Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Academy Has a Win; Southern Downs Players Train at World-Famous Club Real Madrid

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Academy Has a Win; Southern Downs Players Train at World-Famous Club Real Madrid

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FOOTBALL: The Southern Downs Football Academy touring party has spent four days in Madrid as part of an eight-day tour of Spain.

In Madrid they had three training sessions with coach Jesus Gutierrex. He played for Real Madrid up to under-19s and coached Real Madrid youth teams.

While in Madrid, academy goalkeeper Lachlan Montgomery got to meet Victor Valdez, a legendary Spanish goalkeeper who now coaches the U19 side at the academy where the team from Australia trained.

While in Madrid, the Southern Downs Football Academy had stadium tours of the home fields of Real Madrid (Santiago Bernabeu) and Atletico Madrid (Wanda Stadium).

Academy coaching director Tim Gaske said the Southern Downs group also toured the heart of Madrid looking at the history of the city.

"We are now in Cambrils, which has its own dedicated training resort called Futbol Salou. Teams travel from all over the world to train and play at Cambrils," Gaske said.

"They even have a full-time residential school for international kids wanting to play football professionally. …

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