August 27, 2017

Day 8 – Saturday

England IHAAll up early for breakfast on our last day.

Breakfast and warm up.  The girls are looking really tired after a long week of intense training and games and with some of them attending GB u18 trials tomorrow we decided to cancel this mornings on ice session.

Packed up our rooms then back to the rink to pack the kit.

Lunch and then some photos overlooking the lake.

Presentations and some words about the trip and the future for the girls then off to Helsinki Airport.

Easy check in and flight left on time.

Arrived early at Heathrow to find someone had parked in our parking space so drove around the airport for 40 min trying to find a space, found one at last but as we all know it was as far from where you want to be as possible.

Parents all waiting and players handed over, goodbyes to team mates and friends and then home for the girls.

It’s been a tough week for such a young team with so many new players but everyone has improved as the week has progressed.

The spirit in the team has been good and all the girls now have a better understanding of what is required to reach the top.

The games have been really tough, Monday’s team were u18, we were competitive on Tuesday and we had good spells in both the games against Finland but at the top level, mistakes and penalties cost you goals…a lesson learnt.

In terms of development it was great to see our Finnish equivalents and work with their coaches and support staff. There is so much that we can use to improve the programme in the future.

Another great camp and it was a pleasure to work with such a good team.

Goodnight from the management for the last time.

Editorial note – a huge thank you to Tim, Paul, Lyn and all the staff for the diaries from Finland, the words and pictures gave a great sense of what was going on for everyone back home.  Congratulations to England girls on another successful camp.  Good luck to everyone this coming season with their clubs and hopefully Conference, England and Great Britain in the future.