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Netherlands 2017

Over the Easter holidays 8 staff and 3 sixth form coaches gave up part of their holiday to take 63 students to Eindhoven, Netherlands to compete in a school sports hockey and netball festival.

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The huge group was comprised of students from years 8 -11 with Langley entering 5 netball teams and 2 hockey teams into the competition. We arrived at our Centre Parcs accommodation, after a long coach journey, and quickly settled in. The following morning was an early start and straight out to the sports venue for the morning coaching sessions. Netballers received expert coaching from county level coaches and the hockey players from national league players. The facilities were excellent and allowed the girls to really develop their skills and team play ready for the matches that afternoon. After lunch the competition presented us with a mixture of opposition but the experience of playing new teams was welcomed.

netherlands 2017 2In the netball the U13 A’s dominated, as has become their default setting, resulting in them winning their age group and bringing home a large trophy for the cabinet. U13 B’s put out some good performances and built on the training they had received. U15 A’s played well but came up against a strong Thurston team making them determined to get their own back in the 2nd match against them, which they were disappointed to lose by 1!!! . U15B’s again built on their training on the morning and came away with some strong results against older teams. U18’s played some good netball and came away with a mixture of results but were left with a memorable win in their last ever match for LPGS.

In the hockey the U13’s were slow to start. Losing their first game but quickly picked up momentum drawing and then winning the next 3 games to finish day 1 on a high. The following day matches were repeated and similar scores were seen but play had improved for all teams, meaning our girls were left in 3rd position. The U15 hockey team also started well and showed their talent early on to ruffle some feathers in the competition. It was really encouraging to see the girls trying the skills they had been taught in the morning during match play. A few close games meant there was all to play for against the Dutch school, but sadly results elsewhere meant they finished in 3rd, narrowly missing a place in the final. The girls really enjoyed the experience of playing the Dutch school and even tried out some of their phrasebook Dutch. Throughout the trip girls were rewarded for being ‘star of the day’ and ‘dork of the day’ due to their weird and wonderful antics on and around the court/pitch, all part of building team spirit and morale.

netherlands 2017 3After a tiring day of sport, we returned to Centre Parcs for bowling and swimming – these girls have got some energy!!! Due to a slight confusion in closing times the bowling became a highly entertaining evening of ‘speed bowling’ in order to fit everyone in. The pool offered a more sedate cool down and relax for the weary legs, as well as some fun in the flumes and wave pool.

Our final day was spent in Phantasialand, Germany where rollercoasters and ghost trains were the order of the day. Miss Bush and Miss Hamlett we left feeling slightly unwell after the Black Mamba loop the loop rollercoaster, but at least they gave it a go, unlike Miss Cejer and Mr
Sturley who were more suited to the tea cups
J. Mr Beardsworth’s head even went missing on the swing carousel!!??

It’s fair to say the journey home was a lot quieter than going, as a well needed nap was in order for many. Even Miss Hamlett’s microphone entertainment couldn’t keep us awake. The trip was a great success and this is due to the brilliant students we took, playing sport for over 10 hours across the trip, developing their individual skills and team work – you did us proud. But the biggest thank you must go to the staff and sixth form coaches who made this trip so enjoyable and positive, in everyway: Miss Hamlett, Miss Cejer, Miss Walker, Mr Webb, Mr. Clarke, Mr. Beardswroth, Mr. Sturley, Gina, Liv and Beth - without your time, energy and great sense of humour it wouldn’t have been the same. Now we build for next season and the next tour in 2019…

 

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Head of PE

 


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