The club's U12’s are set to play Paris Saint Germain’s Academy at Camp Ooredoo – PSG’s first team training ground - at the end of May as part of a four day tour of France.
The team, who will be entering the Kent Youth League as U13’s next season, found out the news last week and preparations are already underway with training twice a week and additional fitness sessions planned.
The team’s coach, Sam Lansdale, said: “This will be a fantastic test for the team which I’m sure they will relish. We will be working hard over the coming weeks to ensure we are well prepared – the match will be played at a very high intensity so we must be organised and maintain good shape throughout.”
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want the players to enjoy every moment. We’ll be going there as underdogs but if the players can embrace that and take the game to PSG then you never know. I have fond memories of our old U18’s beating Benfica’s Academy 3-2 back in 2013 – maybe we can repeat the heroics of that night.”
“And, of course, none of this would be possible without the generosity of our sponsors: Seven46, Reposs Ltd and MPC Sevenoaks. Their continued support allows us to make these trips happen.”
The four day tour will also include a fixture against Evreux FC, one of France’s leading clubs for the development of young players. One of their most recent products is Ousmane Dembele who is attracting attention from Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Next season, the team are due to fly to Lisbon to train with and play against Sporting Lisbon’s Academy. The club has a track record of taking teams across Europe to face some of the continent’s biggest clubs, with previous teams having visited Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.
Before entering the Kent Youth League next season, the team will be holding Open Days in May and are currently looking for talented players to join their squad for next season. For more details, click here.