How better to inspire Year 9 and 10 footballers than a trip to Barcelona, home of the European Cup Champions? Harrow Way took two teams, comprising of 29 students on the Barcelona Football Tour to experience a new footballing culture, play against teams where the technical ability and style is very different and to visit a beautiful seaside city, famous for its architecture and culture.
Lawrie Carter, Year 10 Leader and teacher in charge of the trip said: “This was an invaluable experience for all the boys involved who have demonstrated a real commitment to school football. Just being in Barcelona is exciting in itself but as keen footballers, there can be no better city for a tour! Competing against teams who play with a very different style was challenging for the boys but as demonstrated week in and out on the pitches back at home, the boys dug deep and won one of their games, drew two and lost only one. We were very proud of their effort and sportsmanship.”
When not training or playing matches the boys naturally enjoyed the many delighted of the city including a tour of the impressive Nou Camp, home of FC Barcelona. During their time at the stadium they saw Ronald Koeman’s boots and the Champions League trophies. Time was also spent seeing the well-known sights of Barcelona including Gaudi’s famous Cathedral, La Sagrada Familia and experiencing Las Rambla, Barcelona’s most famous street.
Now back home the teams are putting their Spanish footballing lessons into practice, recently beating Calthorpe Park School, last year’s winners of the Hampshire Cup, 3-2 with two fantastic goals from Tommy Willard.
For further information on Harrow Way Community School, please call 01264 364533 or visit www.harrowway.hants.sch.uk. Visits to the school by appointment are always welcome.