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Valencia Smash! 2019 to support Chance to Shine once more

Cricket in Spain is very much an expat sport with many players from the teams here, including our own Levante CC, coming from the UK and many of the most popular cricketing nations. The development of the sport in Valencia and Spain as a whole is something Cricket España continue to strive towards in a very difficult climate and with amazing dedication, something Levante CC and Valencia Sports Tours admire. The Valencia Smash! T20 Tournament was launched in 2017 as an annual event that would look to attract teams from across Europe and beyond to Valencia for a 3 day tournament, alongside hosts and local side Levante CC. The idea was to not only offer excellent cricket for the hosts, but the chance to shine a bright light on cricket in the city and Spain as a whole, bringing the focus to a sport that needs local support and inclusion to see cricket become an option for young people and adults to be involved in over the years to come.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

So why is the Valencia Smash! and Valencia Sports Tours supporting a UK charity, Chance to Shine?

For the 2018 tournament we donated part of the individual player costs for the tournament to Chance to Shine. This is something we will repeat again in 2019. Chance to Shine is a charity that “aims to give all children the opportunity to play and learn through cricket”. Their work within schools and communities not only allows children to learn and enjoy the sport of cricket, but assists in personal, physical and social development. It is also a fantastic way to keep cricket alive and reach more and more young people in the UK, which is why Chance to Shine work with 39 county cricket boards across England and Wales.

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

Without going into lots of detail about Chance to Shine and what they do (we recommend you visit their website by clicking on the Chance to Shine banner below to find out more as it is fantastic), their programmes alongside their values are areas we can learn a lot from here in Valencia and Spain. Learning from such a pioneering and forward thinking charity can only assist the development of our own structure and how we can bring cricket to people young and old everywhere. Without a charity leading the way in this area, although outside of the country we play cricket, the cricketing community would suffer greatly. Which is why we feel our support from Valencia is valuable in the long term to cricket worldwide. In addition, with Valencia Sports Tours a UK company too, we are fully aware and grateful to charities such as this, who do so much for young people, especially within inner cities who just don’t have many of the opportunities they fully deserve.

For the 2019 Valencia Smash! we have two teams confirmed alongside hosts Levante CC and just one more team is required to complete the line up meaning we are two thirds towards meeting our target donation to Chance to Shine for this year. If you think you and your club would like to take part in this great tournament in a wonderful city, please get in touch now!

Click HERE for all the info on the Valencia Smash! 2019

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

Shimmy n Groove Fitness return September 2019

City Break and Fitness Weekend Combined

City Break and Fitness Weekend Combined

In 2018 Shimmy In Spain saw 16 people from the south east of England visit Valencia to enjoy a long weekend of Fitness plus the bonus of the perfect city break. Combining fitness classes, wellness, sight seeing, great food and company, the weekend was such a hit, we do it all again from 19-22 September 2019. Run by the fantastic Shimmy n Groove from Essex, the weekend is aimed at both women and men of mixed ability.

The Fitness

The Fitness

For 2019, there will be a number of different classes in various locations, Aqua Gym and sunrise yoga in the pool on the hotel roof, studio time for classes such as Groove, Block Fit and Strength and Sculp plus complimentary wellness classes to wind down the sessions. In addition, there will be a 3 hour bike tour which will also offer some additional fitness activity while being able to take in and enjoy the stunning Valencia sights and landscape.

The City and Culture

The City and Culture

Valencia is a wonderful city that offers a combination of city break and beach holiday. Although Spain's 3rd largest city, it is relatively small in comparison to other major cities. During your stay, you will see all the city has to offer through a stunning bike tour, discover the beautiful natural park of Albufera, the birth place of Paella and visit incredible restaurants both at the beach and in the centre, plus the weekend finishes with dinner and Flamenco show, a unique experience.

The Detail

The Detail

The weekend includes all fitness and wellness classes, 3 night accommodation in a central Valencia hotel, full board at carefully selected restaurants, city bike tour, Albufera excursion and boat trip, Flamenco show/dinner and airport transfers. Even with all this we have allowed Saturday afternoon free for you to explore, shop, beach, pool or whatever you desire. Should you wish to add further nights to your stay, we of course can arrange this also.

