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Valencia Sports Tours and Levante UD to return to the UK this autumn

Since early 2018, Valencia Sports Tours and top flight La Liga and oldest Valencia club Levante UD have worked together to offer coaching of the highest level to both visiting teams from the UK and also with coaches from the clubs estemed academy visiting clubs and schools in the UK.

The first ever visit of Levante UD coaches to the UK took places with great success in October 2018 and we have returned several times since running coaching sessions at clubs and schools in London, Essex, Kent, Hertfordshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. With bespoke sessions created for under 7s right through to adults, the opportunity to train and learn from coaches from another footballing culture is both exciting and rewarding and the feedback we have had from players and local coaches alike has been fantastic.

Due to the recent global pandemic, our plans for several more visits in 2020 have been delayed. With five dates originally planned, it has been a shame we haven’t been able to deliver the number of sessions we had hoped but as soon as it is safe to travel, we will be returning to the UK and increasing regularity to meet the demand.

Click on the following link to open our general information document which can also be downloaded as a PDF to be able to send to your club, teachers, fellow coaches or anyone who may be interested in hosting sessions.

CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL INFORMATION

Moving forward in 2020, we still have plans to visit the UK at the end of August and October, so long as travel restrictions and health and wellbeing of everyone involved of course a priority. Should you be interested in hosting sessions on any of our visits please get in touch now VIA EMAIL (click this link) and we will be able to offer you further information, prices in line with your requirements and make sure you are the first to hear when our visiting dates are confirmed.

We cannot wait to get our boots back on and play some football with our friends and hopefully it will be with some of you as well in the future. Check this short video taken from our very first UK visit back in 2018 and the images within this feature are from our last visit in October/November 2019.

Valencia information for Covid 19 and booking a tour

UPDATED 18 June 17:00

With focus on Valencia as a community this offers a balanced look at the situation in the region, outside the overall Spanish statistics.

DE-ESCALATION FROM LOCKDOWN AND STATE OF ALARM MOVES TO PHASE 3 IN COMMUNIDAD VALENCIA. THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT INTEND TO OPEN THE BORDERS TO TOURISM BY THE END OF JUNE

Valencia Community continues to see the number of active patients for Covid 19 drop on a daily basis with single figure new cases being reported daily with many more recovering, for example, yesterday 87 people recorded as recovering from the virus. Total positive cases in Valencia Community (the regions of Valencia, Castellon and Alicante over an area larger than Wales) currently active is only 2000.

Moving into Phase 3 of deescalation will see all businesses open, still with some reduced capacity internally. Cafes, bars and restaurants with terraces will now be allowed to function at 100% capacity outside. Late night bars and clubs will now also open but with reduced capacity and social distancing in place. Socially, people can now meet in groups of up to 20 people.

Sporting activity has now commenced with quite a number of restrictions and guidelines with social distancing currently expected and non contact sports. As we move into the new normal, this will be a key time for sports as we see how contact sports are going to be reintroduced.

Phase 2 is expected to last for two weeks when the plan will be to move into phase 3 ( of 4), however, statistics and cases in the region will be monitored and the next phase will only come into practice if safe to do so.

TOURISM HOPES

The Spanish government hope to open the countries borders again to tourism from 23 June, at the same time as the countries own Community borders allow Spanish citizens to move freely around the whole country. There has been no confirmation on whether there will be restrictions for those visiting from certain destinations or once in Spain, what, if any requirements will also be in place. At this time, it is not expected any quarantine will be enforced. Flights to and from Valencia will also return at the same time. Airlines have slightly reduced the number of flights a week at this early stage however we are monitoring how this develops. As deescalation continues through the phases we will be making sure we keep travel news up to date.

The Future – We continue to try and gather a picture of what the future will look like in respect of travelling to our great city. We have been pleased with recent developments and hope the region and country continues to move in this direction over the weeks ahead. We are working with all our suppliers to be confident on making sure we offer our exceptional tours in the safest possible environment. We are doing our best to be clear on the facts and how this may have an impact on your visit. We appreciate the concern and will continue to gather information from the Spanish government and WHO as the situation continues to evolve. What we do believe is the importance of safe practice and knowledge which will allow you to continue to visit all of the places in the UK, Valencia and beyond to enjoy playing the sport you love.

Terms and Conditions – We will be adding new elements to all new tour booking Terms and Conditions in order to give you peace on mind when booking any new tours with us for later in the year, due to the outbreak. When contacting us for your quote, feel free to ask any questions in respect of this straight away. Our current bookings, we will have already been in touch to advise on your individual situation.

