Middle School teams recently participated in two athletic events organized by the American School of Valencia and the American School of Barcelona. The tournaments are part of the annual activities promoted by the Iberian League Conference, a cooperative project among international schools that share a vision on the role of athletics in the student’s experience. In addition to ASV and ASB, other participant schools were Benjamin Franklin International School (Barcelona) and Cambridge House Community College (Valencia).
The boys’ tournament was held at the ASV facilities on May 12 and 13, 2022 and included soccer and basketball. ASV competed with two teams in each sport. In basketball, the ASV A team was runner-up; in soccer, all schools played two parallel tournaments. The ASV A team won the tournament and the B team was runner-up.
The girls’ tournament was hosted by the American School of Barcelona. In this case, ASV only participated in the soccer competition with two teams: ASV Blue and ASV White. The ASV White team won the tournament. The ASV Blue team put up a great fight and battled every single game. They earned the trophy for the most sporting team which is voted by all players in the tournament.
Iberian League tournaments offer a unique opportunity to apply the skills trained and grow as a team by practicing the sport. That is the feeling shared by the players of the Middle School Girls’ Soccer Team: “Having these months of training, I have seen how our players evolved and I am amazed how they performed in the tournament,” says Noa S, one of the Grade 8 players in the team. “We passed well and that made us one of the best teams in the tournament. We also learned how to play better as a team. It was an amazing experience”, Ella J. (also in Grade 8) describes.
“For all of the conference members, this was the first opportunity to gather and compete after a long time due to the restrictions of the pandemic,” ASV Athletic Director Mr. Andy Ojelade remarks. “These experiences offer students a valuable opportunity to interact with other peers and build new relationships.”