Tour of Madrid for Henley Football Team

Members of The Henley College’s Football Development Programme have travelled to Spain’s national football training centre for a five day tour.

The Henley College Football Development Programme Squad
Squad: Taylor Christopher, Dan Chalfont, Dan Bayliss, James Griffiths, James Dinsdale (c), Jamie Thurston, Joe Morris, Lloyd Majaya, Scott Brown, Guy Brown, Savio de Jesus Patel, Tom Croker, Alex Clift, Alex Attree, Jack Patterson, Matt Stirling, Dan Bell Staff: Kester Buckland, Alex Hardy, Martin Unsworth

The 17 students (comprised of a mix of 1st and 2nd XI players) were guests at Madrid’s Ciudad Del Futbol where they trained each day at the professional facilities and played 3 fixtures against high quality local opposition.

The first fixture against AD Parla was at the end of a long day of travel. Henley acquitted themselves very well and despite a 0-2 loss can be very pleased with the performance against very strong opposition. The following day Henley produced their best performance of the tour against CD Arganda. A 1-1 draw was not a fair reflection of a game Henley dominated, conceding a goal to a dubious penalty in the final minute of the game. On the final morning Henley played Tres Cantos, who were the weakest opposition. Tiredness played a factor in the disappointing 4-0 defeat, but the players can be proud of their efforts.

The tour also included a trip to Real Madrid’s famous Bernabeu stadium for a stadium tour, and the highlight of the week, watching Real Madrid beat Eibar 4-0 in Saturday’s La Liga fixture. The students also got to experience other local sights such as the Plaza Mayor and La Puerta del Sol and watched Athletico Madrid’s U17 side play a friendly.

It was a highly successful trip that will have benefited the students immensely with the experience of playing, watching and living football at the home of one of Europe’s best football nations.