Tiro staff has had an action-packed 10 days in Europe attending events, watching games, and meeting with International School staff.
Our trip began in Spain, visiting the British School of Barcelona (BSB), the American School of Barcelona (ASB), and the American School of Madrid (ASM). During those days, coach Nano was able to watch a friendly match between ASB and BSB, which BSB won in convincing fashion. Nano also took the time to meet with last summer’s US Tour participant Eloise Franz, who recently committed to Swarthmore College, where she will play on the women’s soccer team. You can find a testimonial from Eloise about her experience with Tiro on our Instagram page: @tirosports.
Next, we visited Lisbon where we were able to view the campus at St. Julian’s International School, one of the highly-rated programs in our Top 25 Rankings. We were then well-received by our friends at MoveSports, event specialists, and creators of the Lisbon Football Youth Cup. While the LFYC didn't happen this year due to restrictions regarding the global pandemic, we will return to Portugal to attend similar events in the future. While in Lisbon, we also met with a coach from pro women's club Racing Power, who is well connected in the Lisbon soccer scene, and committed to helping expand our girls' programs in Portugal and beyond!
At our next stop, we visited the Netherlands for the Dutch International School Championships. This tournament consisted of four Dutch International Schools:
ISH - International School of The Hague (host)
BSN - British School of the Netherlands
ASH - American School of The Hague
ISA - International School of Amsterdam
We were pleased with the competitive spirit and quality of play in the tournament. On the boys’ side, ISA were crowned champions, defeating BSN 1-0 with a late goal in the final. A highlight of the boys' tournament was the excitement of two penalty shootouts, where the BSN goalkeeper made two world-class saves to beat ISH in the opening game, and then ISH redeemed themselves by winning the next shootout against ASH. On the girls' side, host school ISH finished as champions by defeating BSN 1-0, and all other games ended in a draw.
Lastly, we went to Copenhagen and Malmö for the weekend to meet International Schools and clubs in the region. Finally, the trip will conclude with a trip to Zurich for the Swiss International Schools Tournament and the ISST Hub Tournaments in Brussels, as well as the ESC Tournament in Zug & Luzern (boys) and Lausanne (girls).
Thanks, and speak to you all again soon.
Tiro Sports Staff
Day 8 - Dutch International School Championships (DISC) - ISA were crowned champions by beating BSN 1-0 with a late goal in the finals. Through this Dutch qualifier, ISA has earned an official invitation to the Tiro Sports International School World Cup held in Boston, Massachusetts in June 2022.
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