|Posing with Bobby Moore before the Wembley Stadium Tour|
|Valencia Football Stadium Tour|
|Presenting Kiwi gifts to Spanish opposition after match|
Throughout the tour the lads’ were put through their paces and taught the very different playing styles seen throughout Europe with some excellent professional coaching sessions at the Man Utd Soccer School, Spanish F.A. in Madrid and at the Valencia CF Academy. The true pleasure to watch however was how the team applied all that they had learnt in their training to each of their fixtures in England and Spain. Adopting the Spanish ‘heads-up and play what’s in front of you’ game-plan certainly favoured the hard-working and skilful Kelston team, who as the tour progressed played some exceptional football and fully encompassed the character of the “beautiful game”.
By the end of the trip the Kelston Boys’ Football Team had sat in the seats of living legends Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard; walked down the tunnels of Old Trafford, Wembley, Santiago Bernabéu, Estadio De Mestalla and the Camp Nou; taken in the unique character of international cities London, Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona; and played against tough opposition from the other side of the world. Through all of this – from start to finish – the guys represented both their school and country impeccably and embraced the notion of touring. It was a pleasure to get to know the group and watch how much they all improved after each training session and fixture. Once again on behalf of the team at Student Horizons a huge THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS to Kelston Boys’ High School. We are very proud of you all. An awesome bunch of lads. An awesome tour. And most importantly – awesome football! #ChallengeDiscoverAchieve
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Tour Leader Feedback - "Thank you very much to Student Horizons and especially Ben for this wonderful tour. All the boys had an unforgettable experience and were able to relate to Ben so well. The amount of development seen from the boys over the tour from the first training to the last game was phenomenal and those skills will be looked at being applied on the football field back in New Zealand this season. It is great to hear such positive feedback so from everyone at Kelston Boys' High School, we'd like to say thank you."