It was with regret that, last week, we made the difficult decision to postpone the ITFC Academy ‘European Road Trip 2020 – sponsored by Evolve Financial Solutions’ until later in the year due to the impact of the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.
The now-annual Trip, an ITFC Academy Fundraiser, was due to depart from Portman Road on the morning of Friday 13th March and return on the evening Monday 16th. While away, we were scheduled to enjoy overnight stays in Düsseldorf, Eindhoven and Amsterdam. As there were growing concerns about the spread of the virus across continental Europe, we were constantly monitoring the situation carefully and liaising closely with the football clubs that we were due to visit.
Health- and travel-related concerns were obviously already at the forefront of our minds, but the decision to postpone the Trip was confirmed when all three of our scheduled fixtures (Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Paderborn, PSV Eindhoven vs Emmen and Ajax vs Twente) were postponed as local and national authorities in Germany and the Netherlands decided to ban all public gatherings of 1,000+ people.
With health, travel, logistical and sporting circumstances being as they are, the decision to postpone the event was difficult but also logical and entirely unavoidable. We would like to thank our event sponsor Evolve Financial Solutions, our tour partner Sportsrooms and all the Trip participants for their guidance, understanding, co-operation and support throughout this process.
The good news is that we intend to reschedule the event for later in 2020, once the new football season (2020-2021) has commenced. Obviously this is subject to how the current circumstances develop in the coming weeks and months, and the exact Trip dates would depend upon the fixture dates not only for ITFC but for host Clubs, but we will release information as soon as we have it.
We will of course liaise will all guests who had booked for the March 2020 Trip, in order to ensure that they are available to join us for the rearranged dates. We also look forward to welcoming new bookings, especially from those who has shown interest in attending the March trip but were unable to book due to other commitments.
To register your interest in the rearranged Trip, please call or email ITFC Academy Sales Manager Theo Benneworth on 01473 400510 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, thanks again to all of our ITFC Academy Association sponsors, partners and Friends for your support. We look forward to seeing you all soon.