23 Feb 2017
Tour Summary

11th – 15th Feb 2017 – Football Tour to Valencia

Day 1- Welcome to Valencia! Early start, Training, Goals and Paella

After a very early start the KGS tour got underway on a cold February morning at Gatwick. Once all 29 students and 4 staff safely aboard we arrived in Valencia. We were met by Nacho our tour rep who led us to our coach as we took the short journey to the hotel. Once at the hotel the students were put into their groups and shown to their rooms. Lunch was a trip to the supermarket as the groups worked together on the shopping budget task to create a fine spread of food. After lunch it was time to get changed and make the short walk to Valencia's training ground where we were met by 2 Valencia Coaches who put us through our paces on the excellent pitche. With training over, it was time to get warm clothes on for the second division match between Valencia B and Villareal B. In a close first half there was nothing between the teams except a breakaway goal for the home team. The second half lived up to expection with 2 substitutes scoring 2 goals each, a red card and plenty of action. The match finished 3-2 to Valencia and we headed back to the hotel for a lovely meal and an early night after an exciting but long day.

Day 2 Match Day! Valencia and Levante Futsal

The day started off with a pre match breakfast and short walk to our first match. The U13/14 combined team faced a local league side in what turned out to be a very close game. Despite the 1-1 score line there were plenty of opportunities for both sides as we rotated our players and positions. A great finish by Zac ensured we went into the half time break 1-0 up. In the second half our opposition came back into the match and equalised, despite plenty of pressure and chances going forward and great saves by Sidney. The match finished 1-1. After a quick break the U15's took to another pitch in the now sun drenched Valencia FC complex and came across a strong opposition but were 1-0 up at half time. The second half was a lot more exciting and a few defensive errors gave the team easy goals. Rob scored his second and nearly secured a hatrick but it wasn't enough as the U15's lost. After a quick lunch we went to watch Levante futsal players train, Levante play in the top league in Spain and boasted a new Brazilian World Cup winner. The boys all met the players with a few speaking in Spanish! Afterwards the boys had a stroll round Valencia before returning home for the evening meal.

Day 3- Photo shoots, Mestalla and a night out at Heron City

Another action packed day on the tour as the boys had their training session with the Valencia Coaches in the morning then in the afternoon a trip to Valencia city centre and the legendary Mestalla stadium! Home of Valancia we had a look behind the scenes, club shop and even had a quick press conference. The evening entertainment was at Heron City where we had a lovely meal out in a restaurant followed by a game of bowling. It would appear that bowling was a new experience for many of the boys as Nacho the tour rep and Birthday Boy Mr Hall easily outscored the rest. A special mention to Ahmed and Andrei for scoring over a 100!

Day 4- European Night Game!

It was time to do get back to the training ground in the morning. A lighter session with the Valencia coaches to compliment the match being played later in the day. After lunch the boys all worked on their Communication and Team work skills in a variety of challenges with Mr Hall and Mr Mettioui. The evening matches were a very good experience for the boys. The U14's had a really tough match against a very good side local academy but hopefully the boys learned a few points from them. The U15s played really well and won 5-1 with Rob scoring a hat trick!

Day 5 – Home Coming

After a final morning training session with Valencia coaches, we had a presentation for all the students and the school were also presented with 2 team photos and a signed Valencia shirt (which I believe may be placed down at Ditton Fields. The afternoon was a time for reflection as the group worked together on positives and negatives of the tour and more team challenges involving team work and paper engineering. Mr Scott kept the troops entertained with a few games before it was time leave for the airport and return home.

A big thank you to all the people at Inspire Sports tours for looking after us, the KGS Staff giving up their free time to support this amazing experience and to the KGS Students who were a credit to the school throughout and had an excellent time.

An excellent tour that was only achieveable due

Tour in numbers

29 Students

5 days,

4 Tour Matches,

5 Training Sessions,

1 Stadium Tour,

1 Valencia B Match,

A more detailed report will be in this month’s Newsletter and the Kingstonian