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Youth Team To Go On Erasmus+ Pre-Season Tour

20 July 2016

Ciaran Donnelly's Side Set For Trip To The Netherlands

Blackpool's youth side will face some of their European counterparts during a cultural and educational pre-season trip next month.

The club is one of seven in The EFL to have been successful in applying to head over to Spain or the Netherlands for a tour that is funded by Erasmus+ with the support of the LFE.

The Seasiders, who fly out to the Netherlands on 1 August, will be based in Rotterdam and face matches against VFL Osnabruck, FC Utrecht and Excelsior. 

"We spend the first week on the border with Germany and play against a German third division academy side, which will be a great opportunity for our lads. We'll then move over to Rotterdam and play against two Eredivisie under-19 teams," Academy Manager Ciaran Donnelly explained.

"Mixed in with that is the experience to go and watch Ajax play and visit Sparta Rotterdam's academy and watch their coaches take our lads for a couple of training sessions. It'll be a great cultural experience that will prove beneficial for the development of our players.

"It's a country renowned for its youth systems in football and the opposition will offer different philosophies to the teams we face here in England."

Erasmus+ is an EU programme for education, training, youth and sport which aims to boost skills and employability by providing the opportunity to study, train, and gain work experience throughout Europe

UK organisations work with European partners to exchange best practice, increase staff expertise and develop the learner's skills.  

"It's something we've never done in my five years here and we're all really looking forward to it. This trip can only benefit our academy and help us move forward," Donnelly added.

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