Bishopslea Preparatory School from Zimbabwe brought their U13A Hockey girls on tour to South Africa. They departed Harare on the 29 April 2018 and spent 7 nights in KwaZulu-Natal playing a number of fixtures and enjoying sightseeing along the way. The team played matches against Reddam House Umhlanga, Howick Preparatory School, St Mary's DSG, Winston Park Primary School and in a triangular tournament against Lynford School and Treverton College. Bishopslea had the pleasure of visiting uShaka Marine World, the golden beaches of Durban, the Gateway Theatre of shopping, the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, the Howick Falls and even an indoor trampoline park! The team also had 2 training sessions with specialised hockey coaches in Durban. Bishopslea Preparatory School departed Durban on the 06 May 2018 back to Harare, Zimbabwe.
Cornwall Hill College from Pretoria travelled to Cape Town on their annual Netball Tour with their U13A team. They departed O.R. Tambo International Airport on the 11 April 2018 with 9 girls and 3 accompanying staff members. They had a very busy schedule in place and played back to back matches as well as participate in a training session held by a current Protea's Player! Their fixtures were arranged against top schools in the Western Cape and they played a total of 4 matches. The team enjoyed all the amazing sightseeing Cape Town has to offer and visited Table Mountain, Robben Island, the Two Oceans Aquarium, enjoyed a trip to Boulders Beach and of course some beach time and shopping! The team returned to Pretoria on the 15 April 2018.
Epworth School from Pietermaritzburg, KZN, sent their 1st and 2nd team Netball girls on a tour to the Western Cape. They began their tour in Hermanus where they spent 4 nights and took part in a netball training camp run by Sandra du Plessis. They also played their first 2 matches against Overberg High School and Hermanus High School. The group then headed to Cape Town where they spent the final 2 nights of their tour. They played their final match against Rustenberg Girls' High School as well as had some free time for sightseeing which incuded a trip up Table Mountian and a boat ride to Seal Island. The group consisted of 20 girls and 2 staff members.
Lochinver House School and St Hugh's School from the United Kingdom, once again joined together to travel to South Africa on a Rugby Tour in April 2018. They began their tour in Cape Town where they played matches against Langa Development teams and Gardenia Primary School. Sightseeing included Table Mountain, a tour of Langa township with lunch at a local restaurant, a full day Cape Town Peninsula Tour including Hout Bay with a boat ride to Seal Island, Cape Point and Boulders Beach. The group then headed to beautiful KwaZulu-Natal where they played matches against Felixton College before making their way to Shakaland where they enjoyed a Zulu cultural experience. They then spent 2 nights at Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe Game Reserve, ending off this leg of the tour with a boat ride along the St. Lucia Estuary. The group then proceeded to Durban where they were accommodated for 3 nights in Umhlanga as well as played another fixture against Ashton International College Ballito. In their free time they enjoyed some time at the beach, a full day at uShaka Marine World as well as watching a Super Rugby Match - Sharks vs Bulls. The tour ended off in Johannesburg where the group played their last matches of the tour against Unika Primary School before heading to Sun City for their final 2 nights in South Africa. The tour party consisted of 29 boys, 4 staff members and 11 Supporters.
Maru-a-Pula School, who are based in Gabarone, Botswana, sent a group of boys' and girls' on a WWII tour to Poland and Germany in April 2018. The tour began in Poland where the group travelled through Warsaw, Krakow and Wroclaw. Sightseeing included the Warsaw Uprising Museum, Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, the Auschwitz and Birkenau Museum, the Osowka Underground City and Stalug Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum tour amongst others. They then headed to Berlin where they visited many historical sites such as the Jewish Museum, the Berlin Wall, the Check Point Charlie Museum, the Holocaust Memorial and the Topography of Terror Centre amongst others. The group then continued to Liepzig where the group had some well deserved free time before carrying on to Nuremberg. Visits here included The Fascination and Terror Documentation centre and the Nazi Rally sites as well as a city tour. The tour ended in Munich where the group visited the main sites of the city as well as enjoyed some free time for final sightseeing and shopping. The group consisted of 32 students and 3 staff members.
