Top Five Champions League Group Stage Goals 2017/18

With the last 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League nearing its conclusion, we take a look back at some of the best goals from of this year’s group stage:

5. MARLOS vs. Feyenoord (01.11.17)

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian-born Ukrainian attacking midfielder Marlos capped off a brilliant 3-1 win over Dutch side Feyenoord with a delightful finish on Matchday 4.

Following a slick passing team move, Marlos received the ball on the edge of the box with space ahead. The skilful midfielder then faked to shoot with his left before dragging the ball onto his right foot, leaving the opposition defender twisted and stumbling.

With the keeper fast approaching and the goal angle narrowing, Marlos kept his composure to produce an exquisite chipped shot that floated into the back of the net and sent the fans wild.

 

4. TOSUN vs. Porto (13.09.17)

In the opening game of group G, Turkish giants Besiktas travelled to play Porto at the Estádio do Dragão in what was to be an exciting match with the visitors winning 3-1.

The pick of the goals on that evening would come courtesy of Cenk Tosun. The Besiktas forward – now of Everton following a £27 million January move – received a pass around 30 yards from goal, opening his body and taking the ball on the turn.

With one touch to set himself, Tosun then unleashed a thunderous dipping effort at goal, rocketing into the top of the net leaving the keeper no chance.

3. EL SHAARAWY vs. Chelsea (31.10.17)

As two of Europe’s big hitters met in the Italian capital, many expected a close and intense affair. However, an outstanding individual performance from Stephan El Shaarawy compiled with 2 goals, sent the hosts on their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory.

A player renowned for his trickery, pace and moments of magic, the Italian forward opened the scoring with a beauty of a strike after just 38 seconds. A long ball forward towards Dzeko was knocked back to the edge of the box, where El Shaarawy was quickest to react.

Arriving at speed, he produced a wonderful piece of technique to strike the ball on the half volley with the outside of his foot, sending the ball spinning towards the top corner of the Chelsea goal.

 

2. BALE vs. Borussia Dortmund (26.09.17)

Plagued with injury since his move to Real Madrid in 2013, Bale has struggled to show his best form for the ‘Galacticos’, Bale proved he is still full of quality with an impressive finish in the match against Dortmund.

A highly anticipated clash in the so called group of death, containing three potential champions, the meeting at the Signal Iduna Park would be a crucial fixture for both. With the game poised at 0-0, Bale opened up the scoring in the 17th minute of his sides 3-1 victory.

Peeling away from his marker at the far post, the Welshman was found by an excellent cross from full-back Carvajal, Bale watched as the ball dropped over his shoulder before producing a magnificent side foot volley across the goal into the roof of the net.

1. GRIEZMANN vs. Roma (22.11.17)

In what was a must win game for his side, Frenchman Antoine Griezmann produced the goal of the group stages with an acrobatic overhead kicked to send his side to 2-0 victory to keep Atletico’s champions league dreams alive.

As the game ran on scoreless, both teams pushed for a breakthrough, however it was Griezmann’s moment of magic that put the Spanish side ahead. A break down the left found teammate Correa in a crossing position, who in turn lobbed a ball in towards the back post. Griezmann peeling off into acres of space found the cross slightly behind him. Brimming with confidence and undoubted technique the striker swivelled and produced an outrageous over head kick into the net.

 

 

Top Five Tips for a Fitter 2018

With a new year often comes resolutions and promises to get more active and to do more sport. If you’re struggling for motivation or needs some tips to help get you started, you’ve come to the right place – we take a look at our Top Five Tips for a Fitter 2018 in this week’s blog!

1. Do Manageable Amounts Each Day

The UK Government recommends that young people between 5 and 18 should take part in 60 minutes of moderate exercise every day – but it is important to remember that this is across an entire day! For instance, a brisk walk to school in the morning could count as 10-15 minutes of your daily exercise. Trying to do one hour of continuous exercise each day may not only tire you out more than it needs to, it could also become a chore every time you come to put your trainers on – so think about splitting your daily exercise up into smaller, manageable chunks to keep you motivated throughout 2018!

