The annual autumn Sports Tour destination this year was Cardiff. Our Year 4 boys and staff embarked on the journey to the Welsh capital full of anticipation and excitement. Arriving just after lunchtime on Friday, the tour party headed straight to the House of Sport for a football training session with the Cardiff City Foundation. The boys showcased their brilliant skills and took part in a game-based activity to improve match awareness and tactical understanding. It was great to see the boys’ sheer joy and huge excitement to train on such high-quality pitches. The first day was rounded off with a trip to Infinity Trampoline Park for bouncing, dodgeball, back-boarding and gladiator-style battle pits. The boys had worked up an appetite and enjoyed dinner back at the hotel.
With a busy day planned, Saturday began with a continental buffet breakfast, which went down very well with the group. The first stop was a trip back to the House of Sport for our second training session with Cardiff City FC foundation coaches. The boys continued from where they left off on Friday and showcased some wonderful individual skills during a range of drills and small-sided activities. After a lunchbreak, the group continued their match-day experience by heading to the main stadium for Cardiff City versus Coventry City in the championship. The group took part in activities inside the stadium and were able to go pitch side for a photograph. The game finished 1-0 to Coventry, but the boys were enthralled by the live action and really enjoyed the atmosphere that was created by both sets of fans. At the conclusion of the fixture, the party headed to the city centre for a tour of the famous Principality Stadium. The national stadium, which is situated in the heart of Cardiff is steeped in history and the boys learned a great deal throughout the duration of their visit. Day two culminated in a visit to Pizza Express, which the boys loved.
On our final morning, the group participated in a friendly football fixture against Gwaelod Rangers Football Club in Heol Berry. This triangular tournament, which included the A3 Academy, was fantastic fun and great football was played by all three teams. Surbiton High Boys’ Prep School managed to claim one victory out of three and returned to English shores with a spring in their step. It was a fantastic weekend full of valuable learning throughout and lifelong experiences that the boys will remember for a long time.