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December 11, 2007

Wooden Spoons in Damascus

Filed under: School trips — scotsabroad @ 7:09 pm


Returned very late Sunday night from unbelievable trip away with football squad from school (NCBIS) to Damascus Community School in Syria. Took 10 girls and 9 boys for three day competition. Very cold and rainy for two days. Girls squad was a different class from the rest:  won all their games and the trophy with some style to spare. One favourite quote: couldn’t go there coach, I had to run round the muddy bit…..! Delightful group of girls who deserved the glory. Returned to Cairo with big trophy and medals.

However the boys decided to concede a shed load of goals in their first 5 games, lose every match but managed to keep their spirits up. Went into the last day expecting to be knocked out in first round – they were seeded 6th and cannon fodder for the other teams again. The night before had a vision of playing my goalkeeper as centre forward ( caught sight of him doing some Irish dancing at the disco – like the scene in Titanic where they are dancing on the table, and thought he must be with us for a reason!) and changing to third choice keeper. Inspired. We proceeded to reach the final with centre forward scoring two vital goals at just the right time. Must be honest – I was dancing up the touch line and hoarse with shouting. Third choice keeper blocking rockets, bouncing up and doing it all over again. In the final he was injured, substituted late on and taken away by the Syrian doctor. Had to run to the medical room to prevent boy being taken to hospital and probably operated on. The final didn’t matter. The boys were on cloud nine, smiling constantly and so was I. We lost the final but won the competition no doubt. Matches best footballing moments ever.

Spent day after tournament exploring Damascus visting old mosque and houses, steam baths and the souk. Bought Shona some wooden spoons as they are in short supply and hard to find in Cairo. Magic.



  1. No wooden spoons in Cairo? How odd. 🙂

    Comment by Wendy — December 12, 2007 @ 6:41 pm | Reply

  2. Nice few days by the sound of it, so glad to hear you had some Scottish weather!

    Comment by Ann — January 24, 2008 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

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