Shortly after arriving the group split with the footballers going off to watch a match and the Art and Spanish students getting to know the area. Initially the footballers were disappointed not to bewatching Barcelona play at the Nou Camp. Due to the match being moved to the night before we arrived we had to reschedule the game for one at Girona FC an hour outside of Barcelona. This proved to be a wonderful experience for the staff and students as Christina, our guide, had arranged for the students to have the best seats and also to meet the team on the pitch before kick-off, something the students will never forget!
The following four days were action packed, the footballers took part in training sessions at Espanyol FC and then had a series of competitive matches against local Spanish teams of which they won one and lost one with excellent performance from all, especially Ollie Jones who scored his first ever goal for the Grange in a 6-1 victory. It was great to see Mr Ackerley take on the role of football coach and he ended the tour as the Grange schools most successful football coach in history with a 100% win record.
The Artists visited an array of galleries such as the Picasso museum in the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter), and MACBA in the vibrant Ravel area of central Barcelona. They enjoyed a guided tour of the Segrada Familia and were sent off to explore the visual delights of the exciting city.
At night the group enjoyed a selection of group meals and tapas experiences but were happy to fall exhausted in to bed each evening. Everybody enjoyed the excursion out to Figueres and the home of the Dali museum where the surrealism of one of Spain's most famous Artists entertained and asked questions in equal measure. The last day saw the footballers start the day with a tour of Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium and the Artists/Spanish students took part in a photographic competition before meeting up at the beach for lunch and then some games in the spring sunshine. Our last meal, organised by Christina, was a group visit to a Paella restaurant.
As we have come to expect at the Grange school the students behaviour and attitude was excellent in all areas.