The Women’s Under 16 National Squad had a unique opportunity to visit Oliva, Spain for a two week training camp.
October Training Camp
The young squad, led by the newly appointed Women's Senior Manager, Jayne Ludlow, worked tirelessly for two weeks in an intense training camp. The majority of the squad consisted of 1999 year of birth (YOB) players, some 2000 YOB players and one player, Alice Griffiths, of 2001 (YOB).
The squad met up on 18th October before flying out to the warmer climate of Spain for an intense two week long training camp. The squad trained twice a day at the onsite football pitches along with regular recovery days, led by physiotherapist, Harriet Scott.
Goalkeepers Rebecca Elliott & Aimee Watson being put through their paces by GK Coach, Jon Horton.
During the course of the week, the squad were tested by local side Alicante U16s. The late afternoon kick off saw a very well drilled Alicante team pass the ball well before an early goal saw them take the lead. They continued to pile on the pressure with another goal in the first half before a weaving run from left winger, Evie Gane, clawed a goal back for Wales in the second half.
Our second scheduled game against Valencia was cancelled on the morning of the fixture unfortunately, so we were unable to source an alternative.
Whilst on camp the girls were tested both on and off the field, with team & group meetings.
Educational sessions covered nutrition, recovery, strength & conditioning in addition to the agreed schooling lessons.
The players worked extremely hard for the two weeks and will hopefully set the potential future stars of Wales on the right training path at a young age. Feedback from players and parents has been fantastic, one parent saying
Looking ahead, the 1999 YOB girls will move on to the older age group in the New Year, and January will see the first camp for the new Under 15 age group, for girls born in the year 2000.