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Tuesday, 14 April 2015
Thirty-seven Bolton School footballers travelled out to Spain over the Easter break for the Madrid Tour, where they were scheduled to play six fixtures against local Spanish club sides.
The boys stayed at the Residence-Hotel Ciudad del Fútbol at the heart of the home of the Spanish FA. The hotel was intended and designed for Spain’s elite football players, and acts as a headquarters for the national football team. Some of the boys even bumped into Spanish National Manager Vicente del Bosque outside the hotel on their first full day in Madrid!
When they first arrived, the three Bolton School teams had just enough time to drop off their bags and change before plunging straight into the opening round of matches against Arganda Del Ray. Both sides were very evenly matched in all three games, but at the final whistle the Bolton School boys ended the first day with two narrow losses and one win.
The next day brought with it some weather more suited to Bolton than Madrid, but the boys’ spirits were not dampened as they headed for training at the Real Madrid CF Academy. This was an excellent opportunity for the boys and they made the most of every minute of their two morning sessions at the Academy, where they trained alongside the Real Madrid teams.
In the afternoons, the boys took breaks from their intensive training to visit the Spanish National Football Museum, which houses two European and one World Cups, and for an all-access tour of the Bernabéu Stadium. The boys returned to the stadium for the Real Madrid vs Éibar La Liga match. They were very excited to see Cristiano Ronaldo and company in action, and as Real Madrid came out on top with a score of 3-0 the result made for an even better experience!
All too quickly, the final day of the tour came along and brought with it a final set of fixtures against club side Cogorro. Once again, the Bolton School boys found themselves evenly matched, with the First team drawing 2-2 and the Third team drawing 1-1. The Second team, however, managed to pull off a 1-0 win by the final whistle!
The Bolton School boys therefore returned from Madrid with a respectable two wins, two draws, and two losses.
Mr Mark Chilton, the trip leader and Senior Football coach, said, “The trip was a great experience for the thirty-seven boys. It was a tremendous opportunity to tour such a fantastic football city, and the boys displayed a great professional attitude and high standard of football throughout.”
The Madrid Tour was sponsored by local chartered accountancy firm Cowgill Holloway.
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