 

2. Exercise With a Friend

Exercising on your own can be lonely and demotivating at times, so why not try working out with a friend or classmate? By exercising in pairs or in a group you can share ideas and best-practise and keep each other on track throughout the year. A competitive edge when exercising will also help you reach your potential each day – why not set up a leader board between friends to see who can jump the highest, run the fastest or throw the longest?

 

3. Track Your Progress

In order to have an accurate idea of how well you’re doing from month to month it is helpful to keep a track of how you’re performing and feeling during exercise. How many minutes did it take you to run a mile on the treadmill in January compared to July? Are you getting quicker or slower? It is important to also track how you’re feeling physically and emotionally each time you exercise. Did you feel breathless after a game of football with your friends? Were you already feeling tired before you started because of a long day at school? It’s important to keep a note of these less numbers-focused in order to give some context to your fitness and performance from one week to the next.

 

4. Vary Your Routine

Everyone is likely to get bored doing the same things every day for a whole year, so it is helpful to mix up your exercise routine. A day of exercise doesn’t have to be spent in the gym all the time or in the park running for miles. A game of badminton with your friends, swimming with your family and a fitness lesson during PE are all very different forms of exercise but all count towards your daily goals – it’s important to keep this in mind when trying to keep fit in 2018!

 

5. Exercise With Music

Music is a great aid when it comes to exercise. From making a playlist of your favourite motivational songs to putting your headphones on in the gym or out in the park and running, jumping or diving to the beat, it’s a brilliant way to keep you in the right frame of mind. Whether you’re playing a game of basketball in a gym hall with the speakers booming or out on a run on your own, a musical accompaniment is the ideal catalyst to you achieving your exercising goals in 2018.

Trans World Become Greater Manchester Schools FA Headline Sponsor

Trans World Educational Experiences are excited to announce a new partnership with Greater Manchester County Schools Football Association, which will see TWEDEX become Headline Sponsor.

The new partnership will mean a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee is given back to the Manchester County Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools’ game in Greater Manchester.

The deal also sees members of the Greater Manchester County Schools FA benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World, including an exciting Strips4Trips campaign which will entitle schools to a free set of strips when they sign up for any overseas development tour before 28th February 2018.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2,500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe, United States and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Michael Pentland, regional manager at Trans World, said: “Everyone who has played sport at school knows how important it is for the continued development of young people throughout their education. We are really pleased to be able to give back to school sport and this partnership secures our commitment to that.”

“The Greater Manchester County Schools FA does a brilliant job each year on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working with the GMCSFA and their partner schools to give something back to the grassroots game in Manchester and the north-west.”

Mark Shackleton, of the Greater Manchester County Schools FA, is pleased to have joined forces with Trans World. He feels there are a number of synergies between both organisations and he is enthusiastic about the “unique and memorable experiences” Trans World will offer students and staff.

He said: “By combining our proven expertise in creating an experience beyond the classroom, extra curriculum service operations with Trans World – the leading provider within this area – we can deliver additional value for our schools’ programme.”

“We believe that this partnership will create a unique and memorable experience and enable our players to experience world football through domestic or international competition.”

Premier League Summer Signings Reviewed

With the Premier League nearing one of its most crucial stages – the busy Christmas period – we’ve taken a look at how some of the league’s high-profile summer additions are settling in at their new clubs.

Alexandre Lacazette

A staggering £52 million signing from Ligue 1 side Lyon in the summer, Alexandre Lacazette was the big money singing that Arsenal fans had been crying out for in recent years. The striker appears to have moved ahead of countryman Olivier Giroud as Arsenal’s first choice striker this season and he will be of huge importance in the Gunners’ fight for a place in the Champions League next term.

Interestingly, Lacazette has only completed 90 minutes on one occasion in the Premier League this season – arguably to be expected with the strength of Arsenal’s forward players – but with the price tag Lacazette commanded you could say he should be given the chance to complete matches in full.

When he has played, the Frenchman has made a commendable impact – with six goals in 12 league appearances so far in 2017/18 and he will be looking to continue his goal scoring form as the season progresses.

