With the celebration of the closing day and awards ceremony of the XXIV Benjamin 'La Sagra' Football Championship, dean of the region, sports normality returned to its organization and celebration after the parenthesis of COVID-19, becoming Villaseca de la Sagra in the capital of national grassroots football, bringing together the best football schools in its already recognized national championship.
This year more than 3,000 people have gathered who enjoyed a final day of sports coexistence with about 550 children of benajmín age (8-9 years) from schools in the province of Toledo and the Community of Madrid.
The EFB Odelot Toletum has prevailed in the Final of the XXIV Benjamin 'La Sagra' Football Championship after winning an interesting and even final against the EF CD Toledo 'A' (2-1) in the final match of the closing day this Saturday in Villaseca de la Sagra organized by the town hall.
Both football schools reached the final after beating Argés City Council and Parla Escuela Fair Play from the Community of Madrid in semi-finals with great emotion and equality.
The third position was occupied by the Parla Escuela Fair Play, which was superior in said qualifying match to the Escuela del Ayuntamiento de Argés (4-0), which occupied the fourth qualifying position on the final podium in an excellent championship held.
At the closing ceremony following the commitment to women's football within its campaign 'Football as a school of life. Equality in football', the championship did not want to be less for its firm commitment to women's football having equality, it has awarded all the girls participating in the 'XIV Benjamin 'La Sagra' Football Championship in their respective schools.
The winners were Naiala Hernández, from the City Council of Argés; Elena Sierra, Alba Sierra and Luna Molina, from the EMF Villaluenga; Jara Pérez, from the Mocejón City Council; Sofía Bermúdez and Sara Marín, from the Villasequilla City Council; Sofía Morán, Sara Zenzani and Julia García, from the Nambroca City Council; Zahira Fernández, from the EF Lominchar; Valeria Mate and Daniela Cordero, from the Magán City Council and Alma Plaza, from the Añover de Tajo City Council.
The closing day served the City Council of Villaseca de la Sagra to honor Ginés Meléndez for his contribution to regional, national and international grassroots football as well as for the achievements achieved with the Spanish Football Team, who as godfather of the current edition of the Championship of Football Benjamin 'La Sagra'. The honoree said that “when the quarry is abandoned, football dies. Villaseca de la Sagra is an example of the work of the base that from its town hall is a commitment to the future and an example of promoting sport, especially football 8 with the important work it carries out with its Benjamin championship.
The former Spanish coach recalled all the triumphs related to the grassroots categories within his professional career for almost two decades coordinating the lower teams of Spain.
Villaseca de la Sagra began as a pilot experience in 1998 of the 8-a-side football sports modality as a method for teaching grassroots football following the guidelines of the former technical director of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, Ginés Meléndez, currently technical director of the Armenian Football Federation.