A sports tour is the perfect way for teams to bond, develop new skills and play competitive matches against international teams - even professional football clubs do it! The Derby County FC U16’s and U21’s did all this and more when they embarked on a group sports trip to Oliva Nova on the East Coast of Spain in October this year.
U21’s player, Jonathan Mitchell, wrote a tour diary on the teams website and said, “…it’s fair to say the place and its facilities immediately impressed us. For me personally, this is the first time that I have been on a tour such as this. We are with each other 24/7, we are all sharing rooms and that can only be good for the team spirit amongst the group.”
After arriving at the destination, both sides completed daily training sessions as well as team building activities. The U21’s were also preparing for a fixture against Valencia’s B side, providing a great opportunity to put into practice the new skills learnt on the trip.
Unfortunately the U21’s were defeated by Valencia’s B side, however player Mason Bennett believes their side have learnt a lot from the match. “I love being around the lads, especially back at the Training Centre, so to come and experience a place like Valencia with the rest of the lads has been beneficial to all of us.”
Pat Lyons, who manages the team, said on their website “That aside, though, these camps help us get to know the lads better, it’s great for the team spirit and it’s important that we also do stuff to help that away from the football field. That’s why we have got the beach…It’s something that we look to do with all of our age groups, to see how they cope in different environments.”
Both sports tours to Oliva Nova, Derby County FC U16’s and U21’s, were coordinated by Equity.