A modern-day centre forward, Lacazette can hold the ball up for midfield runners, link play with his feet and head, run in behind when needed and apply the finishing touch to a trademark Arsenal move when called upon.

Ederson

The plight of Manchester City’s goalkeepers was grabbing more headlines than the rest of the side combined during parts of the 2016/17 season. With Joe Hart, Willy Caballero and Claudio Bravo all staking a less-than-convincing claim for the number one jersey over the course of Pep Guardiola’s first year in charge there was heavy pressure on £34.7 million signing Ederson to do the business between the sticks.

Much of the talk has been about the free-flowing attacking football which has seen Manchester City stride to the top of the Premier League this season and it is easy to overlook the good work being done by Ederson at the other end of the pitch. With seven clean sheets in City’s opening 12 games, the Brazilian – alongside his defensive colleagues – is giving the side’s attacking players a very solid base to work from.

In comparison, last season Manchester City claimed only three clean sheets in their opening 12 Premier League fixtures. Levels of trust in a defensive unit are key to the success of the creative players in any side and it is clear that the addition of Ederson has been pivotal in Manchester City’s levels of success so far this season.

Alvaro Morata

A player who thrives off playing on the shoulder of the last defender, Alvaro Morata has already shown this season that he has the quality to fire Chelsea towards the top of the league.

With the high standard of delivery from Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta to rely on, Morata is reaping the rewards of his excellent movement in and around the box – most notably against Stoke City and Manchester United, where the Spaniard notched a hattrick and scored an impressive headed winner respectively.

Eight goals and four assists in 11 Premier League games makes it clear that his move from Real Madrid has been a masterstroke from Antonio Conte and one which Chelsea fans will be hoping helps them on their way to reclaiming their domestic title. Morata is likely to be an instrumental part of the plans for both Chelsea and Spain over the next seven months.

Romelu Lukaku

One of the most talked about signings of the summer window, on his move from Goodison Park to Old Trafford Romelu Lukaku was dubbed as a replacement for the outgoing Zlatan Ibrahimovic by many across the country. As the situation would eventually unfold, the Swede is back under the stewardship of Jose Mourinho after recovering from a knee injury and could partner Lukaku up front for United this season.

In Ibra’s absence, Lukaku has made a strong start to his Manchester United career with eight goals in 12 Premier League starts – making him an instant hit with the United fans.

Some of Lukaku’s critics would say that he doesn’t work hard enough at times and this is understandable when things aren’t going to plan during matches, he can be an easy player to scapegoat given the hype that has surrounded his arrival since the summer.

However, the Belgian is an undoubted goal scorer and could be the difference between Mourinho’s side putting up a meaningful challenge for the league title this season and another scrap for a third and fourth place finish.

Mo Salah

A signing which excited the majority of Liverpool supporters during the summer, Mo Salah has contributed an impressive nine goals in 12 Premier League games as well as four in four in the Champions League so far this season.

As the club’s record signing, the Egyptian is making waves at Anfield at a rate not seen since Luis Suarez’s departure for Barcelona in 2014. Left-footed Salah operates mostly on the right-hand side of Jurgen Klopp’s frontline – with Roberto Firminio and Sadio Mane joining him in an exciting attacking trio.

Salah has pace to burn and a directness which puts defenders instantly on the backfoot. With the skill and technical ability to match Salah has contributed heavily towards the side’s success the season.

With Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane alongside him as the first names on the team sheet this season it isn’t an exaggeration to suggest that Salah has been the Premier League signing of the season so far.

Trans World Team Up With Kent Schools FA

Trans World Educational Experiences are delighted to announce our position as the official Sports Development Tour Partner of the Kent Schools FA.

The new partnership will see a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Kent Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring important lasting support for the schools game in Kent, Medway, Bexley and Bromley.

The deal will also allow members of the Kent Schools FA to benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World, including an exciting Strips4Trips campaign which will entitle schools to a free set of strips when they sign up for any overseas development tour.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skill set through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World, said: “At Trans World we are committed to the continuous development of young people through sport. We are aware of the importance of school sports to the growth of students throughout their education.”

