2016 Tour to Barcelona
This year’s annual trip organised by the Economics and Business Department involved a touring party of three staff and 28 Sixth Formers going to Barcelona to play and watch some football, combined with a business itinerary. An integral part of the tour was football ‘development’ and to meet this objective we were treated to five training sessions on all aspects of the game by RSD Espanyol’s coaching staff at their exclusive Ciutat Esportiva Dani Jarque training complex, located in the Sant Adrià de Besòs district, a few miles north east of the city centre. Our time spent in Spain included tours of Barcelona’s Camp Nou Stadium and the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, where Espanyol play their home games. We played four matches against local clubs – two each for the two sides we took, and attendance of a La Liga fixture saw Barcelona thump Celta de Vigo 6-1: a game which featured an unorthodox penalty set-piece conjured up by Lionel Messi and Luis Saurez, the latter of whom ultimately converted for his hat-trick. Some free time was spent exploring the financial district of Barcelona, with coach stops at the imposing Sagrada Familia and the enchanting Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya, all in gloriously sunny weather, which stayed with us throughout the week.