Perse hockey players relish Netherlands tour
Year 10 and 11 Perse girls’ hockey players savoured the experience of a trip to the Netherlands during half term.
A group of 31 pupils travelled to Holland and faced a series of matches against top quality local opposition from Almeerse, Hilversum, Amsterdam and Soest during their tour.
The first game saw The Perse take on Almeerse and lose 3-0, the group having set off at 3am the previous morning, but they went on to win three of their remaining seven encounters.
The girls also spent time sight-seeing in Amsterdam, visiting the Lange Duinen, the Anne Frank Museum and the Rijksmuseum, before going on a three-hour bike tour of the Dutch capital.
They rounded off the trip by watching top sides Amsterdam Ladies and Pinoke Men in action in Dutch top flight hockey matches.
Sophie Smart (Year 11) was among the party and felt everyone enjoyed the trip.
She said: “It was a really memorable experience. The matches were quite challenging, but we knew that they would be before we went out there, but we beat Amsterdam, who we thought were going to be the strongest, so the girls can feel proud of themselves.
“We did a lot of extra-curricular activities as well as playing hockey. We went shopping in Amsterdam, we went on a bike tour, we went to some museums and we ate a lot of food!
“It’s the first time I’ve been on a hockey tour with the school and I hope they do it again.”
Listen to Maggie Tyrrell (Year 11) explain why she feels the Holland tour will benefit the players this season.