26 September 2018 â€“ LaLiga is about much more than the best in football. It is a 360-degree experience, combining sport with Spanish culture, art, music, leisure activities and gastronomical delights. With their trip to Valencia made possible by a partnership between LaLiga and SAFA, South Africaâ€™s U17 Womenâ€™s Team have been exposed to every one of these aspects.
On Day 6 of their visit to Valencia â€“ a key component of the squadâ€™s preparations for Novemberâ€™s U17 Womenâ€™s World Cup â€“ players will get to enjoy more of the regionâ€™s cuisine via the popular restaurant at TRYP Valencia Azafata Hotel, where they are staying. Spanish food celebrates local produce and natural resources, reflecting Spanish culture in its choice of seasonal ingredients and diverse regional specialities.
In the early evening, the SA team will once again receive the career-boosting opportunity of playing in Europe when they face Valencia CF Femenino(Under-20s) in a friendly at Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna. This healthy competition between two womenâ€™s teams sees a sharing and transference of skills that will support and develop womenâ€™s football around the globe â€“ a current major objective of LaLiga. Valenciaâ€™s womenâ€™s team has been growing from strength to strength since its inception in 1998, breaking into the Liga Iberdrolaless than a decade later. The South African players have a lot to learn from interacting with this well-coached and well-backed team, whose ambitions to elevate the womenâ€™s game align with LaLigaâ€™s own goals.