Tika-taka Valencia

18th November 2014

On Thursday 13th November, four Year 8 students had the fantastic opportunity to experience a brand of football more commonly associated with the top teams in Spain. Academy coaches from Valencia Club de Fútbol, whose first team currently sit third in Spain’s top league La Liga, travelled to the UK to host a series of one day coaching roadshows across the country. 

Tommy Lamb, Max Glet, Katie Aveling and Sarah Goddard were the fortunate students chosen to represent the school at the event in Canterbury as a result of their hard work and excellent attitude in PE and various sporting fixtures during this academic year. The objective focused upon developing the skills of both players and coaches alike and showcase the successful techniques of free flowing Spanish football to the next generation of UK players. Universally referred to as Tika-taka, this style of football is characterised by short passing and movement, aimed at creating space and engineering more goal scoring opportunities.

The day began with a training session for the students, where teachers were able to observe and study the work of the academy coaches putting their training methods into practice. However, Manel Ruz, a product of the Valencia youth team who played first team games under Rafael Benitez and also represented Spain at U’17 level, was reluctant at times to give away all the secrets of Valencia’s recent success. After lunch the coaches created a mini tournament for the students to compete in and further develop their knowledge and understanding of this certain style of play, while teachers from a number of schools across Kent were rounded up and also put through their paces.

After a long day spent outside in the bitter cold, the Valencia coaches presented medals and certificates to all students that attended the day course and fortunately enough for us, our students were the only ones who walked away with a signed shirt from the current squad of Valencia first team players. Tommy, Max, Katie and Sarah thoroughly enjoyed the day and were grateful for the experience and opportunity that came their way and as always, our students were an absolute credit to the school, well done!

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