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Disneyland Paris Netball Tour 2015

Disneyland Paris Netball Tour 2015

Disneyland Paris Netball Tour 2015

On the 29th March 2015, 40 students along with 4 members of staff from The Axholme Academy travelled to Paris in order to take part in an International Netball Festival. This was the first time a sports tour had run at the Academy so we were looking forward to the trip. The students spent three fun-filled days playing netball against other schools from across the country, taking part in coaching master classes from ex-England players and spending time in the Disneyland Paris parks. The girls’ netballing ability improved considerably throughout the course of the trip and their effort, attitude and behaviour was phenomenal. Day 1 and 5 were spent travelling and being thoroughly entertained by our coach driver, Kevin. We even managed to squeeze in a dip in the swimming pool at our accommodation, Davy Crockett Ranch on Day 1. On the second day, each of the four teams took part in four netball matches throughout the morning and then spent the afternoon in Disneyland Paris. The morning of Day 3 was spent in Walt Disney Studios followed by our coaching in the afternoon. The students learnt different tactics for attacking, defending and shooting, alongside taking on certain challenges such as how far they could leap and how long they could hold a plank for. These tactics were invaluable for our match play the following day. On Day 4 each of our teams were put into various competitions, dependent on ability, therefore they were playing against similarly matched teams and the games were much more exciting and well fought. Our Under 16 team was the most successful, managing to win two of their matches in the Challenge Cup. The students were given some more time in the parks, this was mostly spent shopping and picking up presents for family members back home. That evening we were invited to a presentation evening, where each of our teams managed to claim a trophy, which was presented to the captains by the current England Netball players Sasha Corbin and Lindsay Keable. All in all, this was an extremely successful trip and Miss Downs, Miss Harrison, Miss Whiting and Miss Danoris would like to thank our students for their amazing behaviour throughout.