Perse basketball players savour Madrid tour experience
11 Jan 2019
Alex Carmichael (Upper Sixth) provides his reflections on the Perse basketball tour to Madrid.
The squad arrived in the Spanish capital feeling energised and ready to hit the ground running.
Day one saw a morning training session, looking to prepare for the match against CD Torrejón later the same day. After locking in some new team plays, it was time to head back to the hotel to freshen up, explore the local area and return to the arena for game one of the tour.
CD Torrejón proved to be formidable opponents, putting up an incredibly strong performance but the Perse squad kept pushing, aiming to compete until the final whistle. The match was a fantastic learning experience for the team and gave us lots to think about for the upcoming training sessions and second game.
The team took a transfer to downtown Madrid on day two for a tour of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The chance to see the inner workings of such a renowned sports club and their home turf was an amazing opportunity, with the chance to sit in the official dugouts and go behind the scenes in the press room. The trip continued with a visit to the famous Plaza Mayor and Puerta Del Sol to explore the local culture.
The evening saw a return to the training hall for a session with CD Torrejón’s senior coach, which provided invaluable insight and new training programmes for the team with a focus on developing our mechanics and set plays.
Day three opened with a similarly intense training session in preparation for the final tour game, with a brief interlude over lunch in the Mercado de San Miguel, famous for its architecture and premium quality tapas market stalls.
After sampling the cuisine, it was time to get ready for the final game against a second squad from CD Torrejón. This match proved to be equally challenging but the Perse team managed to execute the plays from the training sessions and fought until the end of the game, pushing CD Torrejón to stay focused throughout.
An exhausted team rounded off the trip with a quick cultural detour to the Royal Palace and Museo del Prado. Overall, the tour was a brilliant experience for the team, playing opponents of a high calibre and developing as a squad.