Pools’ Youth Team are among Academy players from eight English clubs who have set out for Holland this morning to take part in a tour organised by League Football Education.
Around 100 young players from Pools, Barnsley, Burton Albion, Coventry City, Exeter City, Fleetwood Town, Scunthorpe United and Wigan Athletic will hone their skills in Holland over the next 12 days.
The initiative – which is fully subsidised by Erasmus+ fund to promote development and the exchange of ideas between coaches and players in both countries – will see the Pools squad based in the Northern Dutch town of Volendam.
Whilst in the Netherlands, Pools will play three matches against Dutch opposition but also take part in a range of cultural activities, including a visit to the Overloon War Museum and a trip to Amsterdam.
Dan Jolley, Projects Manager at LFE, said: “This initiative meets the cultural and sporting aims aligned to Erasmus+ and at the same time allows around 100 players in the English Academy system the opportunity to sample life, training and work in another European nation.
“Many of them will experience playing against continental opposition for the first time. Learning about different styles of play, coaching and tactics can only help them become better players.”
We’ll have updates from the Pools camp in Holland throughout the next 12 days so keep an eye out here on the Official Website and on our social media channels.