Sofie Junge Pedersen, there are results being seen in Ghana.

It is the 23 year old Sofie Junge Pedersen, who is working hard together with DGI Midtjylland. On the other end of the project, in the northern part of Ghana, you will find a girls football team.

This came around in close cooperation with the Ghanian organization YOPP, who are behind the project in their area.

The goal with YOPP Girls is to encourage more girls to play sport. 

Girls in Ghana, due to tradition and religion have often been denied the possiblity to play sports. The project is helping to strengthen their social, economic and societal development, which will inturn effect the entire Ghanian society. 

The team is made up of the best female players from the nine YOPP districts and apart from their personal development, they will play the part as role models for other girls. The girls are taking part in different tournaments and when they are in their sports camp they study english, math and social studies. This is the team that the Dana Cup supports. 

Sofie, who is now playing for FC Rosengård in Malmø, visited Ghana in December for once again to encourage the girls.

She can confirm a very positive development.

Sofie has sent a travel letter to the Dana Cup:

Ghana December 2015

I was in Ghana from the 2nd to the 21st of December. On the 11th to the 13th of December, the YOPP Girls trainer, Alhassan had organized a sports camp for the YOPP Girls from the Dalun district that has around 7.000 inhabitants. The little town is just one of the nice towns where the YOPP Girls come from. The girls had been in school all day, so they arrived to the camps first training around 4.00 pm. 

We trained until 6.00 pm and even after a long day and with some of the girls having to travel a long way from their district, it was a very energic training. I could see that they were all excited to be there. They gave each others hugs and their were many smiles. 

After training we walked over half a kilometer from Dalun to the Simli Center, which is some buildings that are used for accommodation of the students from Ghana and volunteers from all around the World. The girls have two large rooms with bunk beds and mattresses. They choose teams to make the food and they ate before heading off to bed.

The next morning the training started at 8.00 am in Dalun. The training focused on facing the correct way, so we trained turning. After training it was back to the Simli Center where the girls had lunch, slept a little and had fun. At 3.30 pm we had another training session for one and a half hours before the girls took a shower and headed to the local market. We were driven to the Simli Center from the market in a "motorking", which is a motor biked with a little trailer on the back, they girls managed to all fit in, around 20 girls were on the trailer. 

Then it was dinner and funtime again. I stayed in a little cabin next door to the girls rooms and it was fun to visit the girls and watch them dance, have fun with make up, play music and enjoy each others company. Just like I remember the football camps I went to myself. 

Training again at 8.00 am. Even though the girls had now trained three times over one and a half days, they could still find the energy to the last hour and a half where the focus was to make space before you pass the ball. From some of the things we had trained earlier, like keeping possesion within your own team, we could see huge improvements from the first training sessions. 

After training the girls washed their clothes, ate lunch and we then finished off the camp.

We agreed that they will be role models for other girls back in their districts and take with them what they had learned from the camp. That is one of the goals for the project YOPP Girls. I also told them that I had seen huge improvements and development compared to 6 months ago when I visited last time. 

In the Simli Center you will find the local radio station and the whole team went over to do an interview. Alhassan, me and around ten girls spoke about the camp and while we were on air, the telephone was ringing non stop - it was the public ringing in to ask the girls questions. 

We agreed to use the radio more in the future to tell the local people how good it is for the girls to play football. It was a huge experience for the girls to be a part of a radio program. After the interview the girls were handed out their money to get their bus home to their local district. 

It is very obvious that it means a lot for the girls to be a part of YOPP Girls. They are smiling, laughing and fighting hard to develop themselves. 

The camps also give the girls the possibility to have a little break from their daily lives where they have many chores in their homes. 

Selv confidence, cooperation and more than ever the belief that girls can play soccer just like the boys is achieved when participating in the YOPP Girls activities and the girls are now famous also outside their districts.

When the team is playing in tournaments like "Unity Games", the coach Alhassan receives many contacts from girls who wish to be a part of the YOPP Girls project. So the team is doing their part as role models.

Sofie Junge Pedersen

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Saint Croix on the way to the Dana Cup

 

Dana Cup will at least have one new nation at this years tournament in July. It is the former Danish Colony Saint Croix that is on the way.

Young players between the ages of 14 to 16 will participate. In the US territory state, which is registeret with FIFA as a FIFA association, they are also working with a B19 team and the interest is so big that there could also be another team of 12 to 13 year olds.  

Dana Cup has just returned from a visit to Saint Croix, where they were warmly welcomed with anticipation.  

- There is no doubt that they will try their absolute best to get as many players as possible to the Dana Cup this year and their wishes are to make it a yearly tradition. We have established a cooperation based on friendship and for the love of the game of football and the possibilities that arise from contact, says Dana Cup's Director - Jette Andersen.

In Saint Croix the Dana Cup were guests at clubs, organizations and the islands university.

- They are all ready to travel to Hjørring and there awaits more than just the Dana Cup. The team of players who are 14 and 16 years old wish to stay in Denmark for an extra week and that is only natural after such a long trip, says Jette Andersen.

- We are working together with Hirtshals BK to help give the West Indies children and extra experience. They will be accommodated privately "homestay" and play some extra training games. 

The cooperation will also continue in the future. In 2017, Saint Croix will celebrate that it is 100 years since the Danish West Indies were sold to USA. They are inviting teams from Hjørring and Hirtshals to Saint Croix.

- It is not that cheap to travel such a long way but we mutually agree that we have started a fantastic cooperation that will develop positively in the years to come - Jette Andersen.

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Photo: Siouxland Diablos

Siouxland Diablos from USA - B16

 

Tell us briefly the history of your club/team?

The Diablos Club as a whole began in 1999, before we were even born. But for our team specifically, many of us joined the club when we were four years old - and have played together ever since! We've competed all over the Midwestern part of the United States, winning numerous regional tournaments, including the Schwan's Cup in 2012.

Is it your first time at the Dana Cup if not how many times has your club participated?

Yes - this will be the first time the Diablos, let alone any team from the entire upper Midwest USA region, has been invited to the Dana Cup. It will also be the first time any of our players have even visited Europe!

What are your goals and expectations for the Dana Cup 2016?

We hope to gain experience playing against higher level competition and be exposed to what it will take for us to excel at the next level. We are also excited to meet players from around the world and experience new cultures.

Check out Siouxland Diablos on Facebook here

Siouxland Diablos, Carlos Saenz - Welcome to the Dana Cup 2016.

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