YOUNG soccer players, including some from the Vale of Glamorgan, have enjoyed a unique opportunity to visit the famous Barcelona club in Spain.
Organised by the development centres run by PG10 Coaching and Wales legend Neville Southall, the initiative involved youngsters between four and 14 visiting Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium, the largest in Europe with a 99,354 capacity, going pitch side and into the changing rooms, lifting the European Champions League trophy and learning about the culture and history of one the world’s greatest football clubs in their official museum.
The players also paid an educational visit to the Barcelona Academy where they met club and Spanish legend Ivan de la Peña as well as playing in training development matches.
The junior players watched the club's U9, U10, U14 and U17 teams play and learnt how to develop the 'Barcelona way' as well as being given nutritional and mental preparation tips to aid training and match preparation.
The players also visited the Olympic Village and Stadium as well as the other attractions in the city.
PG10 head coach Peter Griffiths said: "The Barcelona experience was a wonderful opportunity, which helped the children’s football development and provided them with essential life skills and the opportunity to learn about different cultures in a fun sporting environment.
"These tours help inspire Welsh children and give them a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from top professional clubs and travel the world.”
Following on from this success, PG10 have opportunities next season for children and young people in Dubai, New York, Miami and Valencia.
To get involved in PG10 opportunities for players aged five to 17, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07955270870.