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FC United consider invite to Hong Kong

FC United have received an invitation to participate in the eighth Annual International Hong Kong Soccer Sevens tournament, to be held in May 2008.

The world’s oldest football club and fellow UniBond League members Sheffield FC played in last year’s tournament alongside teams such as PSV Eindhoven, Spurs, Celtic and Aston Villa.

The FC United board are currently considering the invitation and working through the details and implications of the trip. It is anticipated that should we accept the invitation; the cost of the trip will have no financial burden on the club itself.

The invitation offers our players a tremendous opportunity to play in such a prestigious tournament and end of season trips such as this and our earlier trip to Leipzig helps with player recruitment and retention. FC does not pay the biggest wages but along with our large and passionate support we do offer players opportunities that would not be readily available elsewhere.

It goes without saying, nonetheless the board is keen to stress that the motive for going would not be to ’sell shirts’ or ’promote the brand’ but to give our players a unique opportunity to play in, and supporters the chance to watch their team in a prestigious tournament.

The board are aware that the trip will be beyond the reach of many supporters and the club are currently working on other offers that would involve a European trip next summer.

We would repeat that no final decision has yet been made and that supporters should await an official announcement before making any arrangements.

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First Posted ~ 18:16 Fri 9 Nov 2007
News ID ~ 1291
Last Updated ~ 18:16 Fri 9 Nov 2007