The Bethany football squad visited Malaga in Spain over the October half term in what proved to be an unforgettable experience, filled with training, matches, and exciting off-field activities.
During the tour, the team had the opportunity to partake in two self-led training sessions, which allowed them to focus on their specific goals and work on their skills. Additionally, they had one training session led by the Malaga coaches. This was a fantastic experience for the boys, as they got to train at a higher level on a top-quality pitch. The coaching session from the Malaga professionals undoubtedly left a lasting impression.
The team played two matches during their tour, first up was Benalmadena, followed by a closely fought match against Churriana.
In the first game, the team faced Benalmadena and secured an impressive 6-1 victory. Rasan Bamoki was the standout player, scoring an incredible 4 goals, earning him the title of Player of the Match. Max Childs also received recognition, being named the Coaches Player, he was outstanding in the match, displaying excellent levels of commitment.
The second match was an intense and closely contested encounter against Churriana. Unfortunately, the team lost 1-0 in the last 15 minutes of the match. Despite the defeat, the boys displayed great sportsmanship and determination throughout. Player of the Match was Ollie Hughes who was outstanding playing at centre back, controlling the whole game. Coaches Player of the Match was Josh Hughes, who at right back was always an attacking presence and solid in defence.
In between matches and training sessions, the team enjoyed some well-deserved free time at the hotel, making use of the pool facilities to relax and unwind. The tour also included trips to notable locations, such as the Malaga stadium, Gibraltar, and Marbella old town. These experiences added a cultural and educational dimension to the tour, leaving the boys with lasting memories.
The football tour to Spain was an amazing and enriching experience that all the pupils thoroughly enjoyed. The players’ behaviour, effort, and enthusiasm were exemplary both on and off the field. This tour provided a unique opportunity for the boys to enhance their football skills, experience different cultures, and create lasting memories, making it an invaluable experience for everyone involved.