Donosti Cup 2020
June 29 - July 13, 2017
We will be taking part in an unmatched experience by traveling together next summer to compete in the Donosti Cup in San Sebastian, Spain.
Joining other players from around the world to play in a World Cup style tournament with group play followed by a knockout stage.
In addition to some literal world class soccer, the players (and families) will have a guided tour through some of the most beautiful parts of the country.
Other club teams are preparing for their future international trips as well.
June 30 - July 2
We fly out of Vancouver on Monday, June 29th landing in Spain on June 30th to spend the first three days enjoying the sun of the Mediterranean. The seaside town boasts one of the best beaches in the country and sits 60km outside of Barcelona.
The players and families will cure their jet leg sunbathing and sampling the regions wine. Not a bad way to start the trip.
July 3 - July 5
Our second stop is in historic Alquezar to spend a couple of days enjoying the outdoors. Everyone will get some bonding time floating the river in the crystal limestone waters through the surrounding canyons.
They should now be acclimated to the weather and time and be prepped to represent USA the next week.
San Sebastian, Spain
July 5 - July 11
Can you think of anything more American than beating up teams from other countries on the Fourth of July?!?
The Donosti Cup takes place over six days. The teams will be placed in a group of four with the hope to win the group and move on to the Quarter Finals and then a chance for the Cup. For full details of the tournament visit their site here: http://www.donosticup.com/english.asp
There is also a great opening ceremony where all of the teams get to walk through the stadium and be introduced behind a backdrop of fireworks. To get a feel of what the week will look like watch the following video (our NCA players are featured a few times here).
July 11 - July 13
After taking home the Cup, the girls will end their trip in Toledo- just 70km south of Madrid.
Full of castles and cathedrals, the town provides a great atmosphere to wind down and reflect on a ridiculous experience we all just had. On July 13th we fly home out of Madrid.
This trip has been coordinated for the past 20+ years by Gary Warman. Gary was a long time coach of both Mount Vernon High School and Northwest United. He is currently the head coach at Sedro Woolley High School. His experience and assitance make this package fun, safe, soccer-centric and unforgettable.
I just saw on his Facebook feed a private tour for one of the teams this year of the stadium where Barcelona plays (Messi's team).
All the hotels have included breakfast and we have a chartered bus to take us around the country.