Junior School Football & Hockey Tour – Blog

2017_js_hollandFor the 13th consecutive year, St Edmund’s pupils in Years 6 – 8 will travel to Holland to play a series of 18 matches (9 football and 9 hockey) against club teams.

Tuesday 21 March

After a 6.15am start 63 pupils met bright and breezy at school for the 4 hour journey to the Stayokay, Dordrecht.

After arriving at the hostel, a quick training session in preparation for our first round of 6 European fixtures against the Hockey teams of HC Derby and football teams of Groote Lindt.

Back for supper followed by an evening of winding down and relaxation ready for Center Parcs de Kempervennen tomorrow for swimming and bowling and then more evening fixtures.  Good luck St Edmund’s!

An evening of excellent fixtures saw the U11 boys come from 3-1 down to a spectacular win of 4-3, a brilliant hard fought victory, The U13 boys played out of their skin, with a determined and disciplined performance which saw another excellent match.

The U11 girls hockey match was a fantastic battle of end to end grit and determination with each team scoring consecutively to end up with a final score of 3-2.

Wednesday 22 March

All raring to go after a Dutch breakfast, we are now on the way to Centre Parcs for a day of fun and then fixtures this evening.

Another excellent day on the St Edmund’s sports tour, with the sun shining on the AstroTurfs of the Netherlands.

With the day spent swimming and bowling the children fought exhaustion to play another 6 matches against HC Mistral and FC Dordrecht. The U11 boys are still leading the way with an 11-1 win, but the girls hockey are close behind with each of the 3 teams playing teams above their age group and proving that the St Edmund’s spirit will always win through.

The Baron roller coaster awaits us tomorrow at Efteling followed by our final evening of fixtures.

Thursday 23 March

Our final day started with eager anticipation as the group enjoyed a thrilling day of loop the loops and terrifying drops at Eftling Theme Park. We made the short journey to our final set of fixtures which saw the U12 boys record their first victory of the tour.

All packed and ready for an early start for the return to school in the morning via a Belgian chocolate factory. Once again the pupils have behaved perfectly and have represented St Edmund’s magnificently.