SKF (U.K.) Limited will send Broxburn Athletic Colts United to the Gothia Cup, in Sweden, the world’s largest football tournament, after the West Lothian team were crowned champions of the Meet the World competition in Livingston. The under-13 squad will compete alongside the best youth teams in the world in Gothenburg and follow in the footsteps of footballing greats, such as Alan Shearer, Xabi Alonso and Scotland’s own Gordon Durie.
The UK edition of the SKF Meet the World tournament, which is now in its ninth year, invited young local footballers to play for a chance to win the opportunity to travel to Gothia Cup. Broxburn Athletic Colts United became this year’s champions by defeating home team Murieston United Blue on penalties in a tense final that finished in a 1-1 draw after normal time. Their prize includes flights to Sweden for the whole team and their adult supervisors. SKF is also funding accommodation and meals, as well as new football kits for the squad.
Sharon Smith, Managing Director of SKF (U.K.) Limited, says: “We have witnessed some impressive talent at this year’s Meet the World competition, but it was a well-deserved win for Broxburn Athletic Colts United. The event has been a fantastic success once again this year and we are proud to give youth footballers, who perhaps wouldn’t have otherwise had the chance, the opportunity to win a trip to Gothia Cup.”
SKF has been the official main partner of Gothia Cup since 2006, supporting the tournament in which more than 30,000 boys and girls from 1600 teams and 80 nations across the globe compete each year. SKF also supports footballers on the road to the international competition through the Meet the World tournaments, which have been arranged in 39 countries to bring over 2500 children to Gothenburg to date.
Gothia Cup 2016 will take place on July 17-23 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Further information on SKF’s involvement in the competition is available at www.skf.co.uk.