Clarkson University Golden Knight European Soccer Tour, AFC AJAX
The Clarkson University Golden Knights traveled with their men’s soccer team to Germany and the Netherlands. The trip kick off with a training session at the training grounds of the KNVB – the Royal Netherlands Soccer Federation. The next day the group visited Volendam and Zaansche Schans and watched an Eredivisie pro game between AZ Alkmaar and ADO Den Haag. Monday the Golden Knights were off to Amsterdam where an Amsterdam Arena Tour – home of AFC Ajax was organized as well as a tour of the Ajax training center: De Toekomst. The team was able to take a picture with Dutch legend Dennis Bergkamp. In the evening they played a game vs. Buitenveldert.
Tuesday a trip to the Anne Frank House was part of the program and an evening game vs. Zeeburgia. Wednesday the team traveled to Düsseldorf in Germany. In the evening the team visited the game vs. England and Germany. In Germany Premier International Tours arranged another 2 games and lots of sight-seeing including a day trip to Cologne with visits to the Cologne Cathedral, the Old City and Mungerdorfer Stadium as well as Düsseldorf and the German Football Museum. A full tour report can be found on the team website, click here
After the tour Coach Taylor wrote the following: "This was my first team trip and it did not disappoint. The itinerary in both the Netherlands and Germany was excellent and it seemed as though each activity outdid the last. The tour guides in each destination made a huge positive impact on how our trip went, with each having excellent knowledge of not only the area, but also the sport. They each used their extensive contacts to organize extra activities for us and they were both people we will stay in touch with a long time. The game schedule provided the perfect level of competition and our training facilities were way above our own expectations. Premier helped us through the setup of the trip every step of the way and everything was organized hassle-free. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our team and I personally can't wait to do this again in a few years."