Book Now!

Book Now!

The complete package price is £460, however you can secure your place with just a £60 deposit. Just click on the link below to contact us by email and we will contact you back as soon as we can.

*Flights are not included. The following airports fly direct to Valencia - Easyjet - Gatwick, Luton, Ryanair - Stansted, East Midlands, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, British Airways - Heathrow

EMAIL US NOW BY CLICKING HERE - info@valenciasportstours.com

Valencia Marathon 2019, be part of it!

 

On Sunday 1 December 2019, take part in the Valencia Marathon with Valencia Sports Tours. 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.

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. In 2018, the city held the IAAF World Championships Half Marathon in the spring, followed by the Valencia Half Marathon in October and Marathon in December. In addition, the IAAF in 2018 awarded both the half marathon and marathon Gold Label standard due to its exceptional climate for running at this time of year and flowing flat course. To highlight this, both male and female half marathon world records have been set on the Valencia course in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

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

In 2018 the race saw 22,000 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 15-17ºC. With a wonderful atmosphere created all around the race, it really is becoming one of the most sort after marathon tickets around.

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 for your visit and understand dealing with such a booking from outside of Spain can be awkward.

Our package –

3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast, arrive Friday 29 or Saturday 30 Nov
Valencia Marathon entrance fee
Local Federation license required
Airport transfers
Advice and support on any further aspects of your weekend

Price per person – £339

Price based on two people sharing a room and transfers. We are also able to create bespoke packages to suit your needs, with alternative star accommodation, apartments, further nights, massage and spa post race, half and full board at hand picked restaurants or hotel, activities or anything else that you want to experience while in Valencia. Non runner packages can also be offered.

“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

Watch the video and be inspired

The 3rd edition of the Valencia Smash! T20 to take place 18 – 20 October 2019

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 3rd edition of the international T20 tournament, the Valencia Smash!

Taking place from 18 – 20 October 2019, 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 regain the trophy after success in 2017 against the excellent West Hagley in the final, was followed by narrow defeat against the first team to visit from India, Mumbai Jaguars in 2018.

Even before the tournament dates for 2019 were announced, there has been great interest and including the hosts, we have a team from Essex and of course Spain in place for this years Smash! So with just two places remaining, time to 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 17 – Mon 21 Oct)
  • Nets session Thursday if requested
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Tournament dinner (Tapas and Paella) served outside at the ground following the final
  • Awards and trophies
  • Bar serving beers at only €1.30!!
  • Cricket España tournament umpires and referee
  • £10 from your entrance cost will be donated to raise funds for registered UK charity, Chance To Shine (Click their logo below to visit their website)

Register your team by 31 January and your team will receive the reduced rate of £299 per person.

With just two places remaining we recommend you get registered quick so get in touch now! First payment is just £300 to secure the place of your club with the balance split over two further payments.

You can enter your team by contacting us via the contact page or 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.

*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 via the contact page or by email HERE.

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

Watch Barcelona vs Levante in Valencia this January – Incredible offer!!

Last night in the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, Lionel Messi delivered a performance like I have never seen in that stadium or in person before. Barcelone won 5-0, putting to bed any hopes of the local Valencians that a dramatic 5-4 victory as was seen last season, would happen again.

With a hatrick and two assists, Messi was influential in all goals and aside from that was simply everywhere, controlling the game from start to finish. His assist for Suarez for the opener was sublime and it just went from there. For the neutral, this match must have been fantastic and although hard to watch at times as a Levante supporter, it was just a wonderful display of individual brilliance to watch, just as it would have been watching Maradona in Naples in years past.

On 10 JANUARY 2019, we go again. Levante have drawn Barcelona in the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey. Barcelona head back to Valencia for the first leg of the tie and we are offering a package that is just crazy value, but it is Christmas so what the heck!

