At the end of April, Glentanar CFC 2003s travelled to Barcelona for a weekend of football and training. Jason Shearer, one of the coaches at Glentanar CFC, spoke to YFS to share his team’s experience and his hopes for the team’s future.
Shearer said: “We went on this trip to give our team the experience of playing football in a different setting. This would allow our players to gain knowledge on different cultures, different styles of football and also experience the feel of being on a team tour.”
Over the course of the weekend, the players took part in a training session with a Catalan coach and played games against Spanish sides Unio Astoriga C.E., and Escola Futbol Salou Costa Daurada. They also took part in a game where the youngsters played against adults, as well as enjoying a trip to the Nou Camp.
Shearer explained how the team went about organising the event. “The trip itself was organised by a small group of parents and coaches. I had initially received a quote from a sports tour company. I decided that I would do a DIY quote from their information and it worked out £200 cheaper per person. The hotel we visited provided an excellent help with organising the trip and suggesting activities we could carry out during our time there.”
The Aberdeen side fundraised for over a year through various events to raise an impressive sum, as Shearer noted. “We held various bag packing events, a horse racing night and a sponsored walk. We also run a tea trolley at each game and weekly bonus ball, and we fundraised using tokens at ASDA, sold football sweepers and also spree books. Our final fundraising total came to £11,721.05 which allowed us to fully fund each player and provide them with a tracksuit for the trip.”
Shearer believes his team have already benefitted from the experience. “The players have learned many skills from this trip. Most importantly this trip has allowed them to bond as a team. It was also important for the team to learn about the Catalan style of football, and how this is coached and played in a different setting.”
With the season drawing to a close, the team will continue to focus on their position in the ADJFA B League, and want to enjoy the remainder of the season. “Our tea trolley and bonus ball will continue to run and we will hopefully manage a fun day or maybe a football trip on a smaller scale.”
It is always great to hear of youth teams having opportunities to train and play their football abroad, and YFS are delighted that Glentanar CFC 2003s enjoyed their experience.