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Central women's soccer team returns from the Netherlands

Women's soccer | March 23, 2012

PELLA—Central College women’s soccer coach Mike Kobylinski guided 13 players to the Netherlands and Germany over spring break on the program’s first international trip. The nine-day journey included playing four games, training with three professional guest coaches, watching two professional games and viewing several historical sites.

Kobylinski’s summary of the trip:

This year we were able to travel overseas with our Central women’s soccer team for the first time ever. I was able to go overseas last year to Holland but this trip was truly something amazing. We arrived in Schipol airport in Amsterdam on March 10th. From there we ate some breakfast at the Schipol Hotel and then our adventure began. 

We dropped off our luggage at the Schipol Hotel then traveled to Amsterdam to do a canal tour and to do a tour of the Anne Frank house. Both were great and our women had a better understanding of the layout of Amsterdam as well as the history of Anne Frank and World War II.

The next morning we traveled to Zaans Schanse en Volendam to see what it’s like there. We found out that Volendam not only has a soccer club but also produces some of the finest Dutch singers around. We walked around the village and also were able to do some shopping. What was really cool was Zaans Schanse, which I believe has the most windmills per capita in the world. I really enjoyed the fact that we were able to do some sightseeing and learn about the Dutch culture the first two days. From there we pressed on to the Amsterdam Arena and watched storied Dutch club Ajax vs. RKC in front of 75,000 people. See the link below for the environment.

We stayed in Grooesbeek the whole week and it’s about an hour and a half away from Amsterdam.  Grooesbeek is a small village that actually has six soccer clubs and two of the clubs are amateur—De Treffers and Achilles. We stayed at a resort which was phenomenal and had breakfast there each morning. The accommodations were fantastic.

We were able to participate in three practice sessions over the course of the week and played in four matches. We were trained by some top club trainers such as: Harry Jansen, Joost Van Elden, and Remco Ten Hoopen. In our four matches that we played in we went 2-1-1. We played DVOL in Lent, Netherlands; RHKVV of Huissen, Netherlands; Trekvogels of Nijmegen, Netherlands and Arnhem ESA of Arnhem, Netherlands. Below is a link for the club we stayed at DVOL and their conga line.

Also during the week we were able to watch NEC train of the Eredivisie 1st Division and we sat first row of the Vitesse-Arnhem vs. Heracles match at the Gelredome in Arnhem. We did a stadium tour of both NEC and Schalke of Germany. We also visited the World War II museum in Groesbeek to learn more about that as well as the war cemetery there. It wouldn’t be a trip if we didn’t do some shopping too, which we did in Dusseldorf, Germany. 

We hope to possibly visit as a team every three years as we had the time of our life and now have lifelong friends over there. It’s a special time to be a part of the Central College Dutch women’s soccer team. 

Pictures: Top left--Kobylinski with Coach Joost of Trekvogels, top right-Central soccer players at professional game, middle left-Central and Trekvogels soccer teams, bottom right-Central soccer players in wooden shoe.

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