In December 2019, Norwich City Football Club and Eerikkilä Sport & Outdoor Resort announced details of an exclusive football camp to be held at the resort, where participants would gain first-hand experience of what it’s like to train like national team hero and City star Teemu Pukki.
Set to be coached by City legends Grant Holt and Adam Drury, the camp was unfortunately impacted due to the travel restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in City representatives now unable to travel.
Canaries legend Grant Holt said: “Myself and Adam are disappointed that we are unable to coach the girls and boys taking part in the training sessions but we know they are in great hands with the other coaches at Eerikkilä resort and will enjoy all the excellent facilities on offer.”
The coaching will now be delivered by coaches from the Eerikkilä Sport & Outdoor Resort with Holt and Drury supporting in the construction of the three-day camp.
Players who attend the camp have already had the opportunity to submit questions to Teemu Pukki, who has pre-recorded his answers and a message for players to be shown at the camp.
Ahead of the camp, Teemu Pukki wished the participants’ good luck: “I hope that everyone enjoys the camp at Eerikilla Sports & Outdoor Resort, it is a brilliant venue and everyone is lucky to train with their coaches. Have fun, and hopefully I will see you soon!”
The Eerikkilä resort, home of the Sami Hyypia Academy, is a state-of-the-art sports facility located 100km north of Finland’s capital city, Helsinki. CEO Petri Jakonen said of the upcoming camp: “It’s great that the first Norwich City FC football camp will be implemented despite this difficult year. We will responsibly do everything possible for the players to enjoy and they will have great memories of the camp. We warmly welcome all players and their parents to Eerikkilä.”
Head of Commercial Development at Norwich City Football Club, Ben Tunnell said: “We are disappointed to not be able to personally attend the club’s first football camp in Finland.
“The country has become incredibly important to the club over the past 12 months, and everyone associated with the Canaries has enjoyed being apart of Teemu and the Huuhkajat’s recent successes. It’s with hope that come the time of the European Championships we can return and show our support."