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Birmingham City announce partnership with Spanish outfit

Birmingham City announce partnership with Spanish outfit

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Birmingham City have announced a partnership with UE Cornella that will see young players given training and loan opportunities with the Spanish outfit.

The initiative, instigated by Blues’ chief executive Xuandong Ren, will also facilitate pre-season trips and give the club’s development coaches exposure to Spanish methods.

Indeed Blues’ senior professional development coach Richard Beale has taken four promising youngsters out to the Catalan side until Thursday.

Under 23s Remeao Hutton and Charlie Lakin will train with the Cornella first team, whilst academy prospects Connor Stanley and Remi Walker will gain experience with their U18s.

Blues’ academy manager Kristjaan Speakman welcomed the initiative.

“We initially launched an idea about giving players some exposure in a foreign environment to aid their development. We sent three boys to Freiburg in Germany last year,” he told bcfc.com.

“Subsequently, the new chief executive has been keen for us to forge further links and started discussions about a partnership with Cornella, in Barcelona.

“This trip is an extension of what we did last year with Freiburg and is also the first stage of us developing that partnership, for this season.

Birmingham City academy manager Kristjaan Speakman

“We are going to be doing two of these exchanges whereby we will be sending players over to train with their groups.

“When we send groups over to play foreign teams they invariably stay together, they get some exposure to foreign influence and the intricacies of the foreign environment.

“There’s the challenge of the language, the climate, the style of football, style of coaching, maybe the structure of how they set up their sessions and when they occur in the daytime.

“That’s really unique. It was a fantastic thing last season and it’s obviously something we want to continue.”

The partnership with Cornella, who play in the Segunda Division B, the third tier in Spain, has been driven by Blues CEO Xuandong Ren.

Speakman continued. “Remeao and Charlie will train with their first team group on Monday and Tuesday and Connor and Remi have the opportunity to train with their Under 18 squad.

“The great thing about this trip, too, is that we get the chance to watch Cornella’s first team on Wednesday night, so we start to gain a bit more of an understanding of and the education around Spanish football.

“The owners have been really forward-thinking. Not just in terms of developing our stuff back at the training ground and in the UK, but they are really keen to provide the players with different educational trips, whether that be football or non-football or a combination of both.


“We have already had a 14s group go out to China earlier in the season and this project with Cornella we are putting together has been instigated by Dong, who is very keen for it to be something the club participates in.

“It is only going to be a fantastic resource for the players’ development going forward the tighter we can get that relationship, and in other areas as well.”




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