Pupils learn from the best during trip to Spain

The school party is pictured during the recent Valencia trip.

The school party is pictured during the recent Valencia trip.

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Being trained by world-class coaches is something that every sports fan dreams and hopes for.

And for a group of Forfar Academy pupils, these dreams became reality during a recent trip to Valencia, Spain.

This fantastic opportunity gave a group of the academy’s football and basketball players the chance to hone their sporting talents in world-class training facilities withtop coachse.

In the days before the departing, anticipation and excitement grew quickly.

The pupils who were involved have called it a “fantastic experience” part of which involved taking on a local team to experience their unique style of play.

It was a gripping match ending in a 4-4 draw with the away side coming back from a 3-1 deficit to draw the game. The pick of the eight goals scored on the afternoon was a stunning free-kick from Morgan Evans which sent the on looking crowd into a state of joy.

Another of the trip’s many highlights was attending a La Liga fixture between Valaencia C.F. and Espanyol, during which the pupils had the chance to see the professionals using the same skills they had been taught

After their return, two of the pupils involved, Mark Smith and Robbie Gooderham, hailed the experience as “a brilliant opportunity to improve our football skills.”

“Throughout the training exercises we learned a new style of play with intensity and improved our fundamental skills as players.”