Package price per person – £165* (kids £145)

Includes –
Return airport transfers
1 Night in a 3* hotel with breakfast (10-11 Jan)
Tickets to the Match (7pm Thursday 10 Jan)

*Price based on two sharing transfers and hotel room
Single person supplement + £65 (total £230)

Currently, flights out of London with Ryanir (Stansted) and Easyjet (Gatwick) on 10th, and returning the following day are around £50 ONLY, including a 10kg cabin bag and all charges.

THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT XMAS PRESENT!

We can arrange many other activities for your stay, including Spa options, restaurants, tourist attractions and more, just talk to us now by email to info@valenciasportstours.com or by phone or WhatsApp to +44(0)7870 21547
The available of the package at the above price is limited so get in quick.

Check out our February pacakges for the visit of Real Madrid to Levante UD too here.

Visit Valencia for Levante VS Real Madrid on 24 February

On the 24 February Real Madrid make the trip to Valencia to play against Levante UD in the top flight of La Liga and you can be there to experience Spanish football at its best.

Having lost at home to an ever improving Levante side earlier in the seasion, Real Madrid will be bringing their big guns to the east coast. Levante will want to continue to progress with their incredible turnaround that has happened since the appointment of Paco Lopez as manager back in March, where they have gone from relegation battling to european competition possibles.

The Package –

  • 1, 2 or 3 nights in a central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast
  • Ticket to the match, Levante UD vs Real Madrid

Price per person –

1 night (Sun 24 – Mon 25) – £125
2 nights (Sat 23 – Mon 25) – £169
3 nights (Fri 22 – Mon 25) – £210

Add return airport transfer for £25 per person

(Price based on 2 people sharing a room and transfers)

Of course should you wish to add or remove the number of nights and add further bespoke elements to your visit such as restaurant bookings, golf, spa, VIP club bookings etc, we can create the perfect weekend package for you.

In addition, flight prices are as little as £65 return, so take advantage of this fantastic opportunity, at a price you will not get anywhere else.

Contact us via email – info@valenciasportstours.com – or by phone to 07870 215474 now!

Watch the highlights from their recent match at the Bernabeu below –

 

The New La Liga Season Is Upon Us – Be Part Of It

With the world cup barely over, Premier League transfer window shut and season under way, here in Spain the league kicks off tonight so we are taking a look at some of the summer transfer activity and what we can expect from the teams this season, especially local sides Valencia CF and Levante UD.

MAKE SURE YOU VISIT VALENCIA THIS SEASON WITH US AND ENJOY MATCHES AT BOTH VALENCIA AND LEVANTE! CONTACT US HERE

Although we want to talk about our two local clubs, the transfer story of the summer in Spain was of course the move for CR7 from Real Madrid to Juventus so we are starting in the capital.  Everyone will have their opinion on this move however VST thinks this is the beneficial deal for everyone concerned. This did start the Modric to Italy rumours which his Agent was all too happy to flame the fire, with the result being a big new bumper contract for the Croatian. A more cynical man might say this rumour was created for exactly this reason. No other moves out of the club have disrupted their first team. Coming in, high-profile transfers for World Cup Golden Glove winner Thibaut Courtois and €45million for 18-year-old Brazilian winger Júnior are the two that have court the eye plus solid full back Álvaro Odriozola moves to the capital from Real Sociedad. The Gareth Bale saga seems to have been put to bed with the move of Ronaldo with the Welsh man set to be their main man for the season under the new coach. Neymar to Real Madrid and now Pogba has been the talking point but both very unlikely, but a move for Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno seems more likely with Los Che hoping to fend them off after a quality season last year. The Super Cup loss has the press chatting about further moves but we don’t see anything of any significance happening now.

A transformation last season by Valencia saw them back towards the top of the league and quite easily secured 4th spot and a champions league place. This brings its own problems with most of Europe’s big spenders sniffing around. This is not something Valencia aren’t used to with the likes of Silva, Mata, Villa, Alba, Otamendi, Soldado and more leaving for big fees in recent times. They have already put a big no entry sign up for Geoffrey Kondogbia (pictured) who some of the Premier League clubs had been sniffing around, a player who was a massive addition to the midfield on loan last year from Inter, who they took the option to buy this summer for €25m. Another exciting addition for Los Che is Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi who is on a season long loan. I think this is a great move for both parties and see the Belgium scoring an absolute hat full this term. An exciting season ahead and the fans and board alike will hope for no further loses during this final week and if this can be the case, then VST would expect another 4th place finish for Valencia CF.

