Senior World Cup
The Senior World Cup is held annually in Thailand, this was the tenth year the tournament had taken place. the tournament is held to raise funds for victims of the 2004 tsunami and to promote football in the local area. It is held in a different location every year and this year it was in Phuket.
the teams that took part were Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Italy Thailand, Iran and Taiwan. Scotland were drawn in a group with Italy, Thailand and Australia.
We beat Italy 4-0 in our first game but then lost 1-0 to Thailand and 1-0 to Australia in two hard fought games. These results unfortunately meant we failed to qualify for the semi finals. In our final game, we faced Taiwan (who had finished 3rd in their group) in a playoff to finish 5th. In a close game, Scotland finished the tournament on a high and beat Taiwan 2-1 to secure 5th place. Iran won the tournament, beating host nation Thailand 2-0 in the final. The tournament was an amazing experience and I enjoyed playing for Scotland but the local weather conditions took some getting used to – no amount of junior football in the typical Scottish weather can prepare you for playing in the heat and humidity of Thailand! Thank goodness I packed my sun hat! Meeting and playing against the different nations was personal highlight for me.
As well as competing in the tournament, we also took part in coaching sessions with the local school children. This gave players the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge and to distribute footballs, track suits and t-shirts. I enjoyed meeting and spending time with the children and young people, it was a very different and rewarding experience. The youngsters were very enthusiastic during the training sessions and extremely grateful for the items they received.
We also managed to fit in some some sightseeing and visited some of Thailand’s beautiful beaches and islands.
Thanks to all individuals and companies that sponsored me to take part in the tournament, I had a great time representing my country and would love to go back in future years!