Tales from the volunteers

26 Spain Zoe Belding-1

My name is Zoe Belding, I am a female footballer. I went on a project in Valencia.
During the project, most mornings and evening we spend either coaching for playing football. We had two Spanish lessons to help us with the language as well as visiting colegio mascamarena where we took part in their morning sports lessons playing padel.
During the free time, we visited the beach had a tour of the Mestalla, and watched both Male and Female Valencia side in their La Liga games.
Time management is a key skill I have learnt, during the project you have to make sure your on time for each event. For our coaching we had to take public transport getting the right bus at the right time was important.
Personally I learnt that I can adapt to a new culture and city. I now feel really confident about making new step after this project.
Zoe Belding

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
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25 Spain Maddie Abbishaw-1

My name is Maddie Abbishaw, from Leeds and I went on a project in Valencia, Spain.
The project was designed for me to understand the Spanish was of coaching and playing football. We had 6 sessions with Coach Javi from Spanish Pro football and then used this to coach under 6’s at San Jose Football club twice a week.
During my free time I spent time relaxing in the River Park, either at the basketball courts or watching local teams play matches on the near by trip.
Professionally I learn how to conduct myself in new situations, for example leadership skills that allowed me take charge of the coaching sessions or my station making the desert during our paella experience.
I learnt how confident I am and how much self-esteem I have. I had a brilliant experience that has changed my life.
Maddie Abbishaw

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

24 Spain Molly Swales-1

My name is Molly Swales, 18 from Scarborough and I went on a project in Valencia, Spain.
I had the best two weeks ever! We took part in and lead football sessions, made paella for our lunch, visited one of Valencia’s top colleges and took part in their sports lessons. I loved every second.
During our free time we had time to explore the beautiful city of Valencia and absorb the culture of the city. We also spent time at the beach.
I learnt a lot about coaching and how to set up coaching sessions for both adults and children. I now know the level of detail required.
My confidence due to this has improved so much. Before this project I was quite a shy person and conscious about myself. Now I put myself outside my comfort zone regularly. Thank you Everything Is Possible.
Molly Swales
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

23 Spain Georgia Dickens-1

My name is Georgia Dickens, 18 and I went on a project in Valencia, Spain
We did loads, we trained with Spanish coaches from SPF, we coached players from San Jose Football club, took morning classes at a Spanish college, visited the Mestallea and watched both men and women’s team play vs Bilbao
During our free time we explored the River park that runs through Valencia.
We had a few Spanish lesson that has helped me pick up a few words in Spanish, but the main thing I learnt during the trip was around how to put on fun football sessions for players and how to deliver them.
During the project I really saw my confidence grow to try new challenges and don’t be afraid to give things ago. I also feel I have become more approachable to meeting new people.
Georgia Dicken

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

22 Spain Mitchell Parker-1

My name is Mitchell Parker, 17 from York. I went on a project in Valencia.
Over the two-week project we took part in football sessions designed to help us understand the Spanish way of playing from SPF staff. We also visited a local club to help coach their players and learn from their coaches.
During my spare time we cooked paella went to watch Valencia men and women play vs Bilbao as well as explore the city.
I learn new skills mainly around communication and how to adapt mine to suit the audience I was working with.
I surprised myself with how sociable I was, I didn’t know everyone before we went on our project, but by the end of it I had a new group of friends.
Mitchell Parker

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

21 Spain Jon Paul Vass-1

My name is Jon-Paul Vass. I went on a project in Valencia
During my project, we trained every morning with the Spanish pro football academy and then later coached children from San Jose academy. As well as the football we did lots of other cultural activities which included, making paella, going to the beach and seeing the fresh food market in the town centre.
Thanks to Erasmus+, professionally I learned how young children in Spain get brought up to play football and how it is different to the way English kids play the game and how they are taught it as well.
Personally, I learnt that Spanish football is a lot less demanding than the English game and that they struggle to play at a very quick tempo as they like to slow the game down and build up through the pitch.
Jon-Paul Vass
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Askham Spain
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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