A week is a long time in football but Chelsea's success in the Champions League has indirectly benefited a Lancashire Academy's warm weather training in Portugal.
Previous Chelsea manager André Villas-Boas had booked Browns Sports & Leisure Club in the Algarve but with his demise Across Football Academy based in Accrington in Lancashire was able to take advantage when Chelsea pulled out.
The Lancashire Academy though does not have the deep pockets of the Champion League finalists so the staff and students organised a 24 hour football marathon to help with the costs for the trip to Portugal, leaving on Sunday 29th April.
The event ran from 10.00am on Thursday 19th April till 10am on Friday 20th April and raised over £250.
The students played a variety of games during the 24 hours including football, golf, penalty shoot outs, mini games and 5 a side football.
A limited number of places for next year’s intake are still available for both the Boys and Girls Football Academies for September 2012 and Football Development Centre (Academy Reserve Team).
To find out more please call 01254 354135 and ask for either Andy Hill or Charlie Moss for more details or visit www.accrossfootball.co.uk