Association Youth League Tour Update
Day 1 & 2
And so it begins.
Fifteen excited young lads from the combined Manly AYL u/16s and u/15 squads today farewelled their parents at SydneyAirport to begin a 10 day tour of Germany and the Czech Republic, with a highlight being the Albin Cup – a prestigious tournament being held in the town of Usti Nad Labem (an hour from Prague), involving English, Germany and Eastern European football heavyweights.
A life experience no one will forget beckons, with this latest football fiesta being brilliantly coordinated by Dusan & Dada Milosevic (and partners), with the boys being coached by newly appointed Head of Association Youth League Chris Adams, ably assisted by u/13s AYL coach Martin Garces.
A small group of Manly fanatics are also in tow – who are equally excited about the tour and sights, as they are in seeing the boys bond, embrace and navigate new football and life experiences – this may include how to maintain a footballer’s discipline whilst discovering one is now of legal drinking age during Oktoberfest in Germany!
Having seamlessly navigated 24 hours of planes, stopovers, and bus travel (as comfortably as possible), the beautiful spa town of Bad Brumbach and the Saint Royale on the German / Czech border is our home base for recovery, training and practice matches in the build up to Albim. The tyranny of distance and long haul plane travel is being quickly overcome via great rooms, town walks, a brilliant hotel buffet (that never ends notwithstanding the best efforts of the lads) and the hotel’s attached wellness and aquatic centre, which the boys have used for everything from roller sessions to pool volleyball – awesome! All of this, plus Chris’ video session for the boys each day recapping what’s happened, player and game structure will have the lads fantastically prepared for what’s to come. Be bold, be brave and don’t take a backward step is the Manly way and underpins the coaching instructions provided – watching how the boys stand up and execute this against the talent to come will be incredible to watch and an unbelievable education for all.
With this in mind, first up awaits the wonderful hospitality of Hoff FC, who have once again welcomed Manly back for an early evening match, and post game BBQ and kegs as only they can. A great test for the early tour form of both the squad and parents – bring it on!