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27 July 2013

Matt Jackson reports back from the youth team tour.

Preparations continued yesterday for Latics' first pre-season game in Denmark which takes place today against Silkeborg.

The five second year scholars in the group; Jordan Flores, Ellis Gibbons, Christian Mather, Danny Leigh & Matty Hamilton went by train in the afternoon to Herning where they visited the children's ward of the local hospital.

As well as giving out sweets and toys to the children and chocolates to the nurses, the group spent some time with a very brave seven-year-old boy Jakob and his family (pictured).

The evening was spent with a showcase of the players Danish language skills.

All of the players recorded "Hello my name is ..... and I am ..... years old. I am really enjoying my stay" in Danish in front of the group.

They had had two days to learn and perfect their language and diction but it's fair to say that the peer group pressure and that of the camera led to mixed results.

The second diary entry from the trip is from Dieu Foukamene and Omar Carey:

"Our day began at 8:30 with a breakfast of cereal and apple juice, we then had some free time before training began at 10am.

There are good leisure facilities at the centre so we can swim, play pool and table tennis when we have some time to ourselves.

Training was mostly preparation for the game and concentrated on team shape and patterns of play.

It will be good to finally play a game as the first two weeks of training are always tough physically and we have been tired with sore legs a lot.

We were able to rest a bit in the early afternoon while some players went to visit a local hospital.

Dan Rix, our physio, then took the whole group for yoga to stretch our muscles and make sure we are recovered and ready for tomorrow. 

After dinner tonight we have to speak some Danish while being recorded on camera. It will probably be funny but is not something we are looking forward to."

The next entry will be from Lloyd Bannister & Liam Lambert (both first year scholars).

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