The Sportschule Bitburg proved to be a popular venue for KAS Eupen this summer. Following a visit by the professional players, five teams from the youth department, from U13 to U18, also held two training camps in the Eifel sports complex. The players from the U13, U14 and U15 teams concluded their training camp in the second week of August. 60 players and 12 supervisors from the three teams in this age group stayed in Bitburg for four days. They made use of the excellent facilities of the Sportschule Bitburg to complete two training sessions, a theory lesson and other activities every day. During their stay, KAS Eupen played two test matches against Eintracht Frankfurt’s youngsters.
Giuseppe Cippola, coach of the U14 team, drew some real positives from the training camp: “We are very fortunate that KAS Eupen has offered us this opportunity to prepare for the season. Even for clubs in the first division, this is not automatic,” emphasised Cippola. The youth coach pointed out that the teams were formed at the beginning of the season and that the training camp was very useful for team development: “The players, who come from our youth department as well as from other clubs, get to know each other and the coaches and supervisors of the new team. As a coach, it is always interesting to have two training sessions a day. This allows us to impart the standardised playing system of our youth department to our youth players in a very targeted way. All this took place in Bitburg accompanied by good weather and a pleasant atmosphere. So we were able to lay the foundation for what is hopefully a good season.”
“We can look back on a very good, intensive preparation phase,” said Nicolas Collubry, sports director of the U8 to U15 teams of KAS Eupen, upon his return from Bitburg. “The sports school improves its offer from year to year and has provided us with a very playable pitch despite the hot, dry weather. These were ideal conditions for our young players and their coaches to get to know each other better on the pitch and in their free time, to develop as a team and to feel almost like professionals for a couple of days where everything revolved around football. It was certainly an interesting and important experience,” said Collubry.