School Sport: Marshalls Park shine on Porto tour
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 July 2016
Romford pupils learn key lessons from coaches
Marshalls Park pupils earned praise for their performance and behaviour on a four-day development tour of Porto over the weekend.
The Romford school’s football teams travelled to Portugal on a tour run by Inspiresport and received special coaching from Porto FC coaches.
And it appeared to pay off as the A team ran out 7-1 winners in a match against their Dragon Force Porto rivals, while the B team clinched a 3-2 victory and the girls claimed a 4-2 success against their counterparts.
Assistant head of PE Paul Aylett said: “The tour was outstanding and the students had a fantastic time. There were so many positives to the trip, but the highlight was the coaching from the Porto coaches.
“The students were amazing and I was so pleased with the coaching and how the boys and girls approached the sessions. The ethos used and adopted by Marshalls Park students on tour was a refreshing approach to training.”
Students were encouraged to make decisions for themselves and that approach made a notable impression on staff.
Aylett added: “As a coach I am guilty of demanding actions from the sideline and limiting the choices and decisions they make on the pitch.
“The tour made me think about my approach and I know the students, after listening to the coaches, flourished in the games they had against local opposition because of the sessions they attended.
“All three teams won their games which gave a fantastic buzz around the cohort for the last two days which included a lovely trip to a water park.”
The trip was an excellent way to bring the summer term to an end and Aylett admitted he is already counting down the days to the 2017 trip.
“It was a great four days in Porto and I am looking forward to next year’s already,” he said.
“I would like to thank the staff that supported the tour, Mrs Aylett, Miss Whitley and Mr Bundy.”
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