FRIDAY, JUNE 10: North Village Community Club will be among the teams competing at next month’s Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament in Orlando, Florida.

The Rams will be represented by their Under-9 and Under- 12 youth teams whose players will come up against opposition from North and South America as well as Europe.

The tournament will be held July 11-16 at the Disney Wide World of Sport Complex.

NVCC technical director Maceo Dill said the primary purpose of the tour is to expose the club’s budding crop of players to higher standards.

“It’s my belief that kids need to be exposed to a higher level of professionalism outside of Bermuda at an earlier age.

“I want to cast our players against other kids from around the world and be able to assess their abilities based on the global game rather than just Bermuda.”

Rams will be travelling with a combined squad of 25 players that will be accompanied by coaches Wayne Smith and Sergio Goater and technical director Dill.

Dill and Goater travelled to England earlier this year where they completed a crash- course at Manchester City, Bolton and Everton youth academies.

Since returning former Rams senior coach Dill has put what he learned in the UK into practice at Bernard Park.

“I’ve done presentations at North Village on many occasions based on my findings and recommendations on how we should move our programme forward,” he said.

A number of the players travelling to Florida next month were involved in a youth camp at Manchester United last year.

And since then Dill said he has observed an improvement in the technical ability and mental approach towards the game by those who attended the youth camp at one of Europe’s most famous clubs.

“I have seen the advancement that those kids who attended have made in terms of the exposure and better understanding of what it takes to be a proper athlete.

“There are some very talented players in our teams. Some of them went to Manchester United with me last year so this upcoming tour is a continuation of North Village’s commitment to becoming what we call a travelling club.”

Annually the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament attracts some 120 teams from seven countries across various age classes.

All teams are housed in an official tournament hotel and have the opportunity to enjoy specially-priced Walt Disney World theme park tickets, exclusive to participants and families of Disney Soccer tournaments.

Rams’ Under-9 team will play in a six-a-side format while their Under- 12s will play in eight-a-side matches.

This year marks the first time the Pembroke club is competing in the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament.