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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.

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Valencia CF and Levante UD La Liga Round Up

Valencia Mestalla

The weekend of 19 May saw two important events here in Valencia, my birthday and the final weekend of the La Liga season for our two local sides. Although in different halves of the table, both sides have achieved more than was expected of them, with both clubs and sets of fans very happy with the final positions.

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For Levante UD, after a stunning previous season that saw them walk the second division and secure promotion to the top flight, the prime target was stay in the league and not head straight back down. Levante started well with two wins and three draws in their first five matches (including a win against Villareal and draws away to Real Madrid and home to local rivals Valencia). However, things took a very sharp turn for the worse, with only one win from the end of September 2017 until the board sacked manager Muniz on 4 March 2018, the Granotas were in a very different position, precariously placed near the bottom of the table and a very bleak outlook. The board promoted reserve team coach and former Levante player Paco Lopez to take over until the end of the season. Although this temporary appointment didn’t fill Levante supporters with promise, it couldn’t have gone any better, in fact no one could quite believe the transformation. With a title chasing 25 points from an available 33, including a 5-4 home victory against Barcelona in the penultimate game of the season (the champions only defeat of an almost perfect season) Levante UD finished in a very respectable 15th, 17 points off the relegation zone and only 14 points away from a European spot. The club finished on a massive high and we hope they can take this into the new season.

Levante UD beat Barcelona 5-4 to stop their unbeaten season

Valencia CF were consistent from day one. With both Real and Athletico Madrid as opponents in their first 3 matches, drawing against both and winning their opener meant only Barcelona’s perfect start separating what would end up as the final top four teams. Valencia ran through until Xmas on good form with Real Madrid slipping up on several occasions, so by Xmas Eve, Valencia were just 2 points behind Athletico on 36 and 3 ahead of Real on 31. Form and morale was high and with Sevilla in 5th position with a very hit and miss type of season, it was Valencia’s champions league spot to lose.

2018 started well for Los Che, winning their first few matches and pulling away from a rocking Real Madrid side who drew to Celta Vigo and then lost at home to Villareal, before they undone all their hard work with a loss to Las Palmas, who would eventually be relegated. Then two further losses, a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Real followed by another to Athletico away the week after and the tables were finally turning. Would Valencia be able to rally and stay in contention? Yes they could! Back on track with wins against local rivals Levante and then bottom club Malaga saw them pick themselves up and move away from any challengers behind and well in contention for 3rd spot alongside Real Madrid, with Athletico Madrid the only side anywhere near Barcelona. The results kept coming, but with Real also moving at the same rate, Valencia ended up in a very strong 4th position on 73 points, some 12 points ahead of closest rivals Villareal and looking a completely different side to the one who finished 12th the previous year with just 46 points having suffered 18 losses. New manager Marcelino has done a fantastic job following on from ‘Caretaker’ manager Voro after he took the club through to the end of last season following a terrible period under Italian Prandelli.

So Valencia CF move into next season with Champions League football to look forward to and Levante UD looked every bit a decent side by the end of the season, with every chance of kicking on and shedding the yo-yo club moniker it has somewhat obtained from recent years. Moving into the 2018/19 season, there will more incredible matches like the 5-4 Levante win VS Barca, Real’s 4-1 win at the Mestalla, local derby matches, Copa Del Rey and Champions League to look forward to in Valencia. Make sure you take the opportunity to visit this wonderful city and experience the best sport in the world here too!

Barry Eaton

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2018 Valencia Smash! T20 Tournament Dates Announced

After the success of the first ever international Cricket tournament to take place in Valencia in 2017, the Valencia Smash! T20 is back and dates have been confirmed as 19 – 21 October 2018. Will you be part of it??

Local hosts Levante CC took the tournament trophy home in 2017 following a close fought final against the excellent West Hagley. Three more teams from the UK will be welcomed to Valencia to take on current champions this autumn.

You can enter your team by contacting us via the contact page or by email HERE. The cost of entering this year will be just £299 per person and this cost includes –

  • 4 x T20 matches over 3 days
  • 4 nights in a central 3* hotel with breakfast, walking distance to the ground (Thurs 18 – Mon 22 Oct)
  • Nets session Thursday
  • 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!!
  • £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)

With only three spaces available, get in touch straight away so you can reserve your place. Only a £300 deposit is required to book a place for your club so don’t delay.

