On Thursday, October 7, 2004, the Post reported...

YOUNG footballers are jetting off to sunny Spain to train with coaches from world famous club Real Madrid.

The lucky players from Knightswood Secondary will get six days of tough football coaching.

PE teacher Campbell Rae, who will accompany the kids, revealed the children have worked hard for their dream trip.

He told the Post: “They were whittled down depending on things like behaviour, attendance and punctuality. All these guys have worked hard for two years to go on the trip.”

A group of 23 S3 and S4 pupils will jet out to Spain’s capital.

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Although they’ll train hard at the coaching lessons, the kids will also have time out to enjoy themselves.

They will pay a visit to the Bernabeu stadium, home of Real and where mega-stars like David Beckham play. Unfortunately, as the trip falls during a week of international football, the youngsters will miss out on the chance of taking in a home game.

The dream trip will cost a whopping £18,000 — £750 for each child.

Luckily some big-hearted parents worked hard at fund-raising, accruing £500 towards the total cost for each child.

Campbell added: “We want to say a big thank you to parents Susan McKenna, Elaine Carlin, Ellen Barclay and Frances Wilson. It’s just going to be fantastic.”