Junior Heat U14s planning for UK trip

Kelowna-based soccer club is raising funds to go to Southhampton, England in August.

The Kelowna’s U14 Junior Heat team is preparing for the journey of a lifetime.

The Heat boys are the process of raising money for a trip to England this summer to take part in the Southampton FC Cup.

The eight-day international youth tournament, hosted by Southampton and surrounding area in the UK, will feature 60 teams from around the world.

Junior Heat coach Jason Neale said it will be a memorable experience for every boy on the team.

“I think it’s a life experience, firstly for all the players,” said coach Jason Neale. “Many of our players have never been outside of B.C. or Washington. It’s a fantastic experience for them to travel collectively to another country.

“As for the soccer or football level, it’s a very high standard, playing against or with one of the best in this academy level teams in the world,” Neale continued. “They’ll get the opporunity to play against some of those teams and possibly be scouted by one of the coaches that will be there.”

Many of the top professional academies will be competing from August 5 to 13, inlcuding FC Porto, Chelsea FC, GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña, as well as the Kenyan national U14 boys and Slovenian national U16 girls team.

To assist the Junior Heat with their fundraising efforts, go to gofundme.com/U14-soccer-team-to-southampton-cup