FC Barcelona’s first women’s football campus at Valsvöllur, near Reykjavík in Iceland, ended today after six days of activity and the participation of 295 girls using the coaches and methodology of FCBEscola.
Almost a thousand people attended the closing event in a country that’s on a footballing high after its national men’s team did so well at Euro 2016.
The players that took part were all presented with diplomas at a ceremony that included speeches by the international and institutional vice-president of FC Barcelona, Carles Vilarrubí; the president elect of Iceland, Gudni Th Jóhannesson; and former Iceland and FC Barcelona player Eidur Gudjohnsen.
“The FC Barcelona women’s team will be coming to Iceland to play a friendly next summer” commented Villarubí, adding that “this experience lays the foundations to establish strong relations between FC Barcelona and Iceland.”
Music from local singer Frikki Dór put an end to a ceremony that was also witnessed by the Icelandic minister of education and culture, Illugi Gunnarsson, members of the Barça supporters club in Reykjavík, and Spanish diplomats working in the country.
"It is very important for me that FC Barcelona has come to Iceland” said Gudjohnsen. “I’ve seen how successful the campus has been and the smiles it has put on faces. The campus has helped promote the Barça values.”
New Icelandic president Gudni Th Jóhannesson added that “I’ve been an FC Barcelona fan since my parents took me to the Camp Nou to watch Rexach and Simonsen. The chance to welcome Barcelona to our country has been a real honour. Messi is one of the best players of all time. His determination and skills are important, but it is team-work that makes Barça great.”