Dylan impresses on Costa Brava
Year 7 pupil, Dylan Yeadell, was recently selected to represent Southampton FC at the Mediterranean International Cup 2017 held in Spain. This was a fantastic achievement for Dylan, and he was honoured to walk in the footsteps of previous participants such as Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas and Philippe Coutinho, all huge names in the world of international football. The tounament, one of the most prominent in youth football, featured 250 teams from 40 nations - teams including Manchester Utd., Atletico Bilbao and Real Madrid as well as representatives from the Americas, Australia and the Far East.
Matches were played all around the Costa Brava in front of large and enthusiastic crowds. Southampton progressed through their group round and two further knock-out rounds before being beaten in the semi-final by eventual champions, Real Madrid whose team included the son of a certain Zinedine Zidane!
The football experience was a very new one for Dylan: full size pitches; size 5 footballs; full stadia and 25 degree heat. He was also playing in an unfamiliar position, defensive midfield. He coped admirably with this, so much so that the Southampton coaches awarded him the performance of the tournament.More successful than the football, however, was the life experience that Dylan had. He was very nervous about going, concerned about fitting in and not knowing anyone as much as being a good enough player. He has seen that on the other side of his fears are experiences that are to be cherished and enjoyed. He has come back saying it was the best week of his life and that he has made some new friends.
Well done, Dylan. The Academy is very proud of your achievement, and we all wish you the very best in your future endeavours.