Three Hydro-sponsored teams to Norway Cup

July 25, 2002, 01:00 CEST

Three Hydro-sponsored teams will enter the youth soccer tournament Norway Cup, starting in Oslo on Sunday 28 July. The young players from Brazil and Jamaica can also look forward to watching Manchester United in action at Ullevål stadium.

For several years Hydro Aluminium has sponsored teams associated with the alumina refineries Alunorte in Brazil and Alpart in Jamaica. Hydro Agri is now following this example and is sponsoring, for the first time, a team associated with the production plant Trevo in Brazil.

The players from the Brazilian teams Atrevhydro and Rain Forest, as well as Essex Valley All-Stars from Jamaica, arrived in Oslo 24 July, to participate in the tournament. Norway Cup is the world's largest soccer tournament for players between the age of 11 and 19. This year it will include 1,350 teams.

The Agri-sponsored team, Atrevhydro, will follow Hydro Aluminium's established program. The young players can look forward to a varied and exciting program. On Sunday 28 July and the two following days the teams will have their preliminary matches and play-offs to qualify for the finals. There will also be informal matches between the Hydro-sponsored teams as well as a sightseeing in Oslo, including a visit to the amusement park Tusenfryd.

Tuesday night may be the highlight of their stay, at least for fans of David Beckham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Manchester United. That night the famous English team will meet one of the local teams, Vålerenga, and the young players from Atrevhydro, Rain Forest and Essex Valley All-Stars are fortunate to have tickets to the game. The teams will also watch an international under-19 football match between Norway and The Czech Republic at Nadderud Stadium in Bærum.

The players will end their stay by a three-day trip to the city of Lillehammer. They will visit the Olympic arenas at Hamar and Lillehammer. The young visitors can have a go at wheeled bobsleigh in the Olympic bobsleigh track.