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Dream of hundreds of Flemish football youths in tatters, parents left empty-handed

Hundreds of young Flemish football players have been left flabbergasted as it turns out that an international tournament at Schalke 04 has been scrapped, due to financial problems. The parents will probably never see their cash back, Het Nieuwsblad and Het Laatste Nieuws report. 

Hundreds of youth players from 33 different Flemish clubs, both teenagers and younger players, had registered for a five-day camp at the renowned German top club Schalke 04. The icing on the cake would be a visit inside the Gelsenkirchen stadium.

However, the Dutch organiser of the event, Sporting Event, has filed for bankruptcy. The Flemish clubs were informed by e-mail yesterday. "We hadn't seen this coming," says Jurgen Vogels, president of the youth division of KVV Vosselaar. Bryan (14) and Joran (12) of KVV Zelzate were devastated. "We had been looking forward to it so much. It would have been really cool", they were cited by Het Nieuwsblad. 

This all came so suddenly, that it looks like fraud

The training camp cost some 200 euros per player. There is a big chance that parents will not see their money back. "We have been asked to contact the curator, but as organisers can no longer organise the camp, we are afraid we won't see put money back", says Vogels. 

It's a disgrace, a father who had arranged a trip for two sons told Het Nieuwsblad. "It's very bizarre. It all came so suddenly that it looks like fraud. We have lost our money. The e-mail was clear about that."