With money raised from the Charity Cup the ReachOut FC was able to organise a 4-day football tour to Madrid for the boys involved aged 12-14. Using personal contacts, we arranged 2 friendly matches with teams in Madrid, booked accomodation and arranged special offers at restaurants and activities in the city.

Leaving Hackney on Saturday 4th April, 15 boys and 8 adults travelled by public transport to Heathrow, before flying out to Madrid. The boys played two matches with local Spanish teams at the excellent facilities of the Tajamar School on the 5th & 6th April 2009, drawing the first game 0-0 and being unfortunate to lose 5-3 in the second game.

The highlight of the tour was a trip to watch Atletico Madrid play Osasuna in La Liga at the Vicente Calderon. Unfortunately Atletico lost 2-4 on the day in a disappointing display but the atmosphere at the ground was electric and it was a great experience for everyone. We were also lucky enough to dine out at The Hard Rock Café at a discounted rate as well as visit the hugely impressive Santiago Bernabeu – home of Real Madrid CF.

Boys returned to Hackney on Monday 7th April 2009. For some of the boys it had been their first holiday, and everyone had a great time (adults included)!

We are hugely indebted to the following for making all this possible – thank you so much for all your help!

  • Jose Reis & The Petchey Academy for free use of the school facilities for the ReachOut FC Charity Cup
  • The companies and their staff who supported the ReachOut FC Charity Cup 2009:

-Bloomberg LP
-Barclays Capital
-PWC Legal
-Macquarie Bank
-London Stock Exchange

  • Bloomberg London for their continued financial for the Soccer School Project
  • Mary Blackwell, Laura Hernandez & JP Sanchez for all their help in Madrid! Muchas gracias!
  • All our staff at ReachOut! London who worked so hard at the ReachOut! Soccer School all year long

Tom Grice
Lawrence Narh-Lawson
Sean Kayode
Michael Bakare
Rachel Charles

  • All the volunteers who have supported our young people at the ReachOut! Soccer School throughout the year
  • The adults who accompanied the boys on tour at their own cost – we couldn’t have done it with out you!

Yian Goh
Stephen Hall
Nasar Sarwar
Ebrahim Usman
Mehmet Aygun
Dorian Cooper

And of course, the man with the plan: Peter Blackwell

ReachOut FC Madrid Tour 2009

ReachOut FC Madrid Tour 2009