Forty-nine Millfield football players and a team of six staff embarked on a tour of South Africa during the 2019 summer holidays to prepare for the upcoming season. For the first time in Millfield Football’s history, three teams were given the opportunity to join the tour, as opposed to the usual two, allowing for many more players from all levels to experience the high-level playing environment. The team also said goodbye to coach Eric Jones, who has worked with hundreds, if not thousands of Millfield football players during his time as a teacher at Millfield.
The first stop of the tour was a training camp in the beautiful surroundings of Stellenbosch, where the boys were put through their paces with former Millfield football’s JJ Robertson, a current professional for Stellenbosch FC. Meeting an OM who currently plays professionally was an inspiring addition to the tour.
Following the three-day training camp, the teams embarked for Cape Town via Aquila game drive. The teams played 18 matches, who were put through their paces against local and professional opposition, most noticeably Cape Town Ajax. The matches offered a great chance for development, and the players also had the incredible opportunity to experience a new culture and country.
Millfield’s continued relationship with the LEAP School in the South African township of Langa remains strong, with the teams volunteering at the school during their tour. Millfield Rugby also donated game shirts to the pupils at the LEAP School during their summer tour to South Africa.
The football players returned to the UK to the news that OM Tyrone Mings has received a call up to the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifying games, giving them even more drive to achieve all they can during their time at Millfield.
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