Student success story: Year 7 Ted Curd writes about his experience of being a goalkeeper for the Chelsea FC academy at a tournament held in Poland.
On Friday the 8th of December I flew to Poland with my football team Chelsea for the Lech Cup.
The tournament featured a number of top teams from across Europe including Manchester City, Feyernoord (Nederland), Inter Milan (Italy), Hertha Berlin (Germany), Slavia Praha (Czech Republic), and host Lech Poznan (Poland).
Playing against Europe’s top academies, we suspected the tournament would be tough. We weren’t wrong.
We won all the matches against all the teams on day one but drew with Feyernoord and lost to Hertha Berlin. We had an excellent chance of winning as we finished top. In preparation of our second day, we took a break from football by visiting the snow covered Markets in Poznan. I like the way people in Poland really celebrate Christmas.
Two victories on the second day, versus Hertha Berlin and Lech Poznan, was enough to win us a place in the final, despite a defeat to Manchester City.
The final saw us once again take on our Lech Poznan. With the crowd cheering them on, the polish host took a first half lead. However, in the last minute, I threw a long ball which their keeper fumbled to allow us to score.
It went to penalties and disappointingly we lost. Although our team was distraught at finishing second, there was good news. It was announced that I had won Best Goalkeeper of Tournament, I received an award and was part of the Lech Cup “Golden Team’ which I’ll remember for decades.
Also our flight was cancelled on the Sunday night because of the snow in England, but it was fine as got to have even more fun with my team mates.