Please contact us at any time with any questions and concerns and rest assured, we will continue to be clear about the situation in the region and regularly update this page. WE ARE TAKING BOOKINGS for later in the year so please do get in touch to enquire and give yourself something to look forward to and as mentioned in the previous paragraph, we will be putting clear terms and conditions in place to protect you and your tour financially against cancellation.

This page gathers the official government health information for you to confidently book your tour to Valencia when our governments allow and if your current booking in the months to come is potentially at risk. We are updating this page regularly, specifically around Valencia Community, but also with guidance to the region you are travelling from. All information is sourced from the WHO or Spanish Government.

Locals Levante CC take part in ECN Dream11 T10 series 2-6 March

After a league winning season in 2019, local cricket club Levante CC who play host to all our touring sides across the year, will be taking part in the season opening T10 tournament taking place in Albir, Alicante, the Dream11 European Cricket Series part of the European Cricket Networks new run of tournaments that will take place throughout the year and across Europe.

Six Spanish clubs will be taking part with hosts Sporting Alfas, Levante CC, La Manga CC, Intellectuals CC, Pinatar Pirates and Madrid Utd. With four matches per day taking place from midday local time, each side will play each other in a league format until Thursday, with the top four teams playing through semi finals and finals on Friday to be declared the first Dream11 European Series champions.

Final group stage places –

1. Sporting Alfas C.C.    10   +5.184
2. Madrid United C.C.    6    -0.034
3. Levante C.C.    6     +0.125
4. Pinatar Pirates C.C.    4    -0.065
5. La Manga C.C.    4    -0.299
6. Intellectuals C.C.    0    -4.398
Semi finals –
10am – Sporting Alfas CC VS Pinatar Pirates CC
12pm – Madrid Utd CC VS Levante CC

All up to date and live information is available via the ECN website here – https://www.ecn.cricket/

All matches live via the ECN Youtube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzpKcXOP32CxF-X6iTpM7EQ

Should you be interested in a cricket tour to Valencia to play Levante CC, send us an email HERE or take a look at our Valencia Smash! T20 tournament HERE, which still has places available for October 2020.

The Valencia Smash! T20 cricket tournament returns, 16 – 18 October 2020

UPDATE! Terms and Conditions – We will be adding new elements to all booking Terms and Conditions in order to give you peace on mind when booking your tours with us this year, offering refunds should tours not be possible due to the Covid 19 outbreak.

After the Cricket league season in the UK (and Spain) has been put to bed, you will have the chance to finish off your year in style by bringing you club to Valencia to take part in the international T20 tournament, the Valencia Smash!

Taking place from 16 – 18 October 2020, four teams will play four matches each over three days of cricket to see who is crowned this years champions. The hosts Levante CC, will hope to succeed in 2020 following narrow defeats in both 2018 and 2019 tournaments, and get their hands on a trophy they haven’t held since the inaugral event in 2017.

Even before the tournament dates for 2020 have been announced, there has been great interest so make sure you get your team together and register.

The details –

  • 4 x T20 matches over 3 days
  • 4 nights in a central 3* hotel with breakfast, walking distance to the ground (Thurs 15 – Mon 19 Oct)
  • Lunch during Friday and Saturday play
  • Tournament dinner (Tapas and Paella) served outside at the ground following the final
  • Awards and trophies
  • Cricket España tournament umpires and referee
  • Cricket schedule to allow your club time to experience the fantastic city of  Valencia

PRICE PER PLAYER – £305

To register your club, a deposit payment of £150 is required to secure your place, with the balance split over two further payments. You do not have to have your final numbers confirmed until May.

You can enter your team by contacting us by email HERE.

As well as the fantastic tournament, you will also have the chance to experience a stunning and welcoming city. The matches are scheduled to allow you to have you evenings free and some time across the days to make the most of your time.

Our terms and conditions can be forwarded on request. These offer complete information on cancellation or problems as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

*Extra nights stay available
*Flights are to be purchased by the individual and not included in the price

You can enter your team by contacting us by email HERE.

Interested in a stand alone tour to Valencia for your cricket team? Visit our Cricket page HERE

Valencia Marathon 2020, don’t miss out before it sells out!!

 

On Sunday 6 December 2020, take part in the Valencia Marathon 2020 with Valencia Sports Tours. We have created the perfect package at excellent value for those visiting from across the world, offering hotel, airport transfers, race registration and administration plus all the support and information you need for the race and of course on the ground knowledge of the city we live and love which we want to pass to you.

