Curzon enjoy a trip of a lifetime
Tuesday 14th November 2017 @ 09:24 by Mark Phillip
Football Sports

Curzon Ashton juniors enjoyed a trip of a lifetime to Madrid in October.

During their four days in Spain, the players and staff used Real Madrid’s training facilities, played numerous competitive matches, and also toured the Bernabaeu Stadium and the Wanda Metropolitana Stadium – the brand new home of Atletico Madrid.

After 18 months of planning and preparation, club directors Wayne Salkeld and Donna Hamilton said it was a fantastic occasion for everyone involved. Speaking to Reporter Sport, Wayne – whose son Jack is part of the first team coaching staff – said: “It was just fantastic. We went over there with 93 kids, and it was a really successful trip. The staff all worked very hard, and it was a trip of a lifetime.”

While the trip was rewarding for everyone involved, Donna said it wouldn’t have been possible without key personnel. “I’d like to say thanks to our treasurer, Angela Allen, who played a massive part in this, mainly the money side”.

After boarding a flight in the early hours of Friday morning, the Curzon players arrived in Spain with tired eyes.

But there was no time for rest, however, with a packed schedule right from the get go. Wayne said: “We went to real Madrid’s training ground as soon as we got off the plane really. The kids were really excited and upbeat, and the facilities there are second to none. From there we went to Atletico Madrid’s new ground, which is only a few months old, and we were actually the first English club to tour that. It was absolutely fantastic for us to put Curzon on the map.”

The trip to Spain is just one of many ideas put forward by the club to increase its attractiveness to the local community.Others include delivering coaching sessions to local school children, with the added bonus of free tickets to home matches. Donna believes the club is doing everything it can to appeal to the next generation of supporters. She said: “Just this weekend alone, when I’ve been watching my son and daughter play, I’ve had parents from other teams saying ‘I’ve seen everything you put on Twitter, how do we get trips like this?’ The parents are now asking us when the next trip will be – it’s great.”

Will the club be arranging a trip in the foreseeable future? “I think we’d look at arranging one in two years time, perhaps to somewhere like Barcelona” said Donna.

Although the club is accepting of all ages and abilities, limited training facilities can cause some minor problems. Donna said: “The door is always open to take in new children, but the problem we’ve got is the limited space we have on the 3g pitch. Every single training slot from Monday to Friday, 5-8pm, is fully booked.”

Those who use the club’s 3g facility, located at the Tameside Stadium, can look forward to playing on a brand new pitch next year.

Following a successful FA Cup run in 2016, which generated over £120,000, combined with a grant and numerous fundraising activities, the club has been able to put plans in place for a state-of-the-art 3g pitch. Updating us on the situation, Wayne said: “The bid has gone in now; we’re just looking to have it rubber stamped, and hopefully we’ll be starting work in May, ready for the 2018/19 season.”

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