By: Hibernian Media on 04 Feb, 2020 18:17
A group of Hibernian Academy players are currently on an education and training residential on the Algarve in Portugal.
Seventeen players, largely drawn from the Under-17 team, are based at Brown’s Sports Resort at Vilamoura, an elite facility used by many professional sports teams.
The trip is funded by the Erasmus Project, with support from Hibernian FC.
Erasmus is the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, and provides learning opportunities for young people across Europe and beyond.
The Hibernian squad are supported by our former Head of Football Operations, George Craig, Academy Administrator Finlay Stark and the club’s Wellbeing and Safety Officer, Davie Flynn.
From the Academy’s Coaching and Sports Science departments are Gareth Evans, Steven Curnyn, Alix Ronaldson and Steven Noble.
Apart from an intensive coaching and training programme, the team will offer sessions and advice to the pupils at the local Vilamoura International school, and play against local opposition, Portimonense SC.
They will also visit the Loulé stadium in Faro and take in a league match.
There will be opportunities to learn about local history and culture in an area which has been transposed in the last 50 years from a coastline of fishing villages and farms to an international tourist centre.
Education and Welfare Officer, Seán McPartlin, said: “We were delighted to submit a successful application for this wonderful opportunity for the players.
“The Hibernian Training Centre prides itself on being a place of learning – not just for football skills but in personal and academic development.
“This trip will give the youngsters an understanding of the local region and its history, as well as an invaluable experience of warm weather coaching and training over a twelve-day period, and an insight into a different football culture.
“They can’t help but benefit from every aspect of the trip. It’s also important to continue Hibernian’s long tradition of links with Europe and to fly the flag for the club, our Academy, and Scottish Youth football overseas. We are very happy to work alongside the EU’s Erasmus Programme in making this possible.”