We’re back for our Portugal tour; Summer of 2018!
If you have been following our stories on Instagram all summer, you have seen many moments captured at our summer camp. Today, however, might have looked a bit different as 15 players from the Academy have traveled to the country of the European champions, Portugal!
The journey to our JPSA Portugal tour of 2018 began yesterday, flying out of JFK for 20 of our tour participants. Landing here at 10:36AM and patiently waiting to make our way through the 50 lines of people at the passport check through, we successfully met up with the remaining tour participants and headed for our first lunch of the tour. The restaurant was called Restaurante gato PRETO and had great options for everyone to eat some things they were used to and potential to try some foods they never seen before (Blood sausage being one option). After Lunch we went for a nice walk in the outdoor area to stretch our legs before returning to the bus.
Soccer was soon to begin from here. We quickly checked in at our hotel and left for the first training session of the week at Porto do Mos Training field. At this time, the boys met our Trainer for the week Andre’, who ran a simple training session with the emphasis being technical. It was a long trip for the boys, with some batting fatigue and sickness and others a little nervous and anxious however all of the boys participated in training.
The training outline:
- Light warm-up and Stretching
- Technical boxes
- Partner exchanges with concentration on change of direction
- 1v1s to two goals with transition
The training session was good for Andre’ to see the basic technical level of the players before going into the long week of soccer ahead. We finished off the night with a dinner at the hotel a couple parent and player meetings to discuss expectations and itinerary for the next day. We have a big day ahead tomorrow with a stadium tour of U.D. Leiria and our first game against A.C. Marinhense later in the day! We will keep you posted throughout the week with photos and videos on all of our social media outlets so you can come along with us!