Valencia running continues to go from strength to strength. With some real investment in the sport in the region, the major races in the city are attracting some of the worlds finest athletes. The Valencia Marathon in December has received the World Athletics (formally IAAF) PLATINUM Label due to its exceptional climate for running at this time of year, flowing flat course, incredible service to the runners, safety and atmosphere. With some of the faster marathon times on record, it is only a matter of time, with ths incredible athletes who now attend, that a world record will be broken on this course.

Contact us now to find out more or to book your place
info@valenciasportstours.com

In 2019 the race saw 25,000 runners take part from countries from all over the world. The stunning course takes in all the major sights of the city including the Plaza Ayuntamiento, Port and Beach area, Torres de Serano, Valencia football clubs famous Mestalla Stadium and of course the breathtaking City of Arts and Science, where the race both starts and finishes. As previously mentioned the course is flat and temperatures at this time of year are a mild 17ºC. With a wonderful atmosphere created all around the race, it really is becoming one of the most sort after marathon tickets around.

In 2019, the Marathon bibs sold out in July. With the number of running increased this year to 30,000 due to the demand, incredibly, all 30,000 tickets sold out by 18 February, 10 months before the race! We still have a few entries and packages available.

LET VALENCIA SPORTS TOURS GET YOU SORTED

Located in Valencia, we are in the perfect position to organise your marathon place and visit to the city. We know from working with clients over the last two marathons what is required to make your stay a smooth and successful one.

Our package –

2 or 3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast, arrive Friday 4 or Saturday 5 December
Valencia Marathon entrance fee
Local Federation license required
Airport transfers
Advice and support on any further aspects of your weekend

Price per person (based on 2 people sharing hotel room and transfers)
2 nights – £340/380€
3 nights – £399/445€

We can offer prices for single person occupancy, as well as removing or adding the above elements or further add ons should you require. If the above package is not perfect for you, let us know and we will create exactly what you need, including alternative star accommodation, apartments, further nights, massage and spa, half and full board at hand picked restaurants or anything else that you want to experience while in Valencia. Price subject to change in line with any increases in local costs.

“Excellent service and highly recommended. Barry arranged everything for our weekend in Valencia to take part in the marathon. Nothing was a problem and due to the excellent organisation by the company we didn’t need to worry about anything. A fantastic weekend and we’ll be back next year!
Thank you and highly recommended

Contact us now to find out more or to book your place
info@valenciasportstours.com

Valencia Smash! T20 2019 – How it Happened

What an incredible Valencia Smash! tournament it was. Two home sides from Levante CC and two from the south-east of England, Hoboes CC of Essex and Bidborough CC of Kent, offering a real test to the local boys who are also ECCL champions for 2019 at the T20 format.

Over the first two days we saw all teams play each other once, with the final day offering a third place play off and final before an evening of presentations, Tapas, Paella and a good few beers.

A warm and sunny Day one was so eventful and really set the tone for the whole occasion. With the two visiting sides playing the first game of the day, no side had any advantage in respect of experience on the artificial wicket. Both sides were a little delicate from the night before but this didn’t stop the sides smashing nearly 500 runs between them with Bidborough CC posting an enormous 278 for 4 from their 20 overs with Dan Page hammering 140 in 55 balls. Hoboes CC finished their innings with a more than respectable 218 for 6 but the Kent outfit took the points in the first match by 60 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 1

Match 2 was Levante Thunder, a side comprising of club members from both Levante CC and their friends at Barcelona International, against Hoboes CC. Winning the toss Hoboes CC chose to bat and put them straight to the sword with an impressive 241 for just 2 wickets with Andrew Kennedy on 82 and Darren Eckford on 71, both not out. The Thunder started well with captain Garvey and Alex Wollauz who scored 57 but no batsman after that would reach double figures and they ended up losing by 87 runs.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 2

Match 3 was the final game of the day and Levante Lightning‘s first match. After an impressive start to the day against Hoboes, Bidborough who brought a very big squad made quite a few changes from match 1. Batting first, Bidborough did not go well and were all out for 114 in 15.2 overs following some exceptional bowling from the Lightning team. The hosts took 11.2 overs to reach the target and captain Shakeel made a sharp 53 in the process. Something for the visitors to remember however as during this innings, after not playing for a year, George Barret took a great hat trick with the ball. This lack of runs in this match and quick chase, could this be costly down the line?

