On Friday 31stMarch, 28 pupils took off for an exciting hockeytour to Barcelona.Follow the blog link below for minuteby minute action and lots of wonderful photographs. Wishing everyone a successful tour!
Barcelona Hockey Tour 2017 review
By Hannah Bailey and Edward Stevens
At the end of last term 28 Year 7 and Year 8 boys and girls were lucky enough to go to Barcelona for a 5 day hockey tour, Hannah and Edward would like to share some of the highlights.
First, we had to get there. 4.30am is not the ideal time to meet but thanks to DJ Fred’s music our spirits were high. Meeting Erik Lamela, the Spurs footballer, as we were about to get on the plane andbeing photographed withhim, was a bonus.
We arrived in sunny Spain safely but unfortunately, Lewis’s bag did not! Well done, Lewis, on being so chilled about it! Our hotel was perfect, with ‘all you can eat breakfasts’ and a swimming pool. It was freezing, but we didn’t let that stop us having fun. The food was great, although eating octopus was an experience that
not everyone will repeat!
There was some good hockey played in some great venues, with both teams playing three matches.
The boys won all three games, 2-1, 7-0 and 2-1. The girls drew their first match 3-3, won the second
8-0 and won the 3rd 2-1. The 2nd match was memorable becauseit was so hot! Manyofus also
played different positions and made friends with lots of theSpanish girls, swapping snapchat
details! After the games we stayed to watch the club’s Ladies’ 1st team play an important National
League game. The atmosphere was amazing and the samba band was very, very loud!
During some very noisy thunder storms we also did some sightseeing. We visited Gaudi’s cathedral
andthe Sagrada, which is unfinished. We went round the Nou Camp, home to Barcelona football club; walked through the tunnel, sat in the dugouts pitch-side, saw the changing rooms, sat in the press seats – which was amazing…..…although perhaps not amazing enough to spend 15 Euros on a tiny cube of the pitch’s grass!! Some of us also saw the Goulds while we were rambling around the Ramblas!
Finally, we couldn’t ignore the fact that our hotel was 200 metres from the beach.The girls tried sunbathing, lastingjust 5 minutes – it was warm, but really not sunbathing hot! We played lots of football and other games and Mr Fraine dazzled us all with his footy skills!
Thank you to Mr Sutherland, Mrs Bailey, Mr Fraine and Miss Richards, for giving up time in their holidays to take us on tour. We all had great experiences anda fantastic time.