Real Madrid Trip August 2010

August 31, 2010 by  
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Playing for the Future’s Thomas McStravick recently went on a behind the scenes trip to Real Madrid’s training complex otherwise known as ‘Real Madrid City’. The trip also included 6 other coaches from England and provided an insight into all things Real Madrid. McStravick said;

“I was lucky enough to be able to be included in this trip which was only offered on a select basis only. We got exclusive access to all academy training and games and a behind the scenes look at the training facilities of all teams including the reserves and 1st teams”

Real Madrid Trip August 2010The trip started off in style with the opportunity to take in Real Madrid’s last pre-season friendly game with Penarol then a trip to the training complex where exclusive access was given to academy training;

“While we were driving in through the gates of the training complex a couple of hundred people were stood waiting for first team players to drive past to get some autographs, it was just a different world”

The idea of the trip was to gain access to the latest coaching methods and see what the structure and programme was for one of the biggest clubs in football history;

“We were given a tour of the training complex by the academy director where we seen the first team training facilities and enjoyed a presentation from the reserve team coach on the academy structure and club philosophy. I wasn’t aware that so many world class players were brought up through the Real Madrid academy including Eto’o, Raul, Cambiasso and Guti”

Thomas hopes that his connections with the people at Real Madrid and those from clubs in England will allow him to set-up a training excellence programme for Playing for the Future using methods that have been picked up from Madrid’s programme and that of other professional clubs that Thomas has access to;

“The aim is to develop an excellence programme using the latest coaching methods and use the information picked up in Madrid and at Leeds United academy to develop a top class training programme that will be delivered by quality coaches. Through time we will also look at bringing one or two players who we think may be good enough over for a trial with Leeds United or another English club. This is a fantastic opportunity for local players to be apart of something exciting and develop their skills”

Thomas who is currently in England studying his coaching licences has stated that Playing for the Future will continue to grow from strength to strength;

“Along with our annual events such as the youth tournament and our summer camp we are planning a mini-league for young players aged 9-13 which will be based in the Portadown and Lurgan areas. The excellence programme that is currently being developed will be a major development and it will offer all kids of all abilities the chance to improve their skills”