St Andrew's School for Girls' from Johannesburg sent their U16 and U18 girls on tour to the Netherlands in April 2018. The team consisted of 32 girls and 3 staff. On arrival in Amsterdam they transfered to the Hague for their first training session (own coaches) and matches. After this they transfered to Amsterdam where spent 3 nights. Here they had their second training session (Dutch coaches) and played their second matches. They had some free time to explore and they enjoyed a canal cruise. Following their time in Amsterdam they departed to Rotterdam for 2 nights. Here they played their third and forth matches. Sightseeing included a boat ride and Euromast visit as well as a bike tour in Zaanse Schans. After this they departed to Antwerp, Belguim, where they stayed for 1 night and played their fifth matches. They enjoyed a walking tour of Antwerp and had some free time to relax and explore. On their last night night they stayed in Cologne, Germany, where they enjoyed a city tour and play their last matches.
St David's Marist Inanda College from Johannesburg, travelled to Southern Ireland, on a rugby tour. They travelled with 26 boys and 3 staff. They arrived in Dublin and stayed for three nights at Gormanston Park Sports Campus. They then travelled to Galway and stayed at Barnacles Hostel. The tour then continued on to Limerick where they stayed at Limerick City Hotel for two nights. They had one night in Cork before ending their tour in Dublin. Whilst in Ireland they played five matches. They had the opportunity to visit many of the local attractions including Aviva Stadium, Inis Oir Island, Bunratty Castle and the Guiness Storehouse.
Comments from Tour Leader : We were very happy with the experience. From start to finish. Boys and staff were happy, and more than that, the parents who went with, loved every moment of it as well. Plenty of memories were made!
St. Alban’s College, from Pretoria, sent a basketball team on a tour to the USA. The tour began in Washington DC, where the group stayed for 4 nights. While in Washington, they had 3 matches against local teams, as well as training sessions with a local basketball coach. Visits to the Arlington National Cemetery, US Capitol Building and the Smithsonian Museum are among the stops while they were in Washington. Then the group travelled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they played a match and spent a night. The next stop was Philadelphia where the group spent 3 nights and played 2 matches. The group then travelled to ‘The Big Apple’, New York City, where they spent their final 2 nights on the tour. While in New York, they visited the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial, viewed the Statue of Liberty from the ferry en route to Staten Island and visited the famous ‘Cage’ basketball courts, located on West 4th Street. While on tour, the group had an opportunity to attend NBA matches. After a memorable tour, the boys returned home to South Africa.
A group of tennis players from St. Mary’s Waverley School, based in Johannesburg, travelled to Spain on an exciting tour. The girls departed Johannesburg for Mallorca where they spent 7 nights at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy. Located in Rafa’s home town of Manacor in Mallorca, the Academy combines tennis and education to ensure that players can follow their tennis career without having to forsake their academic progress. At the academy, the girls received coaching sessions from leading tennis coaches, performed fitness regimes and played matches against other participants at the academy. While in Mallorca, the girls ventured to the Old Town and explored an ancient castle and spent some time at a nearby beach. Following their time in Mallorca, the group flew to Barcelona where they spent 5 nights. While in Barcelona, the group attended a local football match, learnt how to make paella during a cooking course, enjoyed a bike tour through the town, visited the famous Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona and they played a tennis match against a local Spanish clubs. Concluding their tour, the girls had an exciting opportunity to attend 2 days of the Barcelona Open, where they watched tennis legends such as Rafa Nadal, Roger Feddera and Venus Williams competing for the Spanish title. After an amazing tour in Spain, the girls had a free morning for last minute shopping or sightseeing before departing for Johannesburg.
St. Stithian's Boys College from Johannesburg sent their u18 hockey team on a tour to The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in April 2018. The tour began in Amsterdam where they spent the first 4 nights of their tour followed by 2 nights in Rotterdam. The group played 2 matches against local teams in The Netherlands as well as enjoyed 4 training sessions with Dutch coaches. Sightseeing in The Netherlands included a canal cruise, Zaanse Schans, Snow Planet and free time to watch Premier League Hockey. The group then departed to Antwerp, Belgium, where they spent 2 nights at a local hostel. They played another match against a local team as well as enjoyed a bike tour of the city. The tour ended in Dusseldorff, Germany, where the group spent the final 3 nights of their tour. The group had their last training session with German coaches as well as played their final match of the tour. Sightseeing in Germany included a visit to Phantasialand - a theme park! The group consisted of 20 students and 3 staff.