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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.


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.

Adiós to the Vicente Calderón

When Atlético Madrid walk out to face Malaga at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Saturday evening they will be doing more than simply playing their first game at a new stadium.

Atléti will be leaving behind the bare concrete walls, the roofless stands and the backless seats of the Vicente Calderón in favour of a new, modern-day multi-purpose football arena 14 kilometres away in the west of the city.

The Calderón was practical. It did the job it was built for – and did it well – but it did little else. Even the hospitality suites attached to the very back of the top tiers on three sides of the stadium look like an afterthought.


The practicality of the stadium even extends beneath the main stand, where the M-30 dual carriageway runs unapologetically on the banks of the Manzanares river. It is as iconic as it is amazing – an impressive piece of construction which is set to be confined to history on Saturday evening.

Opinion on the move was split from the very beginning among Atlético fans, with some believing a move away from the aging Calderon was necessary if the club was to progress with the times while others were against the idea of moving away from a home which has served the club well over five decades.

The Calderon was in many ways symptomatic of Atléti as a club. There were no frills, no fancy facades and no pretences – it was a place where people went to watch their team play football and then carried on with the rest of their day.

Turn to the Wanda Metropolitano and you can bet the guides will know exactly how many seats are in every section of the stadium – a difference in mindset stemming from a difference in surroundings.

The stadium’s museum wasn’t show-offish despite the healthy trophy cabinet contained within it. It was as practical as the Calderon itself, artefacts and exhibits laid out in an easy to follow route, with medals and trophies modestly intermingled.

The main space within the museum was a simple 10-by-20-metre square with glass cabinets on all four walls, historic moments remembered by small images or objects – compare that to the interactive, full-in-the-face experience of the Santiago Bernabéu museum and you soon understand the differences in mentality of both clubs.

The brand-new, shiny white Metropolitano is a nod in the direction of Real’s way of thinking – although that is not to say it is in any way an attempt to replicate it.

The new stadium is proof that the decision makers at Atlético understand the need to move with the times. It is true that staying at the Calderon as it existed during its last season was not a viable option for a club which continually competes in the latter stages of the Champions League – crumbling staircases and rusting iron fences are hardly befitting on Europe’s biggest stage.

There is no doubt that Saturday evening will be a joyous occasion for the club, but it is hard to believe that there won’t be a tint of sadness that their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano marks the end of the club’s time at the brilliantly unique Vicente Caldéron.



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