You don't see it very often: a 50 hectare sports park with more than 20 football pitches, a large sports hall, a cycling track and various club houses. De Schorre sports park, home of KV Oostende, offers all the facilities necessary for a big international tournament. Every year, the Sirene Cup attracts around 100 teams from 6 or more countries, so it's a real challenge to be the team who goes home with the cup. However, you don't have to come purely for the sport - within 10 minutes you can be at the beach promenade and the lively centre of this popular spa town.
Oostende (70,000 inhabitants) offers everything you would expect from a seaside town: an expanse of sea, a beautiful beach and a boulevard jam-packed with restaurants, cafés and hotels. In addition, the area behind the boulevard is riddled with shopping streets. In short: Oostende is a seaside town with an urban flair. De Schorre sports park is a couple of kilometres away from the centre and the boulevard.
Oostende Municipal Swimming Pool:
Is it too cold outside, or are you not keen on the salty seawater? Then head to the Oostende municipal swimming pool to cool off.
At the end of the 18th century, France annexed Belgium. Napoleon feared an English attack on the port of Oostende, so in 1811 he had an imposing fort built in the dunes: Fort Napoleon. It is now a museum, bistro and restaurant - it's really worth a visit.
The Sirene Cup is organised by the 'Koninklijke Voetbalclub' (Royal Football Club) of Oostende. This club was established in 1981. The 1st team currently plays in the 1st national league. KV Oostende has 22 youth teams from which the select teams play at the highest level in Belgium.
The matches of this international youth football tournament are played at the De Schorre sports park in Oostende. In addition to all the basic facilities, a large tent with a terrace and food stands providing snacks and drinks are constructed for the occasion. There are also plenty of extra activities to enjoy, such as 'bumper balls' and bouncy castles. The sports park is just a stone's throw away from the boulevard and the beach on the Belgian coast.