Hereford teams marked the 40th anniversary of an international youth soccer tournament in Holland in June by returning home as tournament champions.

Hereford Lions Club has been taking four teams of local lads for 39 years, missing only the first of the series and estimate that over the years well over 2000 young footballers have benefited from the experience of playing in a European based series of matches.

In the four age groups it was the Under 12’s who won the glory for Hereford by winning their section with the other three teams each taking the runners-up spot in their group finals and earning enough points to give Hereford the overall tournament title – an accolade they have won on several occasions in the past.

Organiser Stuart Sheehan of the Lions Club declared it was the best ever tournament staged by the Brederodes football club with the Hereford contingent performing brilliantly both on and off the pitch “All the boys were great ambassadors for Hereford,” he said. The teams are hosted by local families.
To mark the 40th anniversary Hereford Lions planted an oak tree in the stadium.

The Under 12’s team
The Under 14’s team
The Under 16’s team
The Under 18’s team
Tree planting Stuart Sheehan and Tony Cole present the oak tree to Hans Brooklin chairman of Brederodes FC (left)

More details on the Tournament can be found at the Brederodes Web Site