Sports Tour 2018

This year saw 40 students fly off to Platja d’Aro in Spain on the Warlingham School Football and Netball Tour. The trip took two football and two netball teams. The students left at 7am on the bank holiday Monday and flew from Heathrow to Barcelona. All the staff (Mr Tipton, Mr Gunn, Mr Smith, Miss Hurst and Mrs Runge) were mightily relieved once they touched done in sunny Spain! It was an hour and a half journey to the Caleta Palace Hotel, where we were greeted by Activ4. We quickly checked in and were soon ready for our first buffet dinner. To end the day, we headed out on the town for some karaoke. MC Albie was fantastic on the microphone and performed a brilliant rendition of ‘Man’s Not Hot’! After singing their hearts out (well Mr Gunn and Miss Hurst) it was time to head to bed as we finished our first day.

The morning of day two saw all of our teams undertake their first training session. All were up bright and early to travel to St Antoni, where the footballers trained on a 4G pitch and the netballers trained in the sports hall. After a good morning session, the teams headed back to the hotel for lunch before going back out for more afternoon activities. The netballers had another training session, where they outplayed St John Fisher. The footballers headed to the Aro stadium, to play against St John Fishers B and C teams in their first matches. Warlingham 1’s dominated their opposition with impressive goals coming from Jay Simpson, Val Marchese, and the game finished 6-0. The 2’s fought hard for a 3-3 draw, after a superb Luke Gutteridge hat-trick.

After a long day it was time to head back to the hotel to freshen up before the big bowling showdown! The bowling saw Jay Simpson wipe the floor with everyone, scoring well over 120, although Miss Hurst did come a close second (much to the disappointment of Mr Tipton and Mr Gunn)! After bowling everyone battled it out in the arcade for first place on the punch bag, air hockey and ball kicking machines.

Day three saw the netballers take part on Miss Hurst’s netball session, for some fun in the sun. Whilst the footballers headed off for their second coaching session with the Espanyol FC coaches. After two exhausting sessions in tropical conditions (19 degrees), we all headed to the beach before lunch. In the afternoon, we headed out for an 18-hole showdown of mini-golf. A challenging course that for some looked impossible. Everyone’s competitive side was on show and we had plenty of birdies, eagles and a few hole-in-ones! Time to cool off, so it was back to the pool and beach; and cool off is exactly what the boys did in the non-heated pool.

In the evening the footballers played their international match against CE Farners. Team 1 were unlucky not to take another victory. A couple of great goals, notable by Val Marchese saw us lead going into the final 15 minutes. A few missed chances and some lacklustre defending saw us concede a late equaliser; with the score finishing 2-2. Team 2 came up against a very good B team which pinned them back for long periods of the game. The pressure told and the team lost 6-0.  The netballers decided it was ‘Ladies Night’ and headed out to explore Platja d’Aro before finally ending up at the ice cream parlour. After a fantastic evening experiencing Spanish football, playing under the floodlights and the Platja d’Aro town it was the end of day three.

Day four saw a very early start for our netballers as they headed out for their two netball tournaments. Team two stepped up first and battled hard against a number of English schools. They had a couple of good wins and a couple of draws. Notable performances from all the girls, but there were stand out performances from Molly Smith (best defender), Holly O’Sullivan (player of the tournament) and Holly Valentine (top goal scorer).

In the afternoon team one played in their tournament against a different set of schools. The girls were up for this and after discussing their team tactics, they were ready to put them into action. The girls were on fire and their link up play down the court gave both Olivia Sexton and Amy Collins plenty of shooting opportunities. Winning their first few games comfortably and going into the final game they only needed a draw to become Spain 2018 Champions. However, they kept up the pressure on their opposition and were crowned undefeated Spain 2018 Champions. Well done ladies, it was a pleasure to watch!

Whilst the netballers were off competing in their tournaments the footballers played their final matches. Team two faced a strong Walton side at Calonge, with team one cheering them on in the stands. After a taxing week and a few injuries, the team were unlucky in their final match. After a superb finish from Alfie Lamb to equalise, they eventually lost 4-1. Later on, team one took on St John Fishers A team. This was much more of a challenge compared to the game they played earlier in the week against SJF and in a game of very few chances for either side, saw us lose 3-1 after some clinical finishing from the opposition forwards.

After some great sporting displays everyone reconvened by the pool for a couple of hours before packing their cases. The evening was jammed packed and saw our tour quiz take place. Five rounds of tough questions and activities (Spanish picture round, Spanish general knowledge, word search, guess the sport and a picture round to finish). After all the excitement of the quiz, our first prize giving took place. All of the students received a certificate of participation and took their team photos. The final evening entertainment saw us head to the disco with all of the other schools to celebrate the week in Platja d’Aro at SportsFest. After dancing the night away, and some interesting dance moves, it was time to head home to catch enough sleep so that we could enjoy our long final day.

On our final day we were up bright and early to check out of our rooms, before heading to the pool and beach for once last time. There was time to top up our tans and one last dip in the ice cold pool before a quick lunch and departure from the hotel. After lunch we set off for Barcelona, for the Nou Camp Tour, home to Barcelona FC. After visiting the trophy room, changing rooms, walking down the tunnel; sitting in the dugouts and walking through the press rooms, we had finished our tour and headed for the club shop. After spending some of their money our final trip was to Las Rambles for some shopping. Many of the groups went off to buy their souvenirs and presents for friends and family. Whilst Mr Tipton got dragged to Sephora to look at the make up with many of the girls! After their spending spree, it was time to head for the airport to catch our flight. After a slight delay we safely landed at Gatwick and then completed our final coach journey to School about 2.30am.

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the staff who gave up a week of their Easter holidays to go on tour. Also, a massive thank you to all of the students who attended Tour 2018, you were great and represented the school extremely well! Finally, to all of the parents/carers, thank you for being on time and helping the trip to run smoothly in its early stages. As we look back with many fond memories of this year’s tour, it will soon be time to do it all again. Bring on Tour 2019!!!


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