This year’s Erasmus+ funded LFE trip to the Netherlands has come to a close for Academy players and staff of Birmingham City, Crewe Alexandra, Grimsby Town, Leeds United, Newport County, Portsmouth, Rochdale and Sheffield United.
Academy squads of Bolton Wanderers, Bury, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Morecambe and Norwich City will kick-start their seasons this weekend after completing a two-week trip to Spain, organised by LFE and funded by Erasmus+.
Fourteen EFL academies played their final matches of this year’s LFE trips. In Spain, three sides were protecting unbeaten records, while in the Netherlands, two teams participated in the Volendam Tournament and four took part in the SP Lochem U19 Tournament.
The fourteen academy teams out in Spain and the Netherlands were back in match action for their second round of fixtures, with seven of our English Football League clubs bidding to maintain their 100% records.
League Football Education continues to provide past Apprentices with the opportunity to earn a route back into full-time football through the Erasmus+ Player Placement programme, which sends players out to Sweden for three months.
We began our pre-season trip fixtures in Holland with a game against FC Dordrecht. Town scored early on in the game through Rumarn Burrell rounding the keeper and slotting it in from a very tight angle. The team continued to push on straight after scoring, creating a few chances down the wide areas of the pitch, with crosses being delivered by Tom Jamieson and Joe Starbuck.
After almost a week of training, the fourteen clubs on this year’s LFE pre-season trip in Spain and the Netherlands competed in their first matches against European opposition. Here’s the results from Matchday 1: