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Club sponsor, Soccer Express, arranged for the opportunity for one CMFSC coach,  to attend the Real Madrid Coach Education  Program in Madrid Spain from January 2nd - 8th. From a group of amazing applicatnts, by random draw, CMFSC BCSPL, Metro, and Academy coach, Tony Cargill was selected. This exclusive soccer experience offered a unique sight into the youth development approach of one of the world's most famous soccer clubs. Through this rigorous program, Tony was given an inside look at the daily life of an academy player in Real Madrid City's state of the art training facilities. Tony had this to say of his experience:

Having had some time to reflect and digest what was an excellent experience, I want to thank the Club and Soccer Express for providing what was an amazing opportunity.

I arrived in Madrid on the 3rdof January, where I got to meet the coaches from other parts of North America, have dinner and go over the schedule for my time there.

January 4thwas a packed day with an amazing tour in the morning of Real Madrid’s training facility which showed the pathway from U8 to the senior team. This was followed by watching the Under 19 team train, the intensity and speed of which they trained was enjoyable to watch. The afternoon/evening was packed with sessions in the classroom where we learned about the Academy’s Organization, the club’s physical training, style of play and Academy criteria & talent selection.

On the morning of the 5th, we were treated to a viewing of Real Madrid Castilla(Reserves) training session. Zinedine Zidane’s son is currently the goalkeeper and this team plays in the second tier in Spain. That afternoon, we toured Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, home of Atletico Madrid and then did a little sightseeing in the city centre of Madrid.

We had a lovely day in Toledo on January 6th, where we got to see the sights of the old capital of Spain before going to the Bernabeu where Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Real Sociedad. Vinicius Jr was definitely the highlight of the game as he was always electric when on the ball.

January 7thstarted off with getting to be on the field with Real Madrid staff as they coached. It was enjoyable as they focus on players getting repetition and rarely stopped to critique as players were expected to work through their mistakes. After this, we went for lunch at the Bernabeu before doing a stadium tour. While having lunch, Real Madrid unveiled Brahim Diaz who they had just signed from Manchester City. The stadium tour was amazing, there was an endless amount of trophies and it was exciting to see the plans for the future stadium upgrades.

All in all, it was a great experience and the most enlightening thing to learn was that Real Madrid who have developed so many players that are playing in top leagues around the world always challenge their players by putting them in environments where they will lose and that they will not sacrifice development for results as they don’t prioritize standings until U19. The evidence that they are successful is that there are currently 175 players who have gone through their system and are now playing at the top level worldwide.

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