Porto Football Tour
A selection of year 8 and 9 pupils from The Snaith School embarked on a European football tour over the course of the May half term break. The tour comprised of a five night stay in Lousada on the outskirts of the city of Porto and gave the boys a fantastic opportunity to face up against European opposition in three competitive matches. The pupils could not have looked more professional jetting out in their tour tracksuits and polo shirts.
On day one the boys completed a morning training session at Lousada’s premier sports facility where Nottingham Forest and Brighton Hove Albion will spend part pre-season. Incidentally, these Championship outfits are also staying in the same hotel as Snaith School. The evening fixture was against USC Parades and saw the stand out performance from the year 8 side who secured a closely fought 2-1 victory on a typically hot Portuguese evening.
Tuesday had an even more packed schedule, beginning with a tour of the world famous 50,000 seater Estadio Do Dragao. The boys were able to sit in the very chair the clubs manager was sat in one day prior for a press conference having just been sacked for a 3rd place league finish. This was followed by a fantastic lunch at a riverside restaurant then a shopping excursion to Porto mall. The evening match was against inner city side CD Candal and it was the year 9s time to shine. In a 2,000 seater stadium complete with club shop a 35 yard thunderbolt free kick sparked a whole school pitch invasion and stole a late 3-3 draw for Snaith.
After an intense 3 days the boys were able to relax at Park Aquatico Amarante. Here some of the group took the opportunity to practice their Portuguese and made some new friends in the process. Thursday was game day and like the professional sides staying at the hotel later this summer, the boys got their minds on the match while making use of the sites pool, crazy golf, tennis and superb foot golf facilities. The evening’s performances were impressive from both teams against AFC Lordelo.
On Friday there was time for a quick shopping trip before the journey home. In terms of results the trip was the most successful the school had ever had and the positive nature of the tour was summed up when a group of off duty teachers said how ‘brilliant’ the boys’ behaviour was on the flight. The pupils can also be extremely proud of the team work, sportsmanship and effort in hot conditions that they demonstrated throughout the matches.