Cambridge Regional College win leading Middle East football tournament

Monday 14 May 2018

Football students from Cambridge Regional College (CRC) have enjoyed outstanding success at one of the leading tournaments in youth soccer.

The Dubai Super Cup tournament, held at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, saw 11 countries competing in a series of matches over four days. Having successfully navigated the group stages, winning all six games against teams from Columbia, Dubai, Pakistan and Africa, team CRC lost out in the quarter finals of the Super Cup in a penalty shoot-out against the Renaldo Academy. They faired better in the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, winning 2-1 against Dubai City and claimed victory in the finals against TFA Dubai, with a 2-1 score line.

The students are part of the Cambridge United FC Shadow Scholarship scheme run by the College for boys aged 16-19. The scheme offers talented footballers the chance to receive both regular professional coaching from UEFA level coaches, and a first-class education to open further opportunities such as university. Running for four years, the scheme has already proved successful, with a record number of students going on to university and higher education. It has also provided opportunities for students to coach within the Cambridge United youth development system at Soccer Centres, Soccer Schools, Regional Development Centres and even at Shadow Academy level.

As well as taking part in the tournament, the students also enjoyed the opportunity to do some local sightseeing, visiting the Atlantis waterpark on the Palm and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

The CRC team were accompanied by James McCabe and Tom Hall, Lecturers and team coaches. They commented: “We’re delighted that the lads got to go home with a trophy after some of the performances they put in. The heat was a huge factor, even in the evening games, but they all put 100 per cent in to every match and really played as a team. The whole experience was new for them, playing abroad against teams from all over the world but they didn’t let it faze them. The group of lads we took out were a credit to the college and themselves with their behaviour and attitude. We will definitely be looking to go back next year.”

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