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On Friday 14th April 17 students and 2 staff set off from The Academy on a journey to Gatwick airport, before catching a flight directly to Valencia to embark on a 5 day football tour that proved to be the experience of a lifetime for the students involved.

The itinerary for the trip was very full and focused on giving the students a taste of what it is like to be a professional footballer at this massive club. The lads took part in five training sessions, all of which were run by Valencia CF coaching staff. Furthermore, they were all conducted on the £11,000,000 training complex that is also used by first team stars such as Nani, Alves and Zaza.

We also saw the first team play at the sensational Mestalla stadium versus Sevilla. The atmosphere was brilliant and although the game somehow ended 0-0, it was entertaining and Valencia was unfortunate not to take all 3 points.

We played our own match whilst in Spain, again at the Valencia training complex, where we faced a team called Barrio De La Luz. Unfortunately we lost the game, but the highlights of the match were a world class save from Torrey Walker and a fine counter attacking move that was expertly finished by Oliver Webster. Both of these moments had the Valencia coaching staff on their feet and applauding!

Add to this swimming, a trip bowling, a football quiz, a visit to the Valencia CF megastore and a stadium tour and you can imagine how action packed the trip was.

We returned just before midnight on Tuesday 18th April and a truly fantastic time was had by all. It is important to add too, that the students from the academy showed a first class attitude, impeccable behaviour and respect throughout every aspect of the trip!

Let’s look forward to more of our students getting this incredible opportunity in the future.

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