Newcastle United have confirmed this morning that Steve Bruce and the squad are heading to York today to train at the multi-million pound Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus.
The club have also revealed our latest pre-season friendly in preparation for the new 2020/21 season starting on September 12th, with us set to face League One side Crewe Alexandra next Tuesday (25th August) in our first game back.
Here’s the club’s reported pre-season schedule as things stand:
- Week-long training camp in York (Wednesday, 19th August)
- Crewe Alexandra (Tuesday, 25th August – 2pm – York)
- Barnsley (Saturday, 29th August – 2pm – Benton)
- Stoke City (Saturday, 5th September)
The final friendly on that list against Championship side Stoke is yet to be officially confirmed, however the Stoke Senitel seem to think that friendly is all set to take place the weekend before the new season kicks off.
Here’s the club’s announcement via NUFC.co.uk ahead of the players return to training:
Newcastle United will prepare for the 2020/21 Premier League season with a week-long training camp at a multi-million pound complex in the Yorkshire countryside this month.
The Magpies head to Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus near York, on Wednesday, having undergone Covid-19 testing at their Benton base earlier in the week.
Steve Bruce’s squad will make use of the purpose-built sports facilities on-site – the result of a £30m redevelopment in 2016 – as well as taking on Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday, 25th August in what will be their first pre-season friendly of the summer.
Kick-off will be at 2pm (BST). Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic and the Government guidelines around it, spectators will not be able to attend the match, and will not be permitted access to the training camp.
Founded in 1912, Queen Ethelburga’s is a prestigious independent day and boarding school set in more than 220 acres of country park. Its state-of-the-art Sports Village includes top class full-size grass and artificial football pitches, a 25-metre swimming pool, four-lane running track and a modern and spacious fitness suite, as well as smaller-sized football pitches and cricket and rugby fields. A dedicated Sports Science and Treatment Centre houses equipment ranging from underwater treadmills to cryotherapy cold spa baths, to help with rehabilitation and post-training recovery.
As well as offering Bruce and his players everything they could need to get their pre-season preparations under way, the campus activity centre also features an eight-metre climbing wall, an assault course, BMX track and additional tennis courts.
So, a week in York and friendlies against a League One side and two Championship outfits to come?
Let’s hope a new signing or two has arrived before next week’s first game back!