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FC Barcelona President: “La Masia is a school for values”

At the official inauguration of the new youth residential centre, FC Barcelona’s President, Sandro Rosell, praised the sporting and human work done within the Masia, Barça’s school for new talents. The president hoped that the atmosphere of the old building at the Camp Nou would be transferred to the new one at the Oriol Tort Training Centre.

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21 October 2011 08:07 PM

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Anna Segura

Barcelona (ACN).- Shortly before a quarter to nine, the President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, the President of FC Barcelona Sandro Rosell, first team\u2019s manager, Pep Guardiola, captain Carles Puyol, and the two youngest residents, Alejandro Viedman and \u2018Bobby\u2019 Alekanyue, symbolically pressed a ball to open the Oriol Tort Training Centre, the new Masia. They all participated in the spectacular inauguration ceremony of the new facilities, which has an impressive façade with 350,500 led lights. La Masia is FC Barcelona training school, the place were footballers such as Messi, Iniesta, Xavi, Piqué, Puyol, or Pep Guardiola were raised and trained since their early years.


This was just the start of a well attended and emotional event in which the new technology 350,500 LED lights in the façade projected images that linked the experience and recognition of the protagonists.

Transferring the atmosphere of the old Masia

Barça\u2019s President Sandro Rosell expressed his satisfaction at the finalisation of a long project, saying that the building is \u201Cmodern and functional \u2026 I have no doubt that we shall bring the warmth of the traditional Catalan Masia here\u201D. A \u2018masia\u2019 is the traditional Catalan country house, combining a residence building with farm facilities. In 1979, FC Barcelona opened its football school in an old \u2018masia\u2019 next to the Camp Nou, and hence the name of Barça\u2019s football school, which associates to the idea of tradition and growing talent.

More than a training centre

Sandro Rosell thanked everybody that has played a part in making the Masia part of what FC Barcelona symbolises, and had a special mention for the parents of the footballers that \u201Centrust us with their children.\u201D But he added that \u201Chere we have the finest farmers, led by Carles Folguera\u201D. Rosell also said that \u201CLa Masia is much more than a residence for young sportspeople. It a school that teaches values\u201D.

A project that carries \u201Cthe essence and roots\u201D

The President of the Catalan Government, Artur Mas, also had a few words for the people that attended the event. \u201CBarça has shown that a project like La Masia carries the essence and roots of the long history of the club, a city and a country, a club that is also the best in the world\u201D said Artur Mas.

Iniesta, the voice of experience

Andrés Iniesta, one of Barça\u2019s first team players that once lived at the old Masia, spoke about what it was like to live there. \u201CI know that my family educated me and I was trained here. There is no better place to learn than at la Masia\u201D.

Guillermo Amor, director of youth football, and who is also a former resident of La Masia was also involved in the ceremony, as was a choir from the Orfeó Català, who sung the Barça anthem, actor Lluís Soler and musician Lautaro Roses, who performed \u2018Viatge a Itaca\u2019.

 

THE DETAIL

Guided tour of facilities

The institutional and sporting guests were shown all around the new Masia, Oriol Tort Training Centre. Led by the director of la Masia, Carles Folguera, and the presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas and of FC Barcelona Sandro Rosell they got to see where the future Barça stars will be living.

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  • FC Barcelona's new school for training young players was unveiled with a spectacle by the 350,500 led lights of its façade (FCB)

  • From right to left: Artur Mas, Pep Guardiola, La Masia's youngest players, Sandro Rosell, Carles Puyol, and Guillermo Amor (FCB)

  • FC Barcelona's new school for training young players was unveiled with a spectacle by the 350,500 led lights of its façade (FCB)
  • From right to left: Artur Mas, Pep Guardiola, La Masia's youngest players, Sandro Rosell, Carles Puyol, and Guillermo Amor (FCB)