March 2019: School trip to Valencia is on target for footballers

FOOTBALLING students got to play a match in Spain and tour the grounds of Valencia.

The year 9, 10 and 11 students from Haslingden High School spent five days abroad when they honed their skills at training sessions every day.

Captain of the school’s U15 football team, Jamie Sanderson, 14, said: “The girls got to play a team from FC Porto’s Academy, one of the hardest teams to play in the Portuguese league, and they won 2:1.

“My team played a Spanish side about the same age as us and we won 4:0 and the year 9s also played.

“I really enjoyed the trip; it was all good. We stayed in a hotel that was only five minutes from Valencia’s ground and the pitches were great.

“We also got to tour the stadium and we got to watch a match, but unfortunately the score was 0:0.”

As well as the school team, Jamie also plays for Rossendale Valley for whom he has been playing since he was four.

He said: “I hope to get scouted and I will be going for a few trials with academy teams and hope to get a place when I finish my GCSEs.”