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U18s Holland diary - day five

Posted: Mon 04 Aug 2014
Author: Jeremy Poulson
Image by: Oliver Leaper

The fifth day in Holland saw the U18s getting ready for their friendly match against PSV Eindhoven.

With preparations well underway for the second tour fixture against PSV Eindhoven on Saturday, the day began with a team meeting where the starting line-up was announced and the squad was told what was required of them in the build-up to the game.

The nine non-starting players then attended a gym session in the Carlton Hotel, which involved a variety of weightlifting exercises over 30 minutes. This was followed by a training session at 10.30 for the whole squad, which was split into three different groups to work on position specific drills. The groups were taken by academy manager Kristjaan Speakman and coaches Steve Spooner and Gareth Holmes.

The players then came back together to do a two-team game related practice, where the coaches were also able to provide more technical feedback.

After lunch, the groups' team activity was a bike tour of the local area close to the hotel in Mierlo. The route took them through some really scenic villages and countryside. They also stopped off at the castle in Hazzer (pictured), before settingoff back to the hotel.

In the evening, the second team activity of the day was a quiz where the group were split into four teams, with goalkeeper Jake Weaver captaining his side to victory.T

Blues U18s captain Dom Bernard said: "It was an important day, ahead of our big game versus PSV Eindhoven. The non-starting starting team had to do gym which involved different weightlifting exercises, whereas some of the other players had time to chill, this was ideal.

“The day started with a structured training session, which we split up into our positions specific exercise, I feel that this will help us get use to working and reading of each other better. The team then had a great time going on the bike ride, where we got to explore the area we were staying in a bit more which was interesting. The evening was a nice chilled vibe and all the players had a great laugh participating in the quiz night. Some teams struggled but others really knew their stuff!"

You can keep track of Blues U18s’ pre-season exploits by following them on Twitter @bcfcacademy, where you’ll find all the latest news and pictures of the tour. Also @LFEonline are following the tour of all four English clubs over in Holland –Sheffield United, Bradford City and Portsmouth, as well as Blues.

To read Jeremy's review of day one, click here, day two here, day three, including a report of the team's win over Willem II, here and day four here.
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