Tomorrow, our second #FBBSchools tour of the summer departs London for Barcelona. A group of 13 participants from our Year 8 programme at Archbishop Lanfranc academy in Croydon will enjoy the trip as a reward for their consistent hard work on the pitch and in the classroom over the course of the year.
The boys even helped to organise the tour by searching for accommodation and activities, and even doing their own fundraising to cover some of tour costs. For many of the boys this will be the first time they will have left the UK and it will be a unique opportunity to broaden their horizons and experience a different culture.
Matthew Young, one of the participants, cannot wait to get out there: “I am so excited about going to Barcelona! This is my first time going on a plane – I have always been scared of heights so I would love to go on a plane to conquer my fear! I think the tour will help us by teaching us different things, both on the pitch and off the pitch. I am most looking forward to learning how the people of Barcelona play football and how they live. I’m also buzzing about spending the tour with my friends and teammates – it’ll be amazing to experience all these new things together and will be great for team spirit.”
The tour itinerary includes an exclusive tour of La Liga side Español’s stadium and an opportunity to watch them play Getafe in a La Liga match live at the stadium – an opportunity facilitated by our patron Guillem Balague who has close links at the club. The team will also get the opportunity to train on some of the cities’ best footballing facilities – in preparation for a match against a local youth side at the end of the tour.
Their Teacher, Mr Bateman, is happy for his students: “The boys are really excited about this trip. This group knows what an FBB tour is all about having been on the pioneering #FBBSchools tour to Scotland last year, so they know what a fantastic time they’re going to have. This is a well deserved reward for all their hard work last year and a great way for them to continue their personal development.”