SC Gjøa, from Brooklyn in New York, is bringing 6 teams to Oslo for this year’s Norway Cup.
The Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen is best known as the first man to reach the South Pole. But his initial fame came in 1906, when he and his crew became the first to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Northwest Passage, a goal that had eluded explorers for centuries. This feat was accomplished in a 70 ft square-sterned 48 ton sloop named Gjøa.
Five years later, in 1911, members of the Norwegian Seamen’s Association organized a sporting club. Inspired by the spirit of that hardy band of explorers, the new club adopted the name of their ship. 7 years later in April 1918, they started a soccer club under the same name.
100 years later, in 2018, SC Gjøa is still going strong. Based in Brooklyn, Gjøa is the oldest soccer club in New York (and possibly the USA) and is proud of its Norwegian roots. Currently, the club has over 400 Players and in 2018 the youth soccer branch of Gjøa will have existed for 100 years.
Gjøa says about attending Norway Cup this sommer:
“As we celebrate 100 years of soccer, we want to go back to our roots and participate in the largest youth soccer tournament in the world, Norway Cup. Gjøa will be visiting with 6 teams in July and our players are looking forward to play soccer, make new friends, see the country and of course pay a visit to the famous Gjøa boat in the Fram Museum of Bygdøy, near Oslo.”
We look forward to welcoming Gjøa back to their roots and Norway Cup.