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Development Centre Camp

5 June 2015

Two day session to finish the season; open trials coming up.

Colchester United's Development Centre came together for a two day training camp at the end of May to bring the season to close.

On the 28th and 29th of May, the U's Football in the Community team welcomed over 130 players in attendance from the U7s age group up to U16s.

The players trained in their squads on the Thursday, with the coaches putting on various sessions to prepare the players to play in the fixtures against Ipswich on the Friday.

Football in the Community's Adam Hampson said: "This was a great opportunity for the coaches to assess the players ability to transfer our work from training into games, whilst also giving the players a challenging match play experience to aid their development."

And reflecting on the U15s/U16s performance against their Tractor Boy counterparts, Karl Andrade added: "At this age group we were totally dominant in all four periods. The boys moved the ball really well and reached the final third of the pitch with ease as result of their sharp passing and fluidity in possession. 

"What was most impressive was the players' attitude and application during each of the periods even when the game was beyond Ipswich in terms of the score. 

"An area for improvement was our last pass in the final third - there were a number of occasions when we worked the ball into the final third really well but our final pass was over/under hit or our first touch wasn’t quite as assured as it needed to be to get the shot away."

The Development Centre players will return in July - and the Football in the Community team will be having open trials for any interested players.

To download our trials application form, click HERE.

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