What to bring

Below is a recommended list of what players should bring to the Gothia Cup

Players must wear Pumas Tracksuit and polo (or t-shirt) when travelling. Use their holdall as hand luggage and bring a soft case to check-in.

Nightwear

Toiletries & Towel

Flip-flops

Suncream

Sun hat or baseball cap

Casual Clothes (including warm jacket/top)

Casual shoes

Swimming trunks

Team Kit (minimum of playing shirt, shorts and 2 x pairs socks)

Waterproof

2 x empty drinking waterbottles (minimum size – 700ml)

Shinpads

Studded football boots and astro boots (we may be playing on turf and astroturf)

Sock tape

Spare laces/studs/stud tightener/boot cleaner

2 x large bin bags (to cover holdall in case of rain during match)

Goalkeeping gloves and glove cleaner (if applicable)

Goalkeepers: towel and cap for matches

Sleeping bag or sheet and blanket

Pillow

Blow-up mattress (single only – do not bring a double mattress). These can be bought in most Superstores or Argos and cost around £10. They come very tightly packed when new so are easy to fit into luggage if you remove the box.

Pump for the mattress

Spending money must already be changed into Swedish Kroner*

Spending money (pound sterling) for UK airport

Optional: a basic mobile phone/charger/plug adapter (also note: phones will be collected in by staff in the evening and returned in the morning).

Camera/book/magazine

England flags for the Opening Ceremony

To hand in at airport:

European Health Card (EHIC Card) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

Passport

You might consider providing your son/daughter with some food/sandwich for the flight. However, please remember not to give them a drink as they cannot take liquids through security.

When travelling, players should wear their team tracksuit with either a team polo or training t-shirt underneath. Players should use their team holdall/rucksack as hand luggage, and should contain items that the players need for travelling (books, magazine but no fluids !).

Baggage

Please do not use ‘hard’ suitcases for hold luggage. Please use a soft bag instead.

The luggage allowance is 23kg on BA, KLM and Brussels and 20kg on Norwegan airlines.

Mobile Phones

A mobile phone is a good way to stay in touch with parents, but we suggest taking an older model rather than an expensive phone in case it is lost.  Please note that players are not allowed to use their mobile phones at night and mobile phones will be collected in by the staff in the evening.

Please note that sweets/chocolate etc are strictly not allowed and will be eaten by the coaching staff if found! Other food items may be brought but please ensure these do not contain any trace of nuts.

Medication

If you need to give medication to the coaching staff please put the medication, in it’s original packaging, into a clear bag with a sticker with the players’ name clearly labelled. The player will need to take this to Sweden, as our Coaches cannot carry items that do not belong to them, and then hand into the Coaches once in Gothenburg.

If the player needs a epipen or inhaler then they must have a minimum of two. One to be kept by the player at all times and one to the kept by the Team Leader. Please ensure they are clearly named.

Money

We recommend an absolute  maximum of £30 a day. Expenditure will be mainly on snacks, drinks, souvenirs, rides at the theme park and trips out (crazy golf/laser quest) if the team is knocked out of the tournament. The amount they spend will therefore increase if the team is knocked out of the tournament. The meals in the school run from Sunday dinner until Saturday breakfast, so outside of these days players will need to purchase their own food which we will help them to do.

We would expect players to spend something like:

Saturday & Sunday – £20 a day. Monday to Wednesday – £5 a day. Thursday, Friday  & Saturday – £30 a day.

While all players must bring some krona in cash with them, but do note that Sweden is nearly cash free and parents should provide players with a pre-loaded cash card in addition to cash. This can be topped up by parents during the week. We appreciate that children in the UK are less used to using cards for payment, but in Gothenburg it’s becoming increasingly unusual to pay by cash and each year we notice more and more shops no longer accepting cash. The cards can often be used to pay for any currency so they can use the card in the UK airport, to pay for things in Euros if they are flying non-direct also in Sweden.

So we’d advise something like £20 cash in £stirling. £40 worth of Krona in small denominations and pre-paid international top-up card (£150 worth initially) which you can top-up during the week.

Currency Pre-paid cards such as £GBP cards from Fairfx or a Moneycard from the Post Office are often used by our staff.

Our amounts are only a guideline (although parents should remember that Gothenburg is an expensive city compared to the UK) and parents will need to make their own decision on how much to give their son.

Those transfering through a different country (needing Euros) can use the pre-paid international card to buy a drink or snack in the airport.

Remember to give the players some £ sterling to get food and a drink at the airport if they don’t have a currency card.

The players may hand money into their Head Coach to keep safe, but but no member of staff nor the Club will accept any responsibility for money which is lost or stolen. If you wish for your son/daughter to hand in some money, it must be in an envelope with their name on. Ensure small denominations because we can only give the players the notes you provide for them.

Classroom accommodation

Please remember not to bring a double mattress!

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