The Dyldam Parramatta Eels will kick off their 2015 pre-season next week with a trip to USA and the home of the current Super Bowl champions, the Seattle Seahawks.
Eels players will spend eight days in Seattle training, visiting the Seahawks’ NFL facilities and the University of Washington and its successful football side, the Huskies.
The trip will include attending the Seattle Seahawks v New York Giants NFL game at CenturyLink Field, and watching the Huskies take on UCLA in football and Saint Martin’s University in basketball.
“The Seahawks have one of the greatest training facilities in the NFL, and to be able to spend some time there as a team will be a fantastic start to our pre-season as we get ready for 2015,” Eels Head Coach Brad Arthur said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how they operate, and I’m sure we will get a lot of value out of the trip.”
The Eels players will be put through state-of-the-art training, including upper body strength and power testing, anaerobic testing and maximal aerobic speed tests.
In addition, the Eels’ executive team and staff will visit Seattle’s Major League Baseball team, the Mariners, and the Major League Soccer team, the Sounders, and meet with a number of Seattle-based companies, including Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing.
“Not only is this trip a great opportunity to see how these elite clubs train and operate, it will also be a great way for our players to bond before coming home and continuing their pre-season training,” Eels CEO Scott Seward said.
“We’re looking forward to experiencing the club culture at the Seahawks, Huskies, Sounders and Mariners and we hope to be able to bring plenty of learnings back home with us.”
Players and staff will leave for Seattle on Monday November 3 and return to Parramatta on Wednesday, November 12.