One of our partner academies, LT Academy, visited IDA Valencia for a 1-week group experience. The California based Academy is managed by Levi Toth who develops 1-on-1 sessions for players around the area.
The 1-week experience was organized by IDA Valencia and included trainings, games, and cultural activities, including visiting Mestalla Stadium and taking a day trip to Madrid to the Real Madrid training facilities and stadium.
IDA Valencia organized a female tournament while LT was visiting. The tournament included many top teams within Spain and LT Academy – La Vall D’Uxo, Valencia CF, Villarreal CF, Levante UD, CD Soneja, Andorran Football Federation, and Catarroja FC. Including 3 professional youth academies and a national team gave LT Academy great experience and competition.
LT Academy played 3 games in their group stage against La vall D’Uxo, Valencia CF, and Villarreal CF. LT defeated La Vall D’Uxo, but fell short against Valencia CF and Villarreal CF. Nonetheless, Coach Toth was thankful for the opportunity, “IDA organized a tournament as we were coming in June to Valencia. We played against top-notch academies in women’s soccer in Spain. The level of competition was incredible. We do not experience this level in our country. It was useful for them to learn how things are outside their contexts and help them to continue improving.”
Having LT Academy in Valencia for the week was awesome for both sides. IDA Valencia was thrilled to play a role in the Academy’s experience. Levi Toth commented on the team’s week in Valencia, “Our experience with IDA has been great. We trained, played friendly games, made cultural visits, and visited Real Madrid stadium and training facilities. The most important thing is what all my players learned. These girls never experienced something similar before. They learned about the importance of training, physical development, and nutrition – something that in their current contexts is difficult to see.”
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