Dutch adventure

Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U16 boys before departure. Picture by Steve Miller
Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U16 boys before departure. Picture by Steve Miller

FOUR school teams from north Northumberland experienced ‘total football’ first-hand during a trip to Holland.

A group of 51 pupils from Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick went to Noordwijk, south of Amsterdam, to play two games against teams in the area. They also visited the famous Ajax Arena, home of the 29-time Dutch champions.

Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U16 girls before departure. Picture by Steve Miller

Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U16 girls before departure. Picture by Steve Miller

Darren Drummond, the school’s football manager, said: “It was a great experience to play against Dutch teams because their set-up is so advanced compared to ours.

“Everybody enjoyed themselves and said they would want to go if we did it again.”

Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U19 boys before departure. Picture by Steve Miller

Duchess High School are sending four sides over to Holland to play in an end-of-season tour in Amsterdam, three at U16 and one at U19. Pictured are the U19 boys before departure. Picture by Steve Miller