On Wednesday 3 May, eleven children from Years 5 to 10 flew to Spain to take part in a variety of footballing activities at the Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou. The children landed late that night at Barcelona El-Prat airport and were transferred by bus to the amazing Cambrils Park Resort.
On the first morning, the boys were up early in preparation for their first time at Futbol Salou, where they played a five-a-side game in the morning and allowed themselves to become accustomed to the fantastic facilities. After lunch, the boys spent a couple of hours back at the resort by relaxing at the swimming pool. That evening, the children made the short trip back to Complex Esportiu Futbol Salou for their game against Santes Creus. During the game, everyone worked very hard and did well to win 4-2 against a very well organised team. Mohammed Abdullatif Al Mohannadi 9N scored all four goals with Ahnaful Hoque 9N making some amazing saves in goal to ensure the win.
The following morning, the children took part in their first training session with Trans World Sport. During this session, they practised warming up and preparing for a game, before practising their shooting skills against each other in numerous drills. Once they were fully warmed up, the children had a friendly game against one another. Soon, it was time to return back to the resort for lunch. In the afternoon, the children had a brief visit to the local beach before spending the rest of the afternoon hiring bicycles and swimming again in the pools.
Saturday was the first masterclass for the children where they were taught by a Catalan coach who had previously trained many professional and talented players. The coach was superb and worked through exercises to create the perfect movement and pass for a game. They then moved onto a shooting and tackling exercise which required them to work together as a team. Later that evening, the boys travelled by bus to the famous Nou Camp to watch Barcelona beat Villarreal 4-1. They were fortunate enough to see Messi, Suarez and Neymar score their 100th goals this season! The game was entertaining from the very first minute, and the stadium itself provided the children with great photo opportunities.
On Sunday, the children took part in their second and final master coach session with the Catalan FA. There, they practised what they had learned in the previous session about making angles for the perfect pass and keeping the ball. They then practised the art of turning defence into attack like Barcelona, before playing a game amongst themselves. The afternoon was one of rest, which allowed the children time to swim and to hire bicycles and cycle around the resort, as they would have an early start for their final day of the trip.
The sixth and last day of the trip saw the children up bright and early, packed and on a bus back to the Nou Camp. The children spent over an hour and a half looking around the amazing stadium and were fortunate to see the incredible facilities, such as the manager’s dugouts, players’ changing rooms, and they walked alongside the pitch itself. The tour was very informative and told the story of Barcelona as a football club and displayed their numerous trophies including all 5 of their Champions League trophies. Some of the boys even posed for photographs with the famous trophy itself! After walking around the stadium, the children were then led into the megastore where they could buy souvenirs to remember this fantastic trip. On the way back to the airport, we then stopped by the Magic Fountains at the very top. The views of the city were mesmerising! This was a great end to a truly fantastic trip and one we hope the children will always remember!