Jersey’s first team ready for major youth tournament
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Jersey’s first team ready for major youth tournament

The first team to represent the island in the Gothia Cup will be a team from Jersey.

The competition in Sweden is the world’s largest youth football festival.

The Jersey Wanderers Under-13 girls team will take on teams from around the world when the competition gets underway on Sunday.

Players say it will be an “amazing” experience and a “huge opportunity” for them.

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Anika said the team wanted to make the most of the experience (BBC)

Anika hopes Jersey Wanderers will do well in the tournament.

She said she was “just happy” to learn the team had made it to the cup and that it was “just amazing” that they had that chance.

The midfielder added: “I think more people, even from the boys and girls teams, will see us in the tournament and it will show them what they can do on a stage like that.”

Every year 1,700 teams from 80 different countries participate in the Gothia Cup.

Alana smiles at the camera with her hands behind her back as her teammates sit on the pitch behind herAlana smiles at the camera with her hands behind her back as her teammates sit on the pitch behind her

Alana said football was a great way to meet new people (BBC)

Alana plays as a striker for Jersey Wanderers and admitted that she was nervous but excited about the tournament.

She said that “if we try hard” they can go far in the cup and winning the competition “would mean a lot to me.”

“I’ve made more friends here and sometimes it’s hard to meet new people, so if it wasn’t for football I wouldn’t have these friends,” she added.

A girl is getting ready to pass the ball to another girl on the field.A girl is getting ready to pass the ball to another girl on the field.

Jersey Wanderers train for the Gothia Cup (BBC)

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