Denmark Diary – Day 11 Thursday 1st August, 2013.
Today was quite a busy day but it wasn’t too strenuous as we were recovering from our game against FC Copenhagen the day before.
In the morning we had the chance to go and watch OB’s (Odense Boldklub) first team training.
This was a really good experience as it gave us the chance to watch different (professional) players, players in our positions, players with more experience and players who are coached and play in a different way to us in England.
We stayed at their training ground for dinner and then went for a walk around the local area.
They don’t own their training ground so members of the public can just walk by and wonder about at any time which was a bit weird as we’re used to Christopher Park which is a private training ground.
When we got back there was a training camp for approximately 100 young kids.
They were split up into smaller groups with each group working on a different drill/skill. We were put into pairs to go and coach one of the drills/skills. Myself and my partner (Liam Lambert) were coaching dribbling and shooting with a small game at the end.
It was enjoyable to do and the kids were really good, they all seemed to really enjoy it and it was like they looked up to us and knew we were from a well know club in another country and we even had to sign a few autographs afterwards!!
After the coaching sessions we were given a talk by the Head of Youth at OB who had a presentation set up for us. It was all about life and football in Denmark and he made lots of comparisons to England.
It was very interesting to find out all the differences, such as, there aren’t many professional clubs or footballers in Denmark as the clubs don’t have the money and it is hard for the clubs and players to be full-time and earn a good living or profit.
Education is seen as the priority over football so the players can still be successful in life if they don’t make it as a professional.
We had an early dinner so that we could go and watch a Danish first division league game between Marienlyst and HB Koge. Marienlyst have been promoted three seasons in a row whereas HB Koge were relegated from the Danish Super League last season.
During the game we had to pick a player who played in our position and analyse his technical performance, I picked the left-midfielder from HB Koge.
This was a really useful exercise as I learnt a lot by watching him. He was an experienced player and scored the opening goal of the game. We left the game after 75 minutes so we could head back to the hotel in time to relax before we went to bed.
Although it was a busy day with lots of activities it was an enjoyable day where I felt I learnt a lot. It was a good experience.
By Jordan Flores.