Year 9 Belfast rugby Tour 2017
On Friday 3rd of March, we met excitedly at school at 6am. We boarded the coach and the atmosphere was great! We arrived at Liverpool airport for our short flight to Belfast. We were there before we knew it. It was only a short drive to the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where we were staying in a very comfy Premier Inn. We took the opportunity to visit the best bakery in Ireland - voted in 2016! We then checked in at the Premier Inn and had some time to unpack.
After settling in we then made our way to our rugby match at Campbell College. We had a great game and battled hard. They were a great bunch of lads and it was good to meet them. After the match we had lunch at the college and then made our way back to the hotel and got cleaned up.
We had free time so we relaxed for a while and had time to watch some TV, before we had to have dinner. Later that evening, we were lucky enough to go to Ulster Rugby Ground to see Ulster play Bennetton Treviso at home. They won 14:7. The atmosphere was great, was great to see Ulster win! It was a great experience. We then travelled back to the hotel and went to bed ready for the all you can eat breakfast and tough game ahead of us!
After a good nights sleep and an amazing breakfast we were all set for our second day’s match at Regent House School. We played 2 tough games and had a good fun. We had a brilliant lunch, including much needed hot chocolates, and not so much needed but very tasty creme eggs!
After a shower and change of clothes we spent the afternoon at the local rugby club and watched them play. The evening was spent watching an amazing game of ice hockey. Again, the home team won. After a very busy day, we returned tired for our final nights sleep.
On the sunday morning we had our final brilliant breakfast at the Premier Inn and then had a stroll around the outskirts of the Titantic Museum. This was a sight to behold with the amazing structures and also emotional tributes to the event.
We boarded the plane in the afternoon and returned to Liverpool around 3pm. On the coach home Mr Waddell gave out prizes for effort and team spirit to the team. This was a great end to a great trip.
By Zach Taylor and Stephen Harrison
Myself and few other parents had the privilege of accompanying the Year 9 school rugby tour to Belfast this weekend. I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how impressed I was with the organisation of the tour, and the efforts placed by the teaching staff in ensuring the boys had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Every detail seemed to have been very well planned with a full itinerary providing the boys with an action packed weekend which included watching Ulster play rugby on the Friday evening and taking in the Belfast Giants ice hockey match on the Saturday evening. The boys were also provided with an insight into the history of Titanic at the museum on the Sunday morning. What impressed me the most was the excellent balance of approach the teaching staff have with the boys between an expected level of discipline when appropriate and required, with the fun to ensure the boys get the most from their experience and learning. The school was represented very well and the obvious bond formed with the Belfast hosting schools is something we should be proud off. The boys have gained some great life experiences this weekend thanks to the school staff involved in planning this tour and the approach of the staff from the PE department.
Can you please pass on this thanks to all involved.
Mr G Blackledge
Parent & Governor
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