“The Kent Schools FA does a great job each year on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to the grassroots game across Kent in the surrounding areas.”

To find out more about Kent Schools FA and the work they do across the area, visit their website here.

Adidas Reveal World Cup 2018 Shirts

Adidas have revealed the much-anticipated World Cup kits for a number of their national teams this week. At Trans World we’ve taken a look at some of the best ones.

Germany

World Cup holders Germany have revealed a showstopper of a kit for the defence of their crown in Russia next summer. A monotone take on West Germany’s Italia 90 strip, the black and white shirt features the gold World Cup winners badge in the centre of the iconic silhouette design. The likes of Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller are set to don the shirt as they defend their World Cup crown.

Trans World rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Colombia

Undoubtedly one of the shirts which catches the eye the most in Adidas’ latest release, Colombia shirt is sure to be popular with fans from across the world in Russia next year. Their trademark yellow shirt is supplemented by red and blue stripes coming inwards from the shoulders to create a dramatic finish to the front of the shirt. The Colombia kit also pays homage to a bygone era, with the 2018 release very similar to their 1990 World Cup shirt.

Trans World rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Spain

Spain’s new kit includes a striking pattern down the right-hand side of the shirt, a homage to their 1994 World Cup kit worn by the likes of Pep Guardiola and Fernando Hierro. The rest of the shirt remains classically and recognisably Spanish. Kit designers Adidas have said that the diamonds on the shirt represent the ‘speed, energy and style of football that’s become so associated with the national team.’

Trans World rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Japan

Japan’s national team are set to make their sixth appearance at the World Cup finals in Russia next summer, and they will be decked out in a very impressive kit when they do so. An iconic dark blue shirt is complemented by a series of white vertical stitch marks across the body, with white Adidas stripes running along the shoulders of block colour navy blue sleeves. The shirt is undoubtedly one of the most stylish designs to come from Adidas’ latest release.

Trans World rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Belgium

Another shirt inspired by a retro design, the Red Devils’ World Cup 2018 kit resembles that worn in the 1984 European Championships in France. The red and yellow colourway makes the Belgium kit instantly recognisable, with the national team badge in the centre of a diamond pattern. The iconic Adidas stripes are subtly included under the arms of the shirt in darker shade of red.

Trans World rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thurso and Wick Become First Ever Group at Wanda Metropolitano

Wick High School and Thurso High School made history this week as they became the first ever Trans World groups to tour Atlético Madrid’s new Wanda Metropolitano home.

The 68,000-seater stadium opened for matches in mid-September, but the all-access tour was only launched this week meaning that the students and staff from Wick and Thurso were among the very first members of the public to go behind the scenes.

The tour takes in the brand-new press conference rooms, the dressing rooms and players tunnel. It gives groups the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in world football and take a seat in Diego Simeone’s dugout.

Michael Pentland, Regional Manager of Trans World Educational Experiences, said he was delighted to be able to give the schools the opportunity to be the very first group to witness the wonders of the Metropolitano.

“We are so proud to be able to give students the chance to get up close and personal with the biggest clubs in the world. Atlético have done a tremendous job of creating a behind-the-scenes tour which truly encapsulates what life is like as a player here at the Metropolitano and its brilliant that the students from Wick and Thurso have been among the first to experience it.”

“We are lucky to have a close relationship with the club which has allowed us to give Wick and Thurso access to the tour before any other group. It was certainly one of the highlights of an action-packed trip and something which we hope the students will remember for a long time.” 

The schools were in Madrid as part of a Spanish Football Development tour with Trans World which included training sessions at Real Madrid’s first-team training complex, challenge matches against local opposition, a visit to the headquarters of the Spanish FA and a trip to the Santiago Bernabéu to watch Zinedine Zidane’s side put three goals past Eibar without reply.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2,500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe, US and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

 

Sussex Schools FA Sign Up

Trans World Educational Experiences are delighted to announce our position as the official Sports Development Tour Partner of the Sussex Schools FA.

