Windsor Castle

Friday the group spent the morning wandering around the grounds and buildings of Windsor Castle and the cobblestoned streets of the city centre. 

Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and The Queens's favourite weekend home located at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. 

Games where then played in the evening and players then spent the night with their friendly hosts. 

Game results: 

Girls 2: 4-2 win

Boys team: 1-5 loss

Girls 1: 1-1 draw

Saturday morning we set off back to London for some more exploring, a football game and then board a super ferry to the Netherlands on the evening.

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Touring the Cotswolds

Today the group toured The Cotswolds. Cotswolds = an area of natural beauty. We are now settled in for a quiet night at the impressive Heythrop Park manor hotel. 

Guiting Manor

Guiting Manor

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Bourton-on-the-water

Bourton-on-the-water

St Michael'snand All Angels Church - Guiting Power

St Michael'snand All Angels Church - Guiting Power

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Lunch at the Hollow Bottom pub

Guiting Power

Guiting Power

Bourton-on-the-water

Bourton-on-the-water

Heythrop Park Manor lodge

Heythrop Park Manor lodge

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Birmingham and games

Today we explored the massive Bullring Shopping precinct in Birmingham. Favourite shops seemed to be Victoria's Secret and Sports Direct! The majority of the group enjoyed a delicious lunch at Jamie Oliver's restaurant.

Our third game results against our new hosts where as follows.

Girls team 2: 1-0 win (HT 1-0) 

Girls team 1: 4-2 win (HT 2-1) 

Boys team: 0-4 loss (HT 0-4)

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Warwick Castle and Second Games

This morning we said farewell to our wonderful hosts and headed to Warwick Castle. There we explored this amazing  medieval castle developed from an original built by William the Conquerer in 1068.

This evening we played our second game against our new host club.

All teams played exceptionally well against very strong opposition.

Results:

Girls 2 - 2-3 loss (half time 1-2)

Girls 1 - 3-0 win (half time 2-0)

Boys - 1-6 loss (half time 1-5)

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Girls team 2

Girls team 2

Girls team 1

Girls team 1

Boys team

Boys team

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First games

The players thoroughly enjoyed their first night with their hosts and then battled against them on the hockey pitch this afternoon. Great game from the boys team going down 5-3. Girls team 1 had a tough battle against a very fast and skilful opposition going down 4-0 and the Girls team 2 had a very even game with a Wanderers goal in the last 20 seconds to register a well deserved 2-2 draw. Tomorrow morning we head to Warwick Castle and then our second games against a new club in the evening. We are hoping the rain clears tonight!

Girls team 1

Girls team 1

Girls team 2

Girls team 2

Boys team

Boys team

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