Scholars Nathan Wolland and Harry Waterhouse give us an insight into day three of their pre-season tour to Holland….

Today was our third day in Holland and we started the day with breakfast before heading for a team meeting. The meeting was in preparation for the game against Blackburn Rovers later that day. The lads were all looking forward to the first game of the tour, “today is an exciting day, all the lads are excited and can’t wait to play” Jack Burgess, first year scholar.

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ASFC U18s & staff ahead of the Blackburn fixture

The game helped the lads get some much needed minutes under their belts in preparation for three friendly games we will be playing out here and before the new season. Blackburn Rovers had a much larger squad than ours and could field an almost completely changed team for the second half. Once our boys tired, goals were conceded. However, it was a good opportunity for fitness and learn what we need to work on together as we are a new squad of players.

“The game was disappointing in terms of results but we take the positives of fitness and look to improve, as we always do” said Jack Burgess following the game.

The team got back to the hotel for lunch. Once again there was a variety and the food was divine which lifted spirits somewhat. After lunch, we headed to the wartime museum where we were treated to a guided tour. The museum tour featured collections of World War 1 and World War 2 transportation and weapons, as well as a section on the persecution of Jewish and minority people.

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Scholars and staff enjoy their visit to the war museum

“I thought the tour was really interesting and showed the devastation war can cause” Harry Waterhouse

“The tour was great and taught me many things I didn’t know before”- Niall Watson

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Scholars at War Museum tour

We then arrived back at the hotel for another quality meal before meeting to complete a section in our LFE work booklets on our visit to the museum. The lads enjoyed a bit of free time before heading to bed following the busy day.