Staying at a school
Being based at a school during the Gothia Cup is a lively, active experience. It probably gives you the very best opportunities to make contacts with new football friends during the Gothia Cup. There can be teams from many different countries and parts of the world staying in the same school corridor. This is one of the privileges of being involved in the Gothia Cup, but it also makes demands of us all to show respect for one another.
We would like to take this opportunity to describe clearly and honestly what it is like to stay at a school.
The school building
There can be between 10 and 40 teams staying at a school. The school will often have a school yard, sometimes with a small football pitch. Schools outside the city centre usually have larger areas.
Changing rooms & showers
The gym and showers will usually be in a separate building in the school grounds. The showers are shared by all the teams at the school. There are changing rooms for boys and for girls, with no separate showers for adults. There are usually four or five showers in each changing room, one for boys and one for girls. Sometimes there are showers with shower curtains or some facility for privacy, but this is rare.
The changing rooms and showers can be a source of concern among participants. We know that there is curiosity among both boys and girls in these ages, so we recommend that an adult be present when your players are taking showers.
The toilets are cleaned in the morning and evening. There is soap, but unfortunately we cannot provide paper hand towels as they are sometimes thrown into the toilet and cause a blockage.
Schoolchildren in Sweden eat a hot lunch that is provided every day. The municipality allows us to hire schools and kitchens so that we can provide you with good, nutritious food.
A self-service system operates in the dining room. Everyone can eat their fill, but instead of taking too much and having to throw away food, we prefer people to come back for a second helping.
When you have finished eating, you leave your tray and plate in the washing-up area.
If you have an allergy and need special food, this must be ordered in advance via “My team info”. The deadline for ordering is 10 June.
The room where you sleep is a “normal” classroom that is furnished to provide accommodation. This means that school desks and all the school materials are still there. Pupils and teachers trust us not to use or destroy their things.
The desks must be placed alongside one wall, not in front of the windows, which are emergency exits. There must also be an unobstructed path between the mattresses all the way to the door. The best arrangement is that each player keeps his or her bag above their head against the wall.
The dormitory is based on everyone having a mattress that is max. 75 cm wide. The width of the mattress is important, as many people tend to bring wider ones nowadays, which is not possible if there is to be room for everyone in the dormitory. If this happens, we may ask you to sleep in pairs on such a mattress. This is due to requirements from the emergency services.
Examples of mattresses that are too wide
OK to have gangway in the middle
Gothia Cup’s mattresses
Some teams sleep in gymnasiums. These rooms are usually allocated to clubs that bring several teams. One advantage is that there is more room, but a possible drawback is that the teams may disturb one another.
We are aware that there is not a lot of space in the rooms, and that it demands a little structure and discipline to make it work.
To avoid thefts and break-ins
We have a zero vision for thefts and break-ins at our facilities, and we are well on the way to achieving this. Never leave the room unattended. The last person out must always lock it, even if they are only in the corridor. Double-check that windows and doors are locked when you go out. Do not leave valuables in the room, and if you see an unauthorised person, mention it to your team leader or one of the school hosts.
The school hosts
At each school there are hosts, who are there for your service and safety. They are officials who are doing this work on a voluntary basis because they want to meet you and be part of the world’s biggest youth tournament.
The leader is, if course, always responsible for his or her players. If you help us in the way we have described here, you will have an enjoyable and rewarding week.