Click here or on image for score book – Match 3

Saturday was hot hot! Both blue skies and 30 degrees and some mesmerising cricket. Match four and first of the day was the local derby. Thunder against Lightning! With the Thunder put into bat, they struggled to get away the Lightning bowlers and finished all out with just 3 balls left of the innings and 138 runs on the board. 12.4 overs later, the game was over. Two wins from two for Lightning and no wins for Thunder meant they needed a strong performance in their 3rd and final match vs Bidborough.

Click here for scorebook – Match 4

Match 5, Bidborough won the toss and chose to bat. A solid performance with Eddie Grey the pick of the batsman with a classy 60. Needing 228 to win, the Thunder started well. Garvey and Wollauz again kept the score board moving and a good few batsman contributed with 20s and 30s, and all in double figures. Unfortunately none of the batsman could really pull away and although a much better performance, they fell short on 189 for 5. Thunder were out, Bidborough were well in it with 2 wins and waiting on the final match to see who would be in the final.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 5

Match 6 and the final match of the round robin stage. Lightning were all but through, a solid net run rate was under their belt and aside from a total hammering, a place in the final was likely. Hoboes however had to win. If they did, with their previous performances, Bidborough who had beaten them on day 1 would be pushed to 3rd place. Hoboes CC won the toss and chose to bat. And bat they did, a destructive partnership of Julien Russell with 86 and Darren Eckford who ended up 100 not out with a 6 off the final ball of the innings to get his ton, saw the total fly to 277 for 6. In all this big hitting, Lightnings Faiz Bhat bowled an absurd spell of 4 overs, 3 wickets for just 19 runs, in such a match, this needed to be recognised. Lightning started steady but it was the entry of Tariq Iqbal that exploded Lightning into life, ending up with 108 in just 34 balls, the ground was mostly watching mouth open enormous 6’s, of length the ground hasn’t witnessed before. Unfortunately the finish line was just out of reach and the hosts finished on 266, just 11 short. This meant Levante Lightning finished top of the round robin league and Hoboes CC just finished second on net run rate ahead of a very unlucky Bidborough CC.

Click here or on image for score book – Match 6

Finals day started with some drizzle. The 3rd place match was reduced as a result to 15 overs and a good fun match was attended by the whole Bidborough squad who was a great bunch of guys. They didn’t allow Levante Thunder a chance to take their first win of the tournament and officially took 3rd place with a 7 wicket win.

Click here or on image for score book – 3rd Place

After the antics in the match the day before, the final was always going to be a little more tactical and both sides will have learnt a thing or two about their opposition. Hoboes CC won the toss and put Lightning into bat. After the very large number of wides the day before, Hoboes were on target and toppled the opening pair within the first couple of overs. Tariq Iqbal and Asad Raza (55 off 23) however kicked on and were looking in destructive form before a mix up saw Tariq run out. Wickets began to fall and a score of around 170 looked likely before Faiz Bhat stepped up for a cameo of 35 and pushed the score through to 202. Hoboes went in and after losing Fernandes early Lightning’s tails were up however this was all they really had to celebrate as Darren Eckford put on another great unbeaten innings of 76 not out and managed the chase perfectly, reaching the target and 203 in 18.2 overs.

HOBOES CC – VALENCIA SMASH! 2019 CHAMPIONS

Click here or on image for score book – FINAL

Following the final 70 players and supporters enjoyed free-flowing drinks, tapas, paella, awards and presentations and plenty of laughs before the visiting teams embarked on their final night in Valencia. A massive thank you to the umpires Rico, Dave and George and also tournament referee John Howden from Cricket España who is a vital part of the tournament and cricket support in Valencia and across the country.

Finally to those at Levante CC who helped make this years Valencia Smash! such a memorable one, from help setting up each day, the Smash! music and more. And of course without the brilliant visitors from both Bidborough CC and Hoboes CC, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.

AWARDS
Best Batsman – Darren Eckford (292 in four matches with 3 n/o)
Best Bowler – Charlie Fernandes (7 for 108)
Champagne Moment – Julian Russell (One handed catch and highest wicket taker of the Smash!)
Smash! Awards – Tariq Iqbal (108 in 34 balls and the biggest 6 seen at the VCG) and George Barrett (Hat trick)

TOURNAMENT INDIVIDUAL BOWLING & BATTING STATS CLICK HERE

To be part of the 2020 Valencia Smash! T20, contact us now by emailing info@valenciasportstours.com

 

THANKS to WOODSTOCK who kindly donated some of their stunningly brilliant cricket equipment to Levante CC to use for a fundraising raffle during the tournament. This is massively appreciated and this kind of support allows clubs like ours to continue to progress and function in Spain. WE HIGHLY recommend you visit their website by clicking on the image below!

