Better late than never, ATAC have provided some advice for our upcoming trips to Lima and Mexico City as Scotland finish the season with 2 glamour friendlies. It is a little cut down from the usual version but we hope you find this Sporran Guide useful.
GOALS WEST, Great Western Road, Clydebank. Glasgow, G81 2XT
Sunday 10 June
THEME – 1998 World Cup
ATAC are delighted announce the 7’s tournament for 2018, hosted by WESTA with the SCOTLAND 1998 World Cup Squad (well some of).
As the World Cup will be underway, we have adopted a WC theme for this years competition. Teams from ATAC affiliated clubs and ALL other groups of TA are invited to participate.
Two seven aside parks have been reserved at Goals West Glasgow, with first matches kicking off at 12 noon, we expect to play through until approx. 3.30.p.m.
There shall be two leagues, A & B, with the winners of group A playing the runners up of Group B and the Winners of B playing runners up of A in the semi – finals – the winners obviously play out the Final.
The facility has a bar, so the spectators will have a great day and we encourage as many spectators as possible.
The winners will be presented with the trophy and their medals in the bar at the conclusion of the competition, accompanied by a light buffet.
We expect to have join us FOUR MEMBERS OF THE PLAYING and BACKROOM STAFF OF THE 1998 SCOTLAND WORLD CUP SQUAD – there is no truth in the rumour that they are all now WESTA members and will be playing for them. They will however be offering advice, encouragement and no doubt a few laughs – be sure to bring your camera.
Squad sizes should number 7 – 10, if however a group has more but not enough to form a second team then the ‘spare’ players will be grouped to form another team – we want everyone to participate and enjoy the day.
To put forward your team / teams in the first instance email WESTA and the co-ordination on the day with be fulfilled by Kevin Troy of WESTA.
Teams should arrive at GOALS no later than 11.20.a.m.
The draw for the leagues will be made in the week prior to the competition.
NAE RINGERS – this is a fun day, played in the spirit of the Tartan Army. We look forward to having as many teams participate and remembers you need not be an ATAC club.
Our friends at WESTA are arranging supporters buses in Peru and Mexico to help getting Scotland fans to and from the games. Note that the deadline for the Peru bus is 10th May so email them asap if you require a seat on the bus.
We have been advised that travelling away from the stadium after a match, particularly with a capacity crowd, can be a challenge. We are therefore arranging buses from the MIRAFLORES area to the match and return. The buses are open to all fans and we will provide as many (or as few) as required. The driving time from Miraflores to the stadium is approx. 40 minutes, we will ensure a departure time to allow plenty of time for travel and to spend a bit of time in the area of the stadium. Return will be straight after the game. We expect the cost to be in the range £5 –
£10, ( we expect the lower end of this but we are just allowing a bit of leeway at the moment). We are collecting reservations ONLY at this time – full info re departure point, time and cost will be circulated to those who have reserved, once confirmed and we know our numbers.
To reserve seats please email Jim Brown stating how many seats, names of all persons reserved for (to avoid duplication) and have PERU in the subject header by 10 May.
We have been advised that (similar to Lima) travelling away from the stadium after a match, particularly with a capacity crowd, can be a challenge. The ‘City Centre’ both the commercial and tourist hotel areas are approx. 13-15 km from the stadium. We are therefore arranging buses from the LA CONDESA area of Mexico City to the match and return. LA CONDESA is regarded as an entertainment area and we have arranged two bars to depart from, they are on opposite sides of same street. Bars and restaurants in this area are open late. The buses are open to all fans and we will provide as many (or as few) as required. The distance from LA CONDESA to the stadium is approx. 14 KM, we will ensure a departure time to allow plenty of time for travel and to spend a bit of time in the area of the stadium, it is The Azteca after all. Return will be straight after the game. The cost will be £8 per person
We are collecting reservations ONLY at this time – full information will be emailed to those making reservations.
To reserve seats please email Jim Brown stating how many seats, names of all persons reserved for (to avoid duplication) and have MEXICO in the subject header.
WESTA have been doing this for years and all payments will go through our accounts, available for inspection at any club meeting.
Any surplus monies will go into our charity pot for later distribution – beneficiaries include the Tartan Army Sunshine Appeal.
Ambassador Iain Lindsay has the following words of welcome and advice for the Scotland fans heading to Hungary at the end of the month. He does confirm that you need to carry your passport with you at all times. You must be able to show some form of ID if requested. A photocopy is not acceptable and we have had it on good authority that you will not get into the stadium without it.
ATAC are finalising the Sporran Guide for this trip contain this and other advice along with our other features like winning words. Official travel advice for visiting Hungary can be found on the website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary. We thank Iain and his staff at the UK embassy in Budapest for his welcome and look forward to visiting.