Madrid Magic

This week’s blog from the students comes from two boys who participated in the recent Madrid Football Tour.

The Madrid Football Tour was a great experience overall. Having not been abroad in a very long time it was strange for me, but I enjoyed every second of it. The fact I was with all of my friends made it even better. We did things such as visiting the Atletico Madrid stadium (Wanda Metropolitano) and the Real Madrid stadium (Santiago Bernabeu) twice. Once for a tour and once to watch a La Liga fixture between Real Madrid and Levante, final score was a shock 2-1 win for Levante.  We also played matches against a local club, Alcobendas Academia FC, with the AKS U13s and U14s both winning (6-4 and 5-4 respectively). A great experience as well was a training session at both of the Madrid team’s training grounds, and seeing the Atletico 1st team walk past us!

My personal highlight has got to be the fixture between Real Madrid and Levante. The atmosphere was amazing and it was great to see world class players in action in real life instead of on the TV at home. I bought a souvenir from the Bernabeu and got plenty of pictures of the inside and outside of the stadium. Overall I loved the trip and I would do it again or something similar again if given the opportunity to.

Harrison – Year 9

This year the Madrid trip was awesome – the games, sightseeing, cultural experiences -everyone enjoyed it, with smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the four days. We toured the magnificent Bernabeu and Metropolitano stadiums, and were coached by the academy staff at Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid training grounds! We even saw the Atletico 1st team walk by our pitch, including Griezmann, Costa, and lots of others.

The food was different to England (paella, lots of sweet cakes, etc), and so was the sound of the streets with everyone speaking Spanish. The temperature was also different – bright, sunny and hot. The one thing I enjoyed the most was watching Real Madrid v Levante at the Bernabeu, with 81,000 other spectators, although it was a shock result with Real Madrid losing 2-1!  Another highlight was walking around Madrid to embrace how different it was compared to Lytham St Annes. We saw the Royal Palace and went right into the city centre – it was stunning to see all the monuments and I kept thinking of lots of questions about the history of Madrid.  I would really recommend a trip like this as it gives you many different experiences and perspectives about the world.

John – Year 8