La Liga Coaches to Visit UK, Book Your Session

Levante UD International Training and Valencia Sports Tours continue their partnership with an exciting opportunity this Autumn for Schools and Clubs in the UK. For the third time in the last 12 months, we will be sending two of the Levante UD coaching staff to the UK for a week to deliver coaching sessions that will allow all those taking park to experience coaching of the very highest level and also the methodology and ethos that the club instill through their own academy to their top flight La Liga first team.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LEVANTE UD INTERNATIONAL TRAINING IN THE UK DOWNLOADABLE BROCHURE

OR CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US NOW

All of the information is available via this direct link to the downloadable brochure. This is a unique opportunity and also great value. Levante UD are a club who pride themselves in their connection to the local Valencian community and you will experience this same passion within their coaching sessions in the UK. Click on the link to the brochure and book your sessions now!

Potential available coaching dates – Tuesday 29 October to Sunday 3 November

CLICK HERE FOR THE LEVANTE UD INTERNATIONAL TRAINING IN THE UK DOWNLOADABLE BROCHURE

OR CLICK HERE TO EMAIL US NOW

Should your school or club be interested in Levante UD staff coming to your area, please get in touch. Also, make sure you contact us concerning tours to Valencia which can include sessions with Levante UD plus friendly matches against local opposition. For high level teams and academies, potential matches vs the Levante UD and Villarreal CF academy sides are possible.

The New La Liga Season 19/20. See the worlds best in Valencia!

We are just weeks away from the start of the new football season with both Valencia clubs, Valencia CF and Levante UD taking their place in the top flight of the Spanish league set up. Valencia CF go back into the champions league pot while Levante UD seem to have secured their place as a regular in the primera liga and another good run in the Copa Del Rey will be on their radar.

As always, we will be offering packages and tickets to all Valencia and Levante matches across the season. Whether you are visiting Valencia already and want to add some match day tickets to your visit or visit Spain’s 3rd largest city specifically for a match, just talk to us and we will create the perfect package for your at great value.

With this in mind, take a look at some of the fixture dates of several of the key matches including visits of the big three and local derbies, now get booked in early –

23rd August – Levante UD VS Villarreal
3rd November – Levante UD VS Barcelona
1st December – Valencia CF VS Villarreal
8th December – Levante UD VS Valencia CF
15th December – Valencia CF VS Real Madrid
26th January – Valencia CF VS Barcelona
16th February – Valencia CF VS Atletico Madrid
23rd February – Levante UD VS Real Madrid
15th March – Valencia CF VS Levante UD
13th April – Levante UD VS Atletico Madrid

Click here to ask any questions or to book any match for either Valencia CF or Levante UD across the entire season.

 

Valencia Half Marathon, 27 October 2019

This world renowned half marathon returns to the streets of the wonderful city of Valencia on Sunday 27 October. This IAAF Gold Standard race attracts the best athletes from across the globe as well as club and social runners, making this a race with excitement and sensational atmosphere.

The flat and fast Valencia course, as well as perfect running climate at the end of October, this race has seen both Half Marathon world records broken over the last 3 years, both of which are still held (mens – 58:18 minutes, by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum 2018 and womens – 64:51 minutes, by Kenyan Joyciline Jepkosgei 2017).

For this years half marathon, we have created the perfect package at excellent value for those visiting from the UK and beyond, offering hotel, airport transfers, race registration and administration plus all the support and information you need for the race and of course on the ground knowledge of the city we live and love which we want to pass to you.

Click HERE to contact us!

The stunning course takes in all the major sights of the city including the Plaza Ayuntamiento, Port and Beach area, Torres de Serano, Valencia football clubs famous Mestalla Stadium and of course the breathtaking City of Arts and Science, where the race both starts and finishes.

Our package –

3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast, arrive Friday 25 or Saturday 26 October
Valencia Half Marathon entrance fee and all administration
Local Federation license required
Airport transfers
Advice and support on any further aspects of your weekend

Price per person – £339

Now is the time to get in touch and book your place. It is a sort after ticket, so make sure you are a part of it.

Click HERE to contact us!