The BSB team travelled to London on Tuesday, 21st of April, ready to enjoy the comprehensive football-oriented excursion and activity plan which ExPro had prepared for them.
On arrival they were taken straight to Stadium MK, home of Football League One side Milton Keynes Dons FC. Here the team were given a tour of the ground, where the boys had the chance to meet some of the players in the dressing room before their evening match (Dons winning 3-0 in an exciting fixture). This was a fabulous opportunity for the boys to sample English football and their fans, as well as join in with the chanting and singing throughout the game.
On Wednesday, the took a tour of London, visiting some of the main attractions of the big city, namely Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square and St. James Park. Back on the bus, they headed to Wembley Stadium, where the team took the tour, visited the changing rooms, the tunnel, sat in the dugouts and were fortunate enough to see and take pictures of the famous FA Cup, and of course, visit the club shop!
On the third day the football began, a slight culture shock for our boys coming up against some very physical opponents. The BSB team played 4 thirty minute games, playing some nice technical football, unfortunately conceding some unlucky goals against the run of play. They finished day one with a draw and three defeats. After the matches were complete all the teams were taken off to Northampton Town Stadium for a ground tour and another visit to the club shop. Then they returned to the venue of the games for some training, where the students played some fun football-related games, such as Cross Bar Challenge, Penalty Shoot Out, Walking Football, Crab Football, amongst others.
On day four the competition changed format and the BSB team was regrouped into the Consolation Cup. They were undefeated in this new competition playing out 5 draws. The boys played extremely well as a team this time, showing great team spirit and cohesion with each other. They then went to the awards ceremony where each team were awarded their medals. Finally, the majority of teams then returned to the hotel for the Gala dinner.
On Saturday morning the BSB team returned to Spain.
Ms Manley said “Overall it was a great experience. It was very enriching for the children, as they got opportunities to meet and socialise with other children from around the globe as well as sampling English culture. A great time was had by all!”
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