Head of Education and Welfare Mike Hurn brings us the final Denmark update.
Denmark Diary – Day 14 Sunday 4th August, 2013
Our last day in Denmark was fairly low key – breakfast, some end of trip paperwork, packing our bags, tidying our rooms, check-out of our rooms, lunch, travel by coach to Copenhagen airport, flight from Copenhagen to Manchester, and a coach trip to Wigan to be reunited with our families after two weeks away.
It has been a fabulous experience for all involved and one that none of us will ever forget.
The only disappointing things to come out of the trip were the results in the games but each of the games was a huge learning experience in the development of these young players.
The players have shown the utmost professionalism, dedication, and discipline throughout the trip and the staff are very proud of the way in which they have approached and embraced every activity.
They have represented themselves, their families, and the Academy/club perfectly.
The link with Odense Boldklub has been excellent and we hope we can further this relationship in the future.
The staff at OB, especially Steen and Uffe, have been extremely helpful and supportive in making this trip the success it has been and we thank them enormously.
Likewise, it is worth mentioning our own staff who have been out here in Denmark – coaches John Doolan and Joe Parkinson, physio Dan Rix, kit-man Matthew Daniels.
Academy Manager Matt Jackson deserves a mention too, he has done everything he could to ensure the trip ran so smoothly and for it to be such a positive experience for the players.
Also, the staff at the club who didn’t get to Denmark – Gemma Bailey, Kim Healey, Stuart Hayton and our Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson who supported us with all the administration and logistics.
It’s been a great team effort across the board and that is what makes Wigan Athletic such a great club to be part of.
We are now all looking forward to returning home to focus on the start of the Under 18 season with the first game away to Port Vale on Saturday 10 August.
Finally, we would all like to wish Jordan Unsworth a speedy recovery from his recent operations and wish him a very big ‘get well soon’!
Until next time .....
Head of Education & Welfare