In addition, you will have all your evenings free to make the most of, what we think is one of the most exciting and stunning cities in Europe!

Check out 2017 post tournament video for a taste of the action.

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

Take Part in the Valencia Marathon – 2 December 2018

MARATON_2013_2 Valencia Sports Tours are offering a fantastic Valencia Marathon package perfect for all running enthusiasts, giving you the chance to take part in the 2018 Valencia Marathon on Sunday 2 December. The package is detailed below, but in short, we allow you to concentrate on your running and enjoy the experience as we take care of all the rest!
The first Valencia Marathon was held in the city in 1981 and has developed over the years to become the most exciting running event on the calendar in Valencia and a massive attraction for international runners to experience with the most recent 2017 event welcoming over 20,000 from 89 countries to take part, making this a truly international event with an atmosphere second to none!
The race takes you around the whole city, starting and finishing from the breathtaking City of Arts and Science, the flat route takes you around the Americas Cup port, Mestalla football stadium, Torres de Serranos, Plaza Ayuntamiento, Plaza de Torros, Palau de Musica and so much more. With a temperature at this time of year around 12-17 degrees and rain rare in Valencia, the climate is perfect for this sort of distance. In addition, there is a 10k race that runs alongside the marathon for anyone coming in groups or with friends who prefer the shorter distance, they can still take part.

The Package

The Package

- 3 nights in centrally located hotel, 30 November to 3 December

- Breakfast included (including special Marathon early breakfast on 2nd

- Marathon entry and federation registration including all costs

- Airport transfers

The Price

The Price

3* Hotel - Runners £319, non runners £199. 4 and 5* options available on request.

Prices available until 25 June 2018, based on 2 people sharing. RUNNING CLUBS AND LARGE GROUPS POSSIBLE. Single room occupancy available. Bespoke packages available including additional nights and services. Contact us for more information or to book your trip via our contacts page.

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Visit Valencia and watch Valencia CF VS Real Madrid this January – Offer

With Valencia flying high in La Liga, this fixture takes on another dimension this January. Valencia VS Real Madrid has always held some tension and magic but with the positions of both teams at present, for several years, this fixture has not had the importance in respect of league positioning than it has this season.

Following Real Madrid’s loss on 2016/17 season here at the Mestalla, they will be desperate to revenge this defeat as well as set themselves up for the remainder of the season in their chase for the title. Valencia on the other hand will hope they are still hot on the tails of Barcelona at the end of January and want to push Real Madrid further away from challenging.

All is set up of an amazing match on the weekend of 27 January and you can be here in Valencia to watch the occasion unfold.

 

FROM AN INCREDIBLE £279, YOU CAN VISIT THE CITY WITH THIS PACKAGE –

2 NIGHTS IN A CENTRAL 3* HOTEL WITH BREAKFAST – Either Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday (match 27 January, 16:15)
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
TICKETS TO SEE VALENCIA VS REAL MADRID

PLUS, the following week, Real Madrid return to Valencia to play another La Liga match against Levante at Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, and we will be offering the same package from £245.

We will be happy to advise you on all elements of your stay from places to visit, eat and drink and anything else you would like to experience in Valencia.

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Price based on two people sharing a room. Single person supplement available.
Additional nights or reduced length of stay possible, please contact us to discuss your options.
Airport transfers from Valencia Airport to hotel only. Transfer options from Castellon (1 hour) and Alicante (2 hours) available at additional cost.

PRICES ABOVE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DEPENDING ON TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR EITHER MATCH

 

Black Friday Offer – Levante UD VS Real Madrid Package, SAVE £60 per person!

We have decided to get involved with the Black Friday madness and offer a rediculously cheap package for 2 people to visit Valencia for the match between locals Levante UD and Real Madrid over the first weekend of February (2nd to the 5th).

FOR ONE DAY ONLY, BLACK FRIDAY OFFER – £185 PER PERSON
(Based on two people sharing a room)

Package from Friday 2 to Monday 5 February includes –
3 NIGHTS IN A 3* CENTRAL HOTEL WITH BREAKFAST
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
TICKETS TO LEVANTE UD VS REAL MADRID @ ESTADI CIUTAT DE VALENCIA
Plus all the advice and support you need to make the whole weekend a special one.

