During the Easter holidays 154 students and 16 staff visited Madrid as part of the largest sports tour the academy has ever organised- and arguably it was the best yet! This is the fourth tour that the PE department have run following successful tours in both Holland and Spain in previous years.
As expected the students demonstrated a positive attitude, respectful and mature behaviour throughout the tour. Most of the students who attended truly were a credit to themselves, the academy and their town. The only thing that wasn't very good was the weather so we were accustomed to the rain on our return!
The tour was for boys' and girls' football, and girls' hockey. The highlights included two training sessions; a football one at Real Madrid training complex and a hockey session at an elite hockey club. In addition there were two games v Spanish opposition, a themed party, a tour of the famous Bernabeu Stadium and a whistle stop tour of Madrid city centre. Finally, students had the incredible experience of attending the Athletico Madrid v Sporting Lisbon game which was the quarter final of the Europa league!
Overall, the students (and staff!) had an unbelievable time and created memories through sport which are simply not possible in any other way.
An awful lot of hard work goes into planning such a tour and Mr Coates (Head of PE) would like to thank in particular Mrs Alderson, Mr Carr and Mrs Walker for all the behind the scenes work that they do which ensures the success of such a large tour. In addition, thanks to all the members of staff who attended and worked tirelessly throughout, to Trans World Soccer for all their hard work and in particular to Dan and Mark who were the tour reps in the resort.