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Day 1: Pre-Season Tour, Holland

Apprentices from Aldershot Town, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town jet over to Holland with LFE today to kick-start their pre-season preparations.

The Pre-Season Tour, which is designed to enhance the ASE experience, will see Apprentices take up temporary residence with Feyenoord, FC Utrecht and Vitesse Arnhem from 19th–31st July, where they will get the chance to sample a different football culture and to broaden their horizons both personally and professionally.

Funded by the Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Programme, the two-week stay will provide numerous opportunities for the young talent on this Dutch tour.

They will train with professional coaches from some of the biggest Clubs in Europe and at the host Clubs’ state-of the-art facilities. In addition, the lads will get the chance to compete on an international level in games against the Qatar U19 national team.

Dan Jolley, LFE’s Project Manager says:

“This is the second year we’ve been awarded funds for our ‘Leonardo Life Long Learning’ programme, which is very encouraging on two levels. Not only is it recognition that our objectives are strongly aligned with those of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programmes to exchange best practice between European nations, increase staff expertise and develop learners skills, but it also allows us to support young English football talent and take the work we already do as an organisation to an even greater level.”

“Some 53 of our Apprentices will be heading out to Holland this week and we’ve no doubt that they will have a really great experience getting to know the country, culture and cuisine and hopefully pick up a few useful footie tips along the way!”

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