Below is a recommended list of what players should bring to the Gothia Cup
Toiletries & Towel
Sun hat or baseball cap
Casual Clothes (including warm jacket/top)
Lions Match Kit (minimum of playing shirt, shorts and 2 x pairs socks). Note this kit (for outfield players) is a green top, black shorts and green hooped socks.
(B15 and B16 teams have a blue kit)
Lions training t-shirt
2 x empty drinking waterbottles (minimum size – 700ml)
Studded football boots and astro boots (we may be playing on turf and astroturf)
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
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
(note: B15 and B16 teams do not need a matress, pump, sleeping bag towels as they stay in a hotel).
Spending money must already be changed into Swedish Krona* and we also suggest providing a pre-paid cash card.
Spending money (pound sterling) for UK airport and some sandwiches if an evening flight
Mobile phone/charger/plug adapter (please note all phones are collected in by our staff at bedtime)
England flags for the Opening Ceremony (optional)
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.
To hand in at airport:
European Health Card (EHIC Card).
For travelling, players should wear their team tracksuit with either a team polo or team training t-shirt underneath. Players should use their team holdall/rucksack as hand luggage. The holdall/rucksac should contain what the players need for travelling (books, magazine but no fluids!) as this will not be checked in.
For evening outbound flights, 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. If you have to change plans (eg in Amsterdan or Brussels) you might wish to give them some money to spend in that country too so they can buy a snack between flights.
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 your son’s name clearly labelled. Your son 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.
The boys are allowed to check in one bag. We prefer you not to use ‘hard’ suitcases for hold luggage, a soft bag with wheels is ideal.
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 before bedtime.
Please do not put sweets or chocolate into the players’ luggage! Cereal bars are acceptable.
We get lots of questions about money so here is our complete guide!
We recommend an absolute maximum of £30 a day (in kronas and in small notes). 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 krona in cash with them, Sweden is increasingly becoming cash free and parents may wish to consider providing players with a pre-loaded 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, if they have a chance of flight in Europe and also in Sweden.
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.
Remember to give the players some £ sterling to get food and a drink at the airport.
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 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.