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Tuesday, 04 September 2012 14:42

Drumchapel's dream Danish adventure

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drum2001Author: Andrew Gill

Every summer teams from all over Scotland travel across Europe, visiting places like Sweden and Spain to see how the game is played outside our tiny nation.

Drumchapel United were desperate to be one of these teams despite their lack of financial backing. After months of hard work and dedication from players, parents and coaches alike, on the 25th of July the youngsters took off for Fredensborg, Denmark for a five day training camp at local amateur side Fredensborg BI’s outstanding training facilities.

Drumchapel coach David Smith brought in Hans Hansen, the Danish director of Coerver Coaching as well as Mohamed, technical coach at Danish champions FC Nordsjaelland to deliver expert tuition to the young players at Fredensborg.

They then played two extremely competitive friendly matches with the local club, receiving great feedback from the elite coaches as well as their friendly Fredensborg hosts. Fredensborg’s youth team plays in the second highest league in Denmark, and the Drumchapel lads were told they were more than capable of holding their own at that level.

The Drumchapel squad was even invited to watch FC Nordsjaelland train on their new synthetic surface (pictured, right) as they prepared for the Champions League group stage.

A trip to the capital Copenhagen was next on the cards, with a trip to the Parken Stadium to watch FC Kobenhavn take on Aalborg in the Danish Superliga.

David Smith described the trip as more than ‘an experience of a lifetime’ and the memories will live with the players forever.

drum20012‘Fredensborg BI’s facilities were simply different class, particularly for an amateur side - most SPL sides would envy these facilities. Having a local council funded facility as good as Murray Park or Celtic’s Lennoxtown training centre is great and the team loved it.

‘The skills gained from the 5 days of training were more than they would have gained in a month with such great coaches working alongside us.

‘The hospitality we received from everyone in Denmark was magnificent – we were made to feel welcome by every person and club we dealt with. FC Nordsjaelland even let the kids get pictured with the Danish Superliga trophy, and the squad talked to the players about life in the Superliga. American defender Michael Parkhurst was brilliant. He spoke to the players for ages, asking them if they were enjoying Denmark and football back in Scotland. He also made it clear to them that if they put the work in there was nothing stopping them from achieving what he had done.’

Drumchapel’s time in Denmark sounded like a truly remarkable adverture, leaving a group of talented young players inspired with memories they will treasure forever.
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