The new partnership will see a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Sussex Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Sussex.

The deal also sees members of the Sussex Schools FA benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World, including an exciting Strips4Trips campaign which will entitle schools to a free set of strips when they sign up for any overseas development tour.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World, said: “At Trans World we understand that schools football is a vital component to the continued development of young players.”

“The Sussex Schools FA does a fantastic job year in, year out on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to the grassroots game.”

Ross Maryan, Chairman of the Sussex Schools FA, is pleased to have joined forces with Trans World. He feel the partnership will give their members the chance to experience some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

“Sussex Schools FA are delighted to be working closely with TWEDEX. We hope that our affiliated schools will capitalise on the excellent offers that they have available. Sussex Schools FA are proud to be working so closely to a well-respected and well known organisation.”

 

Trans World and Fife Schools FA Join Forces

Trans World Educational Experiences have joined forces with Fife Schools Football Association this week in a partnership which will see the association and its members benefit in a number of ways.

The innovative new partnership sees a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Fife Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Fife.

The deal also sees members of the Fife Schools FA benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World including kit sponsorship.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Kirkcaldy HS pose in their new kits, supplied by Trans World.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with the Fife Schools FA. We have worked in collaboration with a number of their members over the years and we are delighted to reinforce the strong relationship we have with school across Fife.”

“The Fife Schools FA does a fantastic job year in, year out on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to the game.”

Blair Hopcroft, treasurer of the Fife Schools FA said: “Fife Schools Football Association are absolutely delighted to have the support of Trans World. A number of schools in the region have been on trips with Trans World and have always had a first class experience.”

“The Fife Schools FA is all about giving young footballers opportunities to play the game and enjoy the experience and we feel that Trans World do exactly that; it really is a perfect partnership,” he added.

For more information about Fife Schools FA, visit their newly redeveloped website here.

DASSA Set to Excite and Inspire Young Minds

Trans World Educational Experiences (TWEDEX), the UAE’s only independent provider of tailor-made sports education journeys, has announced a new partnership with Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association (DASSA) to bring memorable journeys to schools across Dubai.

As part of the agreement, TWEDEX will become the official sports education partner for more than 100 of DASSA’s member schools.

This will see more than 200,000 children across the Emirate given the opportunity to participate in journeys that combine professional training and live sport, with educational elements such as team building and sports education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organized in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

As part of the deal, TWEDEX will also contribute a minimum donation of AED 10,000 per annum to DASSA’s development fund, and a percentage of every student’s tour fee thereafter.

DASSA’s Andy Jones and Trans World’s Scott Macfarlane.

“Sports education journeys play a key role in helping develop important qualities in children and young people such as leadership, sharing, team spirit and tolerance,” said Scott Macfarlane, Director at Trans World Educational Experiences.

“To date, we have delivered more than 225 trips for 90 schools across the Middle East, giving over 6500 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime. Our journeys excite and inspire young minds, provide students with a global perspective, complement the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development. We look forward to working closely with DASSA to deliver our unique journeys to new school partners across Dubai.”

DASSA, established in 2005, is made up of over 100 primary and secondary schools. The organization manages fixtures and arranges sports competitions throughout the school year.

“At DASSA, we are committed to quality sports education in Dubai, and work with like-minded organizations to promote the importance of good and sound sporting practices,” said Andy Jones, Chairman, DASSA. “We are therefore very pleased to welcome TWEDEX as our partner for the next three academic years, and look forward to delivering journeys that develop, inspire and educate Dubai’s young minds.”

The announcement comes at a time when physical education is high on the national agenda.

Earlier this year, the UAE Ministry of Education, announced a reform to the Physical and Health Education Curriculum across all government schools. The objective of the new Physical and Health Education curriculum – implemented across all government schools from January 2017 – is to meet the individual needs of each student and to empower the younger generation to take ownership of their physical education, health and wellbeing.

The reform ensures the adoption of a modern and comprehensive curriculum, which fosters the student’s personality and exposes them to the most up-to-date educational practices that promote determination, give them peace of mind and diversify their skills.