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A Madrid adventure for Football in the Community’s BTEC Students


Programme Leader, Joe Williamson, at Real Madrid FC

Sixteen students and three members of staff completed two fundraising events at the Co-operative in West Bridgford and Morrisons in Gamston over the Christmas period.

The money raised helped contribute towards travel costs, and paid for tours of the Santiago Bernabeu (Real Madrid) and Vicente Calderon (Atletico Madrid) stadiums.

The group travelled to Madrid to experience the culture and get a feel for the organisation of big sporting events. The staff arranged different activities which included attending a match, and stadium tours which is part of their work for their “Organising Sports Events” unit within their BTEC qualification.

The students also got to try their hand at some Spanish whilst learning about the culture and history of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

For BTEC Level 3 Year 1 student, Theo McIntosh Madrid, opened up a whole new world to him:

I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Madrid, I got to walk around the capital city experiencing life, like a local from the area, and this allowed me to see some great sights along the way like the many famous landmarks within the City. On the trip I learned that the Spanish live very differently to us, like driving on the opposite side of the road. I also learned about the travel system in Madrid as we used the Metro quite a lot to get around the city and to travel to the Stadium for the Real Madrid match.”

During the visit the group experienced two stadium tours, both very different yet equally as impressive, and also experienced a thrilling 3-3 draw watching Real Madrid v Las Palmas.

The group got to watch Real Madrid play Las Palmas

The group got to watch Real Madrid play Las Palmas

Theo embraced the chance to get to see Real Madrid play in person, going on to say:

My personal highlight was going to watch Real Madrid v Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu because I got to see the best players in the world right in front of my eyes, it was made even better as there was also 6 goals during the game.”

Joe Williamson, Programme Leader, was pleased with how well the Education Departments first BTEC venture abroad went, saying:

The BTEC learners and staff had been looking forward to the trip for a long time, and it didn’t disappoint. Being able to offer the learners such an amazing experience one in which many people don’t get to experience in a lifetime was highly rewarding for the staff involved. Taking a large group to a capital city of a foreign country is a huge task but the entire trip was a resounding success.

I think everyone on the trip would agree that no one expected it to be as brilliant as it was. I was overwhelmed by the size of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and the unbelievable following the club has around the world. The learners were able to sit on the bench where Zidane may sit, and also take photos with the Champions League Trophy.  It got everybody excited to return the following night to watch Real Madrid v Las Palmas. We were extremely lucky to witness a 3-3 draw in a non-stop game that saw a red card, a penalty, and 2 late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo. On the final day we had a private tour of the Vicente Calderon, home of Atletico Madrid. A fantastic experience to be given a guided tour on our own before it opened to the public, the guide was superb and told us lots about the stadium and the history of the club. The learners were able to walk out of the tunnel and up onto the pitch to the Atleti anthem, as well as a full tour around the grounds facilities ending with an impressive collection of trophies in the museum.

Overall the 4 day trip to Madrid was an incredible experience for both staff and learners of the BTEC Programme. We’re already looking forward to planning the next trip and hope we have many more new students who can enjoy such an experience in 2017/18.

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Atletico Madrid Stadium

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