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A really worthwhile trip

14 August 2016

Rovers' Head of Academy Eric Kinder felt the club's pre-season trip to Holland was a really worthwhile exercise.

The Under-18s have spent the past fortnight in the Netherlands, as part of an education programme organised by League Football Education.

The initiative - fully subsidised by the Erasmus+ fund - is to promote development and the exchange of ideas between coaches and players in both countries, and designed to broaden personal and professional horizons via a range of cultural activities.

Rovers played four matches whilst on the continent. Starting with a warm-up match against Accrington Stanley, before facing Dutch sides Feyenoord, Vitesse Arnhem and NAC Breda.

"We have been delighted with the way the trip has gone," said Kinder.

"We have been well treated, we've been impressed with the facilities, and the people who we have met at each club have been more than generous with their time.

"It has been a hard couple of weeks, there was a lot of travelling, a lot of coach journeys involved, and we played four games over the 14 days. It is what the lads have to do if they want to become a pro.

"It has done the staff the world of good as well, we've had different training sessions from different people, it has all been very worthwhile.

"We took a young squad over, with the games against Under-19 sides, but all of the games have been very good."

Having returned to the UK late Saturday night, the young Rovers have little time to recuperate from their travels as they start their Premier League U18 campaign away to Liverpool on Monday.

Kinder added: "There's a quick turnaround, we play one of the best Academy sides on Monday. We'll just have to get on with it, we'll see what the lads are made of."

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