Holland Tour 2016

On Monday 4th April, thirty three Year 7-10 students set off for an action packed five day trip to Holland with the PE department. Nawal shares her experience;

“We set off on the ten and a half hour coach journey at 7:30am alongside Mr. Tyler, Mr. Batten, Miss. Doyle and Miss. Cussen. Buzzing with excitement, we piled onto the coach with our luggage ready for the jam packed week ahead. As we boarded the train at Folkestone to cross the channel we began to feel the excitement filling up the coach. The Eurotunnel crossing was fairly comfortable and once we arrived in Calais it was then onto Holland, crossing the French and Belgium borders on the way. We arrived at Het Heijderbos, Center Parcs at roughly 6:30 pm where we settled into our cottages, had dinner and took part in a group bowling session.

The following morning at breakfast everyone felt excited to begin their training and take part in their tournament. The girls were dropped off at their venue first to take part in netball, whilst the boys went on to the football ground. With 1 injury on the first day the year 10 football team was a player down but still managed to play well with some very impressive performances from the year 9’s that stepped up.

The Girls’ first day of netball was a fairly successful one as they had to join up with students from Rendcomb College who were amazing sports women and the combination of the two teams was commendable. Later that evening, back at Center Parcs, we got to try various activities including swimming before continuing the tournaments the following day.

On Thursday morning we were all ecstatic to be spending a whole day at Phantasialand in Germany. Although a little tired from the previous day’s tournaments, we were excited for the day ahead with some of us daring rides such as: Toloucan, mystery tower and the black mamba.

On Friday morning everyone was up nice and early with their suitcases packed and ready for the last breakfast. Afterwards we loaded the coach up with our luggage and set off for PSV Eindhoven. As we got closer to the city centre we saw some incredible street art and structures. Once we arrived at the stadium we were given a tour and had the opportunity to take pictures of the pitch, the hall of fame, interview room and changing rooms. We ended the tour with an awards ceremony which included awards for the most improved player and player of the tour. After boarding the coach and saying our farewells to Holland, we set off on our long journey home, arriving back in the UK safe and sound at 9:30pm.

Thank you to all of the PE staff for an amazing trip. The trip was a huge success and I would strongly encourage students to go if they get the chance.” 

Nawal Hassan GAS