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Football Tour to Valencia

During the half-term break a party of 49 students and five staff departed from the school in the middle of the night for a football development tour in Valencia.

The touring party enjoyed fantastic weather and training facilities in Valencia where five coaching sessions improved their overall game and helped them to compete against some talented local clubs. Eight games were played in total, with three won, three lost and two drawn. From these games, ‘Man of the Match’ awards went to: Matt Leatherdale, Joe Woolley, Sam Dibble, Anand Dosanjh, Oscar Tuvey, Dan Kingman, Diggory Lynch and James Farrelly

A further award went to Charlie Curtis for the ‘Goal of the Tour’: a thumping shot from twenty five yards into the top corner of the net.

Highlights of the trip included a tour of Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium and a visit, in the middle of a thunder storm to the Camp Nou for Barcelona’s Champions League game against Olympiakos. The trip proved to be a great success, despite some re-arranged logistics after the collapse of Monarch airline, and contrasted nicely with the chaos of Friday night football on the astro.