Inagural Football Tour to Lisbon is a massive success
During half term, 54 boys from Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 took part in a truly memorable football tour in the City of Lisbon, Portugal. The tour was hugely successful both on and off the pitch.
On arrival, the boys enjoyed some top class training from the Benifca youth coaches. Receiving advice and guidance from the very coaches involved in the development of players at a club with such pedigree and history in both domestic and European competitions was very special. These sessions will live long in the memory.
The training seemed to have the desired impact as the boys clearly enjoyed their European debuts; they played well, worked hard for each other and got some great results. Playing evening games, under floodlights, was a fantastic experience. This was enhanced enormously by the big crowds that came to see the boys play. It is fair to say that the boys really stepped up to the challenge and made the most of the opportunity.
Whilst the training and match schedules were intense, the boys did have time to enjoy a variety of other experiences. Highlights included: having an entire bowling alley to ourselves, having lunch in the hospitality section of Estádio da Luz (Benfica’s stadium), touring the stadium itself, having a walking tour of Lisbon and having a day on the beach in October!
There is no doubt that the boys and staff left Lisbon with huge satisfaction at such good performances and memories that will last forever.
Our massive thanks go to Mr Griffin for so expertly organising and leading the trip and also to Mr Norton, Mr Barth, Mr Cavanagh and Mr Pritchard for accompanying the boys on the tour!