CHECK ALL VALENCIA CF LEAGUE FIXTURES HERE

Levante UD were an unknown package last season. After smashing La Liga 2 securing promotion, the club were positive about the season ahead. With one win in just over 5 months after a great start, the writing seemed to be on the wall and relegation loomed. A change of manager early march and 25 points from a possible 33 to finish, including the 5-4 win over Barcelona to prevent an invincible season, they ended up a respectable 15th. For a small local family club like Levante, Bournemouth had been looking at a transfer for Columbian defensive midfielder Jerfferson Lerma prior to the world cup at a fee of around €17m, and this amount is hard to turn down. After an impressive tournament, he eventually left for a whopping €25m, a record sale for the club. It will be a big loss, but Levante have been quick to invest with club record signings for Ghanian hit man Raphael Dwamena (pictured) for €6m, before smashing this just a few days ago for attacking midfielder Nikola Vukcevic for €9m from Braga. Goals and quality in the final third were a big problem last season and with Nigerian winger Moses Simon also another quality attacking addition, they will hope all three hit the ground running. Defensively Coke has been bought from Schalke although the experienced Spaniard was with the club last term on loan. The big question is will the loss of Lerma affect the balance and defensive qualities. As big fans of the club here at VST (we are partnered with Levante UD as part of their international training programmes), we sincerely hope not.

CHECK ALL OF LEVANTE UD LEAGUE FIXTURES HERE

Last years champions have strengthened again with four purchases which will really add to the current side. Improving the spine and depth with new centre back Lenglet from Sevilla and central midfielders Arthur from Brazil and Vidal from Bayern will offer competition for places. Winger Malcom (pictured) has been on the radar for many of the top European sides but to Catalonia he has gone. Going out is world cup star Yerry Mina who looks a great buy for Everton but with minimal opportunities at the champions and €30m fee, this is a good move for Barca. A few other fringe players have made their exit but it is the loss of Iniesta which will be interesting to see how they fill this massive whole. The Xavi/Iniesta era is now over and what an era it was. It seems highly unlikely that any of the other top four sides will bridge the massive gap that is between them and Barcelona so money is on the champions to retain their title. But it is the Champions League that the supporters want to see an improvement in this season, nothing short of a win will do.

With Real Madrid going through more changes including the manager, losing their talisman and a pretty poor performance last year, Atletico Madrid are, for us, bang on for second place again this season. Their key players have stayed such as Griezmann, the defence is one of the best around, Costa will continue to produce and they have strengthened again this summer while getting rid of some of those surplice to requirements. One of the buys of the summer, although hardly a bargain at €63m, was Thomas Lemar. The former Monaco winger will be the perfect addition to the side, offering more pace, width and goals to the side. In addition the capture of proven La Liga holding midfielder Rodri will add even more stability. Improved in both defence and attack, Atletico are the only side who could potentially challenge Barcelona in our view. A decent start against Valencia away on match day one is vital.

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Around the rest of the league, the other big money transfer outside of the top 4 and Valencia sides was Bilboa keeper Kepa to Chelsea for €80m. Sevilla as expected lost N’Zonzi to Roma and also winger Correa to Lazio and have used some of the money to try to find suitable replacements, Betis who had a great season last year finishing 6th, have picked up a decent defensive midfielder from Sporting Lisbon in William Carvalho and plenty of fringe players from the top 4 have found their way into other top flight Spanish sides and we can guarantee with varying success.

As always it will be interesting to see how the promoted sides take to the top flight. Last years promoted teams Getafe, Girona and Levante finished 8th, 10th and 15th (very) respectfully with the relegated teams a massive 14 points away from the next team in 16th. The three promoted in Valladolid, Huesca and Rayo Vallecano will need to hit the ground running to pick up some decent point over the first couple of months to stand any chance of staying up. It will be difficult for any of the chasing pack of Villareal, Betis and Sevilla to break into that top four this season. Only Villarreal we feel have potentially strengthened following summer sales with the hope Santi Corzola finds the fitness and quality to come back into the game in the best possible way following his terrible few years of injury. If Valencia however slip up, I have no doubt the Yellow Submarine will be ready to pounce.

