Saints U20s return from two week camp thanks to Erasmus+

Thursday 26th January

The Under 20 team and some of the boys from the Saints Academy Under 17s recently returned from a two week training camp in Portugal.

The boys along with a small number of backroom staff put in some hard work on the training field and gym over the two weeks as well as playing two matches against local sides, taking in a Portuguese First Division match and enjoying a couple of cultural visits to broaden their horizons.

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The trip to Portugal for the team was made possible thanks to Erasmus+ funding. Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing £12 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020. In the UK, the programme is managed by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. For more information about funding opportunities visit www.erasmusplus.org.uk, or use the hashtag #epluspeople to see what other projects are doing across the UK.

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Under 20 coach Alex Cleland said: “It was a very useful experience for them all but especially for the Under 17 lads who got a taste of what fulltime training is all about – these are the lads who we will be looking to pick from when it comes to bringing on new blood next season.

“The trip wouldn’t have been feasible without Erasmus funding and the benefits to the boys and the club from this initiative have been invaluable”

Following the trip, the club was delighted to receive the following email comments from a gentleman in England: “I travelled back from Faro to London on a BA flight last Thursday and you had a number of youngsters on that flight. I just wanted to say how well behaved your young men and women were! Absolutely top class.

“One reads such a lot of bad press about footballers and the football game, so it's always a great pleasure to witness the good side of the game. Well done St Johnstone Football Club!”