It all started with a couple of throw away comments about the possibility of doing a preseason tour with our under 16s. Various locales were suggested, networks searched and some pretty outlandish ideas thrown around. Eventually, we settled on Barcelona and it really is incredible how everything came together in such a short period time. A real testament to the support that our players have and which the club enjoys.
To say that our time and experience in Barcelona was a whirlwind is, in fact, an understatement. Travelling from Edinburgh to Spain and playing 4 matches in less than 48 hours was always going to be interesting. But our boys met the challenge head on and did themselves, their teammates and club very proud. We learned a lot about overcoming adversity, being supportive of one another and bonding as a team – the reasons why sport is so essential to healthy development.
We hope that this is the start of something unique at Blaze and that in future years we can take more players and additional squads. Fundraising is already getting underway for next year and it’s an exciting time to be part of the club. Go Blaze, Go!
Steve Martz / Eoghann Dover