36 pupils and four members of staff including; Mr Lawrence, Mr Harvey, Mr Veal and Miss Cyster attended the London 2012 games to watch two events over 2 days and all that has to be said is “WOW”. London was buzzing with excitement and to experience the atmosphere was an excellent opportunity for all the pupils and staff involved.
Wednesday 1st August 2012
We departed from MBA at 6am making our journey up to London with many pupils enjoying the healthy food choices supplied at the services namely KFC, Burger King and McDonalds!
Our 1st event was Men’s Football being held at the home of English Football…WEMBLEY STAIDIUM! Mr Lawrence and Mr Harvey (Football Fanatics) were a little bit exci ted whilst walking from the tube station up ‘WEBLEY WAY’ to Wembley Stadium and I think they were more exited than the pupils.
The fixture was South Korea vs. Gabon which ended in a 0 – 0 draw in what was a highly contested game. The game was well attended with + 76,000 spectators at the game and all that was missing was a goal. After the game and evening dinner, we made our way to our accommodation for the night at the University of Surrey.
Thursday 2nd August 2012
Our second day was a visit to the Olympic Park to see Handball. After an early 04.30am start for breakfast, many staff and pupils had to have a power nap as the excitement was all too much!
Handball is a fast paced and very exciting game to watch and this event was held at the ‘Copper Box’ arena holding approx 17,000 spectators. We were lucky to watch two matches…South Korea vs. Spain and France vs. Tunisia.
After the events, we had plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere walking around the Olympic Park and just being in London highlighted to the pupils that life is very different compared to the open roads, beaches and fields of Penwith / Cornwall.
Somehow we bumped into some old faces by seeing Miss C. Lodey who was working for BMW in the Olympic Park.
The pupil’s did the Academy proud and the behaviour, support and spirit showed to all teams and supporters from different parts of the globe was exemplary.
Overall, it was a fantastic experience and a very well organised trip……GO TEAM GB!
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