Players prove the Real deal

By Mark Elson in Football

FOOTBALL fundraisers went through the ‘Spain barrier’ to try and raise cash for a training camp tour to soccer superstars Real Madrid later this month.

Players at the Dean Academy in Lydney kicked into action in their bid to kick a ball a combined distance of 1,200km – the length of the trip from the Forest town to the Spanish capital.

Fifty students from the academy will be travelling there in the school holidays for the football development tour, where they will rub shoulders with the likes of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo at the European Cup Champions’ Valdebebas training complex and tour the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

They spent an exhausting afternoon in the school sports hall kicking the ball the huge distance to help contribute towards the cost of a training kit and match day tickets. The academy also hosted a quiz night to raise money for the tour.

PE teacher Adam Stradling said: “Our students have been busy fundraising and are really looking forward to the trip.

“The quiz night was a huge success raising more than £1,000 and we hope to raise more from the sponsored ‘Kick a Ball to Madrid’ event.”

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