On the last week of term 30 students from the academy visited Holland to take part in a Masterclass Football Competition.

On Monday 8th April, in the early hours of the morning, students began their journey via coach to Valkenberg, for OSWBA’s 2019 Sports Tour.

On the first full day of the sports tour, students participated in a 90 minute training session led by professional Dutch coaches, where they looked at a range of different tactics and strategies that could be implemented into our evening games against local opposition.

On the evening our girls team (captained by Jamie Lee Mansell) drew 0-0 to LHC Girls, and our Boys team (captained by Jordan Kaye) unfortunately lost to 4-1 to RKVVL Polaris, however both teams performed and conducted themselves brilliantly.

The second full day of tour included more training sessions and matches against local opposition. Students and staff also got the opportunity to explore the local town of Valkenberg during the afternoon and participate in a school bowling competition.

During the evening the girls team travelled to RKHSV…where they lost 2-0 and the boys team played KVC Oranje, and also lost 5-1.  Despite this, it was again a great experience for both teams.

During the final day in Holland we all visited the infamous PSV Eindhoven Football Stadium where students had a full guided tour of the pitch, executive stands, trophy and press room and club shop, which was another awesome experience for all involved.

The Boys teams participated in a football tournament on the afternoon against other English schools, winning one game and losing two.

Nedas was the player of the tournament and Captain Jordan Kaye received a staff voted leadership award for his role as captain throughout the whole tour.

Mr Lawley and all the staff who attended the tour just want to thank and highlight how outstanding all the students were throughout the trip. All students were a credit to the academy and represented the school in a perfect manner!