Twenty-three Year 7 & 8’s spent the first two days of their February half term visiting Manchester to take part in a variety of activities. The first stop was a visit to the National Football Museum right in the centre of the city where they had the opportunity to look at the world’s greatest football collection – over 140,000 items – including the FIFA collection.

This was followed by a guided tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on the day before their Champions League clash with Barcelona! As well as visiting the directors box and going pitch side through the players tunnel to sit in the dugouts we were able to go in to the home dressing room where all the players kits were set out ready for the match the next day.

We then visited the National Cycling Centre which was Britain’s first indoor Olympic cycling track, home to the longest indoor BMX track in Europe. Two hours of coaching produced some fantastic riding on what is an amazing track. The coach who led the session was amazed at the courage, determination and skill the group showed with many of them even learning to use the electric starting blocks. Ronan was a real pro!

After a busy day we headed to our youth hostel for some sleep before our early start on the second day which started with a two hour training session run by Manchester City Academy coaches at their Platt Lane training complex. At the end of the session the group were lucky enough to meet two members of the England women’s football team who play for Manchester City, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott, who both coincidently are from the North East.

We then headed to the Chill Factore, a large indoor snow dome for some fun on the slopes. Tubing, sledging and luge had the group flying down the snow before we returned to our coach to head home after an action packed few days.

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