Cornwall Centre of Excellence U15 players experienced international play at a recent youth football tournament in Spain.
The East Mallorca Cup saw teams from all around the world come together to compete and challenge themselves, playing and learning from each other to ultimately better their experience and performance.
The team faced opposition from clubs such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Genk, CSK Moscow and RCS Mallorca whilst being supported by Argyle coaches Jamie Day, John Fabby and Alex Bressington.
Working in partnership with Cornwall FA, the Centre of Excellence team’s ambition was to play against some of the world’s leading academies and future superstar players whilst being challenged mentally as well as physically.
Coach Jamie Day said: “The tournament far exceeded my expectations and it was a huge learning opportunity not only for the players but also the coaches on and off the pitch. For the players it was an essential experience to be in and around a professional tournament that really showcased what it takes to prepare for this level of elite sport.”
Past players that have taken part in the MECUP include Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Alexander Arnold.
Parents of U15 player Tom Dolan, Brian and Julie said: “At a time when many players of Tom’s age start dropping out of competitive football, this trip has really spurred him on to train harder and has allowed him to see the rewards of playing to that level.”
The main objective was to provide the players with a holistic experience to help develop themselves as sportsmen and individuals, Jamie Day concluded: “With the hope that players would have their passion reignited and help encourage them to work harder both on and off the pitch in all they do, I’d say it’s been a great success.”
The trip was supported by local businesses in Cornwall who contributed funds to go towards the players’ tracksuits and tournament costs. Special thanks to CAD Architects, David Ball Agencies, Kingsley Developments, Cornwall High Performance and the Cornwall FA.