BOSWELLS FOOTBALL SQUADS FLY OUT FOR PORTUGUESE FOOTBALL TOUR
40 students from The Boswells School were lucky enough to spend part of their Easter Holiday taking part in the school’s biennial football tour this April, as this time the school visited Portuguese giants FC Porto for a week training and playing football overseas. The tour, run on the back of the successful trip to Espanyol in 2015, is open to Year 8, 9 and 10 students and enables them to sample training and playing from a different perspective and different culture.
As part of the week, the boys get to have 5 training sessions at the official Porto training ground, Vitalis Park – a specialist facility built in place of the old stadium – with the Porto academy staff, followed by competitive games against the Porto Dragon Force academy sides. In their respective fixtures, the Year 8 team played superbly to win 7-4, the year 9 team were excellent in winning 9-1 and the Year 10 side played really well against a very gifted Dragon Force XI as they went down 5-3.
Away from the football, the boys also get to have a behind the scenes tour of Porto’s Estadio de Dragao stadium and museum, and got to watch competitive top-flight action as Braga drew 3-3 with Maritimo in a top-six clash at Braga’s iconic mountain stadium.
PE teacher Callum Ridgway said, “This is the second tour we have run now and Espanyol in 2015, and provided another fantastic opportunity for the boys to get some top-class coaching in a different environment from back home. The Porto tour really is exceptional as the coaches, the facilities, the player-based food and even the Porto staff were all first class, and the boys trained and played really well, better than we could have hoped. Their behaviour and attitude representing the school was really good all week and made for an all-round brilliant tour.”
The school will be running the tour again in 2019, with more information coming at the start of the next academic year in September.