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Under 18S Update From Fc Hansa Rostock

The young players from the under 18 squad arrived in Germany on the 16th August 2002 to start their six weeks working with FC Hansa Rostock from the German Bundesliga.

The first week has passed and everything is going very well with the players now adjusting to life away from their parents and partners. The players are now focused on their football and are in a learning curve that will hopefully help to give them the edge over other players that are not as fortunate to be involved in such a project.

Mark Gilhaney said – “So far it has been good getting used to the varied styles of play and it has been a good experience living in a different culture but it has also been difficult adjusting to being on our own and having to be independent.”

“Since we have been here we have had eight coaching sessions and I personally believe that there is no difference in the coaching that we have been given by Billy Reid, Andy Millen or John Bean to that of the German coaches. The only difference is that the young German players have a slightly better attitude to working on their own with regards improving their weaknesses but this trip is a learning process and all of the players are aware that we need to work as hard as we can on our game to get to the highest level.”

The boys played their first match against Tasmania Berlin FC on Tuesday 27th August. Tasmania Berlin are one of the top Under 18 sides in the Region and Clyde won the game 2-1 after a very hard fought match.

Mark Gilhaney scored after 5 minutes and Christopher Zok added another with 20 minutes to go. Tasmania got a late consolation goal.

I am obviously delighted for the boys that they had a victory but I am more pleased in the manner in which they played. I know that Billy Reid and Andy Millen have worked hard with the squad getting them properly prepared for the trip, and since they have been here (I have worked with them as well) they done themselves and the club proud. It was a great footballing display with every player playing their part.

Their attitude to the game and their preparation was second to none. I feel that they have already learned a lot from the trip and we have only just arrived.

I hope that they continue to work hard and learn what they can from the German coaches and players and take it back to Scotland.

It’s my intention to keep you updated once a week, so look out for further reports here on the website.

– John Bean (Head of Youth Development)