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“During the February half term break, members of our Year 8 football team took to the road for their first Football tour. Their tour of Holland included a training session like no other, with former PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United and Holland international player, Ruud van Nistelrooy dropping in to share some advice and support with our talented players at PSV Eindhoven’s training ground. 

The trip was extremely rewarding for the whole team as they experienced four training sessions with elite coaches at De Herdgang, PSV Eindhoven’s state of the art training facility. The team demonstrated their skills during two U13 fixtures against local clubs with fantastic facilities and great heritage, ‘Quick 1888’ and ‘SC Woezik’. We are pleased to report that both Blue Coat teams won their games; 3-2 and 2-1 respectively.

We were also lucky enough to go on an all access tour of the Philips Stadion, PSV museum and attended a league fixture in the Eredivisie, Den Haag v PSV at the Cars Jeans Stadion.

Our hotel base throughout the tour provided students with an excellent place to call home, as the facilities included; two indoor football courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, gym, indoor bowling alley and swimming pool, ensuring they were kept entertained throughout the trip.

​The trip was a fantastic experience for students and staff alike. Overall the team not only developed their footballing skills but also enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience and created memories which will last a lifetime. One student remarked it was the “best holiday he’s ever been on!””

Mr Carney – PE Teacher

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