A great season ahead of us and make sure you check all of the Valencia CF and Levante UD fixtures and contact us to book your package and tickets right now!

Our predictions –

Top 6

Barcelona
Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid
Valencia
Villareal
Sevilla

Relegated –

Leganes
Huesca
Valladolid

 

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 very first time, we will be sending two of the Levante UD coaching staff to Essex and London 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 –
ESSEX AND SOUTH EAST – 7 – 11 November 2018
REST OF UK – From early 2019

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 check out our trips to Valencia for clubs which can include sessions with Levante UD plus friendly matches against local opposition. For high level teams, potential matches vs the Levante UD academy sides are possible.

FITC Football Academy visit Valencia

The Essex based football academy FITC visited Valencia in May with 12 players (and 12 parents) and three coaches including the head of the academy, Nicky Fitch. The plan was to take in the footballing sites of the city before enjoying a coaching session with local top flight side Levante UD, before a friendly match against the same clubs academy, a very exciting prospect for both FITC and Valencia Sports Tours alike as this was our first collaboration with Levante UD in this manner.

Day 1 – Arrival and the Mestalla

With FITC staying for two nights, every part of the trip was taken care of. After the coach collected the group from the airport and checked into the hotel, following a little refreshment, it was back on the coach and straight to Valencia CFs famous Mestalla Stadium for a tour. A club steeped in history, with players such as Kempes, Ayala, Silva, Villa and more adorning the walls, plus the chance to take in the changing rooms and of course go pitchside and sit in the dugouts, this was a great way to start the tour for everyone involved. With all the football activities on day two, it was now time to relax for the rest of the afternoon and evening. With the FITC hotel accommodation featuring a great pool on the roof and the famous Valencia blue skies prominent, most of the group spent the afternoon in or around the water, while others took to the Turia park and a visit into the old town area of El Carmen. A three course meal included at the hotel brought everyone together in the evening before the long day took its toll.

Day 2 – Levante UD

Valencia Sports Tours partnership with Levante UD allows teams to come to Valencia and train at their facilities just north of the city. Should the visiting sides be of a high standard, we are also able to offer friendly fixtures against the Levante academy sides, offering both parties the opportunity to test their metal against international opposition. This is what FITC came for and the day didn’t disappoint.

The day started with the short drive to Levante’s stadium (Estadi Ciutat de Valencia) where they were greeted by Ferdi, one of their coaches for the session later on but also the man who would take the group around the club’s stadium. Levante has a very different feel to Valencia, a smaller club without as many trophies but more than a match with their history. Taking the kids into the Levante family was the message and this led perfectly into the coaching session which took place at their Buñol training ground. Ferdi and two other coaches (including the club’s youth goalkeeping coach) took an hour and a half session with FITC, working through exercises which encompassed the clubs methodology. Thoroughly enjoyed by all, this led into lunch before Nicky and his two FITC coaches had the opportunity to sit with Pablo Rota, head of methodology at Levante UD, an opportunity that was gratefully received by Nicky and his team.

Following a break and lunch, it was onto the game. The U12 side from Essex started with real pressure, fully dominating the opening period they were able to take control of the game with two goals unanswered in the first half, although Levante showed glimpses of what they could offer. Following the break a hard-fought game saw the home side come back with two second half goals to draw level but it was FITC who seemed to finish the stronger but honours remained even at the final whistle.

The day finished around the dining table at the hotel, discussing the day that had passed. With the evening of free time the final part of the trip before the coach back to the airport in the morning of Day 3, the time seemed to have flown by. The players, parents and staff all returned to the UK with many memories and positive experiences to take home with them.

We can’t wait to see FITC again in the future and thanks to Nicky and Daniel at Levante UD for their commitment to making the tour a successful one.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR TOURS, CONTACT US HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON FITC AND THEIR ACADEMY IN ESSEX, VISIT THIER SITE HERE