40 young Hot Peppers head to Florida tournament
The Hamilton Parish Hot Peppers will this week test their skills against international competition in a Florida youth soccer tournament.
Yesterday, a total of 40 young members of the Hamilton Parish Youth Soccer Programme boarded a plane to Florida to take part in the AC Milan Florida Cup Soccer Tournament in Altamonte Springs.
While the programme has sent several teams to US tournaments in past years, this year’s group is the largest ever sent as part of the programme.
Coach Philip Burgess said he was excited about the trip and about giving the young players the opportunity to test their mettle against international competition.
“This is an opportunity for these young people to represent Bermuda, represent their families and represent their team in Orlando,” Mr Burgess said.
“There are a lot of South American teams in AC Milan, but, I think we are going to do well. We have done well in past years in Cleveland.
“I think the other teams are out to get us this year, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Last year, the Hot Peppers reached the under-12 finals, while the under-nines were undefeated in the group stage and reached the semi-finals.
While he said in past years the trips have been organised over a six-month period with a long series of fundraisers, this year the trip was put together in just three or four months, thanks to the support of the community and the assistance of volunteers.