Football: Life as a young trainee at Valencia's academy is not just about training and matches

(From left) Valencia CF Academy players Andres Garcia, Dario Serra and Ruben Iranzo were in Singapore for the JSSL International Sevens. PHOTO: LEO SHENGWEI
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Dario Serra was on a 15-hour flight to Singapore two weeks ago but, instead of catching the latest movies via the in-flight entertainment system, the 15-year-old and his 11 friends were revising their schoolwork.

The studying continued in their rooms at the Carlton Hotel, interspersed with football matches, training and field trips to nearby tourist spots such as Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay.

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