Pre- season – In the UK or abroad?

With pre-season training for the start of the 2013-2014 football season well underway for many of the professional clubs, the Sporting Week looks at where a pre-season will take place in the new era of world football.

Recently, many big name clubs have traveled to Asia or to the USA in money spinning tours to play against dream teams or other big name clubs as football continues its development in reaching out to the world.

It offers a financial luxury and opportunity as well as hot conditions, a tight knit community and a chance to get in some hard graft away from UK media and public distractions.

It is an option that many other clubs, perhaps not so high in profile, have taken on board with teams like Huddersfield Town travelling to Spain next week for a ‘camp’ of their own.

But is it the right option? The past saw teams develop their fitness with trial games or traditional local friendlies with lower league opposition.

Wycombe Wanderers have always played against Beaconsfield SYCOB or Flackwell Heath in the past as well as a few higher league opponents, giving the community and the players a chance to shine. Should the likes of Leeds United and Manchester United thus play Guiseley or Curzon Ashton  rather than Juventus in Tokyo?

In the past, the discussion of hard work has also raised debate with QPR going away for a few days mid season, when it was reported that their sessions include only two hours in the heat.

This caused huge backlash on 606 with Robbie Savage and Mark Chapman as the general public believed that two hours running around was not hard work.

So The Sporting Week want your opinions. Should a pre-season schedule involve a trip abroad or should it be a way of bringing the community together?

The Sporting Week will discuss our findings next week.



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