In addition, should you be a couple and wish to bring a child with you, just add an additional £100.

To book, just contact us HERE VIA OUR SITE, email info@valenciasportstours.com or call 07870 215 474 NOW!! You will be required to pay a deposit of just £100 with the balance to be paid by 1 January 2018.

THESE PACKAGES ARE FOR A LIMITED NUMBER AND AT A SAVING OF £60 PER PERSON!! ONCE SOLD OUT, PRICE WILL INCREASE TO £245 PER PERSON & £140 FOR ADDITIONAL CHILD. OFFER CLOSES AT 8PM FRIDAY 24 NOVEMBER.

Packages for Valencia VS Real Madrid are available for the weekend of 27 January 2018 also, prices for the 3 night package start at £250 per person based on 2 sharing. Use same contact details as above for booking.

You can tailor your package to add or reduce number of nights, remove breakfast option, book restaurants, clubs, excursions and much more. Just contact us to discuss in more detail.

A Fantastic First Valencia Smash! T20 International Cricket Tournament

Valencia Sports Tours with the support of Levante CC and Cricket España welcomed 4 cricket clubs from the UK to the city of Valencia for the inaugural Valencia Smash! International T20 Tournament.

Played over 4 days of sunshine from 19 – 22 October,  a total of 10 matches took place at the VCG (or as the locals call it, Campo de Beisbol) with sides Cowley Drifters, Freshfields, Herts Vets and West Hagley all making the trip to Valencia.

Day 1 saw West Hagley edge out Freshfields and hosts Levante CC beat Cowley Drifters with the latter of the two matches played under lights, a novelty to the visiting side and maybe just gave hosts Levante a slight advantage.
Day 2 began at 10am with matches all day until 10pm! West Hagley continued their winning streak with a win against Herts Vets under the evening lights, plus a second win for Levante against Freshfields saw both clubs moving ahead of the rest at the end of day 2. Cowley also overcome Freshfields but it was their match against Herts Vets that was the game of the day. Cowley set a record T20 score at the VCG 274, only to be chased down by some rediculous batting by the Vets, setting the new ground record of 279.

Night cricket on day one

Day 3 began with Freshfields posting their first win of the tournament after overcoming Herts Vets who also succumb to a vibrant local team which meant Levante sat top of the table. So it was down to West Hagley and Cowley. Should West Hagley beat the Drifters, they would guaratee their place in the final by finishing in the top two with Levante, however, should Cowley overcome their rivals, they would send West Hagley into the final day needing a result against Levante. It wasn’t to be for Cowley as West Hagley were too strong, however, a great game was blessed with some quality cricket.

Plenty of Food and Beers consumed over the 4 days!

Day 4. With both West Hagley and Levante guaranteed the top two spots, their scheduled morning final group game match was cancelled and all eyes were focussed on the final which began at 1pm in the glorious autumn blue skies and sunshine. With Levante winning the toss and selecting to bat, we knew we were in for a competitive match as the two sides looked very equal over the days passed. And the final proved just that! Some excellent bowling from the West Hagley team kept the Levante score down to 168 for 9 from their 20 overs with the only shining light a quality 66 from opening batsman Azah Abbas. As scores over the previous days had suggested, this was going to be a tough task the home side to defend but defend they did. With some stunning batting from opener Hasam who made his 50 before being dismissed by Tariq, caught behind by Morgan. the quality batting of West Hagley edged ever closer to the total but were losing wickets along the way and as a result, their run rate slowing. Unfortunately for West Hagley, they couldn’t maintain the scoring pace and fell just short by 10 runs, making 158 for 9 off their 20 overs, with captain Rowan Pinkerton of Levante taking 3 crucial wickets.

So Levante CC picked up the winners trophy following a passionate and exciting final, with the match a fitting end to a wonderful 4 days of cricket, fun, laughs, plenty of food and certainly beers! In addition awards were shared out as follows –

Best Bowler – Ghulam Ali – West Hagley
Best Batsman – Alex Gotley – Cowley Drifters
Champagne Moment – Adeel Sajid – West Hagley (Bowled hatrick and 4 wickets in 5 balls in the same over)
The SMASH! Award – Harjit Singh (Broke nose on Saturday and came back to play the final Sunday)

Special thanks go to all the players, teams, umpires, scorers, the ground and bar who were open and available for every hour of every day and anyone else who made this an brilliant few days. Until 2018…….

