This year, Bridges FC began preparations for a 3 1/2 week European Tour in Holland early in Decemeber 2010 by hand-picking and identifying players who showed potential in reaching the professional level. Coaches Bret Hall and Jeff Roy worked diligently with hundreds of players throughout the winter months, continuing to develop and train them. By May, the team came together for focused training and preparation for this year’s European Tour.
This was the youngest team that Bridges has taken to Europe, with the majority of players ranging from 18 to 20 years old. After an excellent pre-season in the states, the team departed for Amsterdam on Friday, July 15, 2011.
This year Bridges had a fantastic opportunity to play top level teams in the 1st Division in Holland, as well as high-level amateur teams and a 3rd Division professional team in Germany. As a young team, the mental focus and toughness grew and developed through both tough losses and hard-fought wins. Players came away from losses stronger and better prepared to play against high levels of competition.
|07.18.11||FC Groningen (1st Team)||Loss, 6-0||07.30.11||FC Udiros (1st Team)||Win, 4-0|
|07.20.11||FC Utrecht (Reserves)||Loss, 4-2||08.03.11||FC Osnabruck (1st Team)||Loss, 2-0|
|07.24.11||SC Heerenveen (1st Team)||Loss, 6-1||08.04.11||FC Drachsterbos (1st Team)||Win, 2-0|
|07.26.11||FC Vitesse Arnhem (A1 Jr.)||Win, 1-0||08.06.11||FC Sneek Wit Zwart (1st Team)||Win, 2-0|
|07.27.11||FC De Graafschap (A1 Jr.)||Win, 2-1||08.07.11||FC Saestum Zeist (1st Team)||Win, 2-0|
This summer, Bridges FC continued focus on its mission to “train, equip, and expose young, talented players to the demands of professional soccer by developing the physical and mental toughness required to play professionally, and seeing lives transformed through Jesus Christ.” We saw 6 players identified by professional scouts, and many players improve dramatically over the month in Holland, seeing and grasping hold of the work ethic and heart needed to reach the professional level. Moreover, 9 players made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Our Ministry was greatly supported by our Partner in Holland Ronald Lepez.
We are excited and encouraged from this past year, and have begun preparations for 2012. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.