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Hectic Summer Schedule For Young Foxes

Leicester City’s Development Squad and Academy sides will participate in a host of exciting pre-season competitions at home and abroad this summer.

- Young stars on the books at Leicester City will enjoy a thrilling schedule of pre-season fixtures across the continent this summer
- The Development Squad have a host of domestic pre-season friendlies to play as well as a trip to France for the Tournoi European
- City’s Academy side will participate in the prestigious Generali Cee Cup, commencing on Thursday 20 July in Prague, Czech Republic  
- Academy Manager Ian Cawley says the summer gives the Club's young talent a 'tremendous opportunity' to shine in the City shirt 

On Wednesday 19 July, a 22-man squad of Under-19s departed for Prague, Czech Republic for the Generali Cee Cup, one of the largest youth tournaments in central and eastern Europe.

The young Foxes defeated Slovakians FC Nitra 1-0 in Group C on Thursday 20 July and will face Bosnian side FK Sarajevo on Saturday 22 July (2:15pm kick-off) for a place in the semi-finals.

When the City contingent, managed by Trevor Peake, return a week later, it will then be the turn of Steve Beaglehole’s Development Squad to represent the Club in France at the Tournoi European Des Centres.

In Group A, City will take on both SM Caen and Standard de Liege on Friday 28 July in matches lasting 50 minutes at the Centre-Technique Bretagne in Ploufragan, northern France.

City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens
City win the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens

Hamza Choudhury lifts the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens trophy in Hong Kong.

The following morning, Beaglehole’s men will contest their final group fixture against Stade Brestois.

Pools will then split into knockout rounds, where Leicester could be drawn against Paris Saint-Germain or English counterparts Tottenham Hotspur.

Past players to have featured at the competition include Yacine Brahimi and City’s own Riyad Mahrez.

While the older group take to the field in France, the Club’s Under-18s will travel north for the Tri-Series challenge at Manchester United’s former training ground, The Cliff.

Peake’s side will come up against Tottenham, Nottingham Forest and United in the one-day contest before locking horns with Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool U18s in an away friendly on Saturday 5 August.

Academy Manager Ian Cawley said: "This summer is another tremendous opportunity for the Club’s young talent to continue their development on the international stage.

"Over past seasons, many have progressed at a good pace, in part thanks to the tournament experience they have gained on the continent.

"The players, many of whom have been with the Club since a young age, will be able to test their abilities against players from different backgrounds which can only stand them in good stead in their ambition to become established professional footballers over the coming years.

"The opportunity to play competitive football against strong opposition before the new season will prepare them well for the rigours which the domestic campaign will have in store for them and everyone at the Club’s Academy wishes them the very best of luck this summer."

Development Squad fixtures:

Jersey 1-2 City
Tuesday 11 July
Pre-season friendly
Springfield Stadium
Goals: Muskwe, Trialist

Leamington 3-1 City
Friday 14 July
Pre-season friendly
The New Windmill Ground
Goal: Trialist

City 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Wednesday 19 July 
Pre-season friendly
Belvoir Drive (behind closed doors)
Goals: Watts x2, Gordon

Nuneaton Town 3-3 City
Saturday 22 July 
Pre-season friendly
Liberty Way
Goals: Gordon, Eppiah, Hughes

SM Caen vs. City
Friday 28 July (9am BST kick-off)
Tournoi European
Centre-Technique Bretagne, Ploufragan

Standard de Liege vs. City
Friday 28 July (5:30pm BST kick-off)
Tournoi European
Centre-Technique Bretagne, Ploufragan

Stade Brestois vs. City
Saturday 29 July (11:20am BST kick-off)
Tournoi European
Centre-Technique Bretagne, Brittany

City vs. The New Saints
Wednesday 2 August (12pm kick-off)
Pre-season friendly
Belvoir Drive (behind closed doors)

City vs. Nottingham Forest
Monday 7 August (1pm kick-off)
Pre-season friendly
Belvoir Drive (behind closed doors)

New season starts
Monday 14 August

Academy fixtures:

City 7-1 Oadby Town
Friday 14 July
Pre-season trialist friendly
Belvoir Drive (behind closed doors)

FC Nitra 0-1 City
Thursday 20 July 
Generali Cee Cup
Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague
Goal: Heaven

FK Sarajevo 2-0 City
Saturday 22 July 
Generali Cee Cup
Stadion Evžena Rošického, Prague

Akademija Pandev 1-3 City
Tuesday 25 July
Generali Cee Cup
Stadion A.F.K. Spartak Kbely
Goals: Trialist, Trialist, Fielding

Tri-Series Challenge
Saturday 29 July
Pre-season tournament 
The Cliff, Manchester

Liverpool vs. City
Saturday 5 August
Pre-season friendly
Melwood Training Facility

New season starts
Saturday 12 August

You can follow the progress of all of Leicester City’s youth sides this summer right here on LCFC.com ahead of the new 2017/18 campaign.

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