Case Study: Holland Football Trip
School: Tytherington School, Macclesfield
Number of pupils: 104
Headteacher of Tytherington School, Manny Botwe, tells STO about the school’s biggest ever overseas trip, led by Darren Pepper, Head of Year 11.
The PE department at the school decided to take a total of 104 students along with 14 members of staff on a mixed-gender football tour to Holland. They stayed at Center Parcs de Limburgse Peel, along with hundreds of other students from across Europe.
The undertaking, the school’s biggest ever trip overseas, was a great success and Manny has said he’s seen a great impact back at the school following the excursion.
Manny on what the trip involved
Following two training sessions (boys and girls) on the first two days, there were afternoon tournament matches against other British and local school teams, taking part at RKSV Wittenhorst.
On the first full day, the boys returned to Center Parcs for an evening of swimming while the girls played an evening fixture against Olympia 18. Following a well-deserved evening meal, it was early to bed in preparation for another tough day of spot.
The under 15s girls' team
The highlight on the Wednesday was the success of the Year 10 boys team who won the Division 1 competition; later that evening, students enjoyed a disco with pupils from the other touring schools.
Theme park & stadium fun
Thursday saw the much-anticipated visit to the Efteling Theme Park in Kaatsheuvel. Students enjoyed fast rides and arcade games before returning to Center Parcs for an evening of bowling and swimming.
Even with some tired bodies and minds, students thoroughly enjoyed the tour of PSV Eindhoven’s Philips Stadium on the Friday morning. Many were revelling in the fact that they were standing in the same changing room as the likes of Ronaldo and Jaap Stam. Following a look round the museum and stadium shop, it was time to continue the journey home.
Opportunities and hard work
Darren Pepper, Head of Year 11, said: “As trip leader I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate students on both their attitude and conduct throughout our time in Holland. They were a credit to not only themselves, but to the parents and the school community as a whole.
The Year 10 team
“In addition, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the staff who volunteered their time to make the trip such a positive experience for our students. Without the hard work of these staff, opportunities like this are missed.”
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Main image: Tytherington School on a football tour to Holland