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Swedish students visit the QPR Academy
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Author:  Swedish R [ Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:12 am ]
Post subject:  Swedish students visit the QPR Academy

A couple of weeks ago a Swedish local paper published an article about a group of high school students that had visited the QPR Academy.

After the nine compulsory years of elementary school, which start at the age of even, there are three years of high school, meaning that the students in grade 3 turn 19 this year. High school studies can be combined with various sports and this is of course popular. The schools run the educations, but work closely with local sports clubs. The main objective though is that the students should represent their local clubs and not the club that the school co-operates with.

As the article is in Swedish, here's a shortened translation:

Grade 3 students from the football high school in Skövde make a trip abroad each year to visit a professional club in Europe. This year a trip to London and second tier club Queens Park Rangers was made. 22 students, 15 boys and seven girls visited the club for four days. On the Friday the boys visited the QPR Academy whilst the girls trained with the QPR Girl's Academy. On The Saturday QPR faced Middlesbrough in the Championship and the students were involved in pre-match activities together with players from the QPR youth teams. Middlesbrough won the game 3-0.

On the last day of the visit the boys faced a QPR Academy team. The girls assignment was to coach the boys during the match, which QPR won 2-1.

'Our players were struggling at first, but worked their way into the match and did it really well in the second half', says teacher Gudmundur Magnusson.

Before and after the activities the students prepared and then analyzed similarities in and differences between English and Swedish football culture.

'We will continue to follow up on our experiences at home. For instance our match against the Academy was recorded for us and we will analyze it further.'

'A fantastic and interesting visit for both players and teachers. We are very grateful to QPR, who invited us into their operations.'

'The football high school in Skövde is a popular education and around 90 new students have applied for the 19 open places after the summer.'

'This is the second year in a row that we have had this many applicants. A lot of students love their football and are motivated to combine football and studying', says Magnusson.

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