If you want to be part of the Valencia Smash! 2018, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us now to reserve your place by CLICKING HERE

New November T20 Tournament in Valencia in support of the Tom Maynard Trust

From 3 to 5 November, Levante CC and Valencia will play host to a second T20 tournament of the autumn. This annual tournament in support of the Tom Maynard Trust will be played in Valencia for the first time, moving up the coast from their usual La Manga location.

Levante CC will be the hosts and local side involved with the tournament, which will see another 3 or 4 sides from the UK visit. There are places still available and your club could be part of it. The details are as follows –

  • 3 nights’ accommodation (arrive 3rd, depart 6th) including breakfast
  • Entry into the 3 day cricket tournament
  • Water during games
  • Friday evening light tea at the clubhouse
  • Sunday evening casual presentation dinner at the clubhouse – paella / tapas

Price – £245 per person, £195 per supporter

Flights are not included. There are direct flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow with Ryanair on Friday 3 November at great times to get you to the city before lunch time and currently at incredible value!! They return Monday 6 November. Easyjet and BA also fly direct from Gatwick.

With the Valencia Smash! leading the way this autumn but now sold out, this is the perfect post season social tournament to enjoy before your winter break.

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ADDITIONAL INFO –

Additional nights are available
Transfers available including from Alicante if this airport is preferred (1.45-2hours transfer)
The matches are played on artificial wicket and 4g outfield
Food and drink available at the ground all weekend

New La Liga season, visit & watch Valencia and newly promoted Levante!

This weekend sees the start of the new La Liga season and for 2017, with the dominating display of Levante UD last term, they now join Valencia in the top flight.

As a result you have double the opportunity to enjoy some of Europes best teams play in the city but not only that, the two local teams will square up twice in a hotly contested derby match which have been electric in past years.

Below we have highlighted some of the notable weekends available to you to come to Valencia and enjoy matches at the two great local stadiums, the imposing Mestalla and the Estadi Ciutat de València. Weekend of note for those looking to get as much football in as possible, the weekend of 24 November sees Valencia vs Barcelona and Levante vs Athletico Madrid!!

Get in touch now to book your football weekend and we will create a package perfect for you, with transfers, accommodation, match tickets, restaurants, nights out and more, whatever you want to get out of you weekend, we will provide. Packages start from an amazing £80!! Contact us here.

Matches of note –

Mon 21 Aug – 7:15pm: Levante vs Villareal – TICKETS & PACKAGES STILL AVAILABLE
Sat 9 Sept – 4:15pm: Valencia vs Athletico Madrid
w/k of 16 Sept: Levante vs Valencia
w/k of 21 Oct: Valencia vs Sevilla
w/k of 25 Nov: Valencia vs Barcelona AND Levante vs Athletico Madrid
w/k of 19 Dec: Valencia vs Villareal
w/k of 27 Jan: Valencia vs Real Madrid
w/k of 3 Feb: Levante vs Real Madrid
w/k of 10 Feb: Levante vs Valencia
w/k of 28 April: Levante vs Sevilla
w/k of 12 May: Levante vs Barcelona
Of course there are many other great matches and weekends of football for both sides so for all fixtures, visit the Sky Sports La Liga page HERE
Before booking flights, please wait for advice from us on the best dates for your trip.
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Last Post Season Cricket Tour Available!

We have one final weekend of Cricket available for 2017 here in Valencia. All post season weekends and our Inaugral Valencia Smash! tournament is complete so take this opportunity to enjoy a great finish to the season.

The package is quite specific due to availability of the local side and the ground itself but the weekend not only allows time for 2 matches, but also plenty of social time to enjoy the city and a couple of nights out!

DATES –
Arrival – Friday 27 October
Departure – Monday 30 October (extended stay for individuals or whole group possible)

PACKAGE DETAIL –
3 nights in central Valencia 3* hotel with breakfast
1 x T20 under lights (day/night match)
1 x limited over match
1 x lunch during limited over match
1 x club dinner after limited over match (Tapas, Paella and some drinks cooked and served outside at the ground)

PRICE PER PERSON – £225
Based on 12 tourists
Additional nights, transfers and other activities available on discussion

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