Latics’ young scholars travelled to Denmark on Monday for a two week stay in the country ahead of their new season.
The players, along with their coaches John Doolan and Joe Parkinson are currently based at the Vildbjerg Sports Centre, with the second week of their trip being situated in Odense as they’re hosted by Odense Boldklub in a training partnership.
During their stay Latics will play three games against Silkeborg (July 27), FC Copenhagen (July 31) and Odense Boldklub (August 3).
A European training scheme the Leonardo Fund has supported Latics on their trip; the fund provides support for sports, educational & cultural trips for young adults.
The up and coming Latics players are tasked with producing diary entries each day reporting back their activities, the first of which has been written by first year scholars Sam Cosgrove and Adam Anson and reads as follows:
“I could feel the hours of training taking their toll as I woke up in Denmark for the third morning.
My body was stiff as I clambered out of bed; my eyes were weary as I stuttered towards the bathroom.
After breakfast we prepared for our only session of the day which meant we knew it would be tough as we were getting the afternoon off.
Possession football and match play were the themes for the morning.
It was a good session and John (Doolan) and Joe (Parkinson) had us working hard and the high tempo and quality involved made it successful but more importantly a productive workout.
After lunch we were told we would be heading to play football golf, about a 20 minute drive from the hotel.
Football golf is something neither of us had ever played before so it was really intriguing to try out such a creative sport.
The record for the course was 48 but unfortunately none of us were successful in breaking that, with Danny Leigh coming closest on 63, just one over par.
We finally returned to the hotel at 5pm giving us lots of time to talk to friends and family back home.”
The next diary entry will come from two more first year scholars, Dieu Foukamene and Omar Carey.