Students from Wellington have created memories for life as they laced up their boots and ran on to a field on the other side of the world.
The team from Wellington High School played a soccer match in Spain against fellow Social Sport School Luis of Aragones.
The schools were there as guests of the Real Madrid Foundation, a branch of the world-famous Real Madrid Football Club.
The football skills of both teams were put to the test in a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
The values of the Real Madrid Foundation were alive and well in the match as the children displayed high levels of respect, fair play and companionship, coach-coordinator Brooke George reported.
The contest against Luis of Aragones Social Sport School was part of an 11-day trip to Spain.
The match proved a worthwhile experience and was the favourite activity of many students, Mrs George said.
Year 10 student Lachlan Kelleher enjoyed the excitement before the match.
The atmosphere was really great with neither teams playing a team from another country before.
“Both teams played very well and it was a tight game,” Mrs George said.
The 90 minutes on the field was just one of many memorable experiences.
The Wellington crew also had the thrill of seeing a Real Madrid match.