Accrington Stanley’s Academy players will face European opposition when they travel to The Netherlands for a pre-season trip on Monday.
The two week tour has been organised by League Football Education and the Stanley youngsters will be alongside English clubs Blackpool, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Ipswich Town and Shrewsbury Town.
The Reds will pit their skills and wits against their peers from top Dutch clubs as they continue their pre-season preparations.
The initiative – which is fully subsidised by the Erasmus+ fund to promote development and the exchange of ideas between coaches and players in both countries – will see Accrington and Blackburn travel to NAC Breda while Blackpool and Shrewsbury are hosted by Sparta Rotterdam. Meanwhile, Ipswich will be based at ADO Den Haag in The Hague.
As part of their Dutch experience the clubs will face testing fixtures against the likes of Eredivisie giants, PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord and FC Twente.
Dan Jolley, Projects Manager at LFE, said: “This initiative meets the cultural and sporting aims aligned to Erasmus+ and at the same time allows around 100 players in the English Academy system the opportunity to sample life, training and work in another European nation.
“Many of them will experience playing against continental opposition for the first time. Learning about different styles of play, coaching and tactics can only help them become better players.”