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Posted on: 28/06/2019

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New York School Trip


During May half term, 40 of our students embarked on the trip of a lifetime, from the muted mistiness of Stanford Le Hope to the technicolour bazaar that is New York City. Whoever coined the phrase ‘A city of dreams’ certainly didn’t do a bad job in summarising the bright lights and hustle and bustle of NYC.

The trip was the annual offering from the PE department with the goal of providing a unique experience away from the more traditional European sports tour. The itinerary was jam packed with an array of high level coaching from iconic US sports teams, stadium tours, game days, essential sightseeing and even a Broadway theatre show. Of course, there was an endless supply of burgers, hot dogs and fries to ensure pupils remained sufficiently well fuelled.

Heading out on day one of the tour, pupils tried their hand at baseball in the batting cages at Chelsea Piers. Anyone suffering from a little jet lag was soon given a late wakeup call as a baseball whistled past at 70mph. The session also allowed pupils to put their newly learned skills into a game as they learned the rules of this American classic. The afternoon was then spent enjoying a circle line tour around Manhattan, taking in the sights from the Hudson River whilst enjoying temperatures in excess of 30 degrees. Of course, when you travel 3471 miles to the other side of the world it would only be right to finish the day with…McDonalds!

Early morning day two was all about soccer and specifically time with the coaches of the New York Red Bulls. Travelling to New Jersey for the session, pupils enjoyed two hours in the sun in the shadow of the New York Skyline. Words just will not do justice to the view. It is important to note that it was here, Frank Sinatra park, that Mr Salmon and Mr Lucas confirmed legendary status for hitting the cross bar in the concluding competition. (Please email us directly for a video/ signed photos). Thank you to Mrs Gisby and Miss Harvey for taking part.

Shortly after a bite to eat (more carbs) we headed back to Mid-town Manhattan for a tour of Madison Square gardens. The iconic venue which played host to the Anthony Joshua fight only a few days later as well as the home of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

Having gone a few hours without a burger it was vital that pupils topped up their reserves, and what better place to do that than at Bubba Gumps in the middle of Time Square with a 3 course meal. Mamma always said life was like a box of chocolates but it seemed on this occasion life was more like a pulled pork burger and yet more fries. Another special mention here for the chef’s special dessert. Incredible.

After dinner we headed back out to the iconic lights of Time Square for a selfie frenzy and then back downtown to The Empire state building for a different view of the city. One more thing ticked off the bucket list.

Kicking off day 3 we turned our attentions to Tennis visiting the home of the US Open at Flushing Meadow. Students were treated to an all access guided tour of the facilities including a chance to stand on centre court. This was then followed by a coaching session and a chance to play on the outside courts at the Billie Jean King complex. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and now St Clere’s school can all say they’ve played at Flushing Meadow, but only a few can say that they’re unbeaten. After tennis a train to the Bronx for a sporting Fixture. New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres at the Yankee stadium with pre game tour. Another evening that will stay in the memory for a long time to come.

Early day 4 we departed the hotel to do some sightseeing and a chance to visit a few iconic locations. The Rockefeller centre, 5th avenue, Central Park and Macy’s all ticked off before Chelsea won the European Cup. St Clere’s students should be congratulated for collectively boosting the American economy with their net spend in Macy’s.

Requiring a boost of energy before the show, students headed back for a quick sleep and to prepare for Broadway, Thursday night was show night and what an incredible experience King Kong proved to be. Something slightly different from the rest of a sport packed tour but another memory created for all.

Last day was upon us and a trip to the 9/11 museum and memorial rounded off the itinerary. A humbling experience around an event that has shaped modern history. There was a final chance for shopping at the world trade centre before cases were loaded and we made our way back to JFK for the overnight flight.

It is fair to say any passengers on the flight who would have been concerned at seeing 40 teenagers at check in had absolutely nothing to worry about with the majority of them fast asleep before take-off. A job well done.

Following the success of New York 2019 the PE department will endeavour to run further trips to The Big Apple and across the world. Watch this space for further announcements about our department tours.

Edwin Doran and St Clere’s staff may have created the plan for this tour but our pupils made it. Thank you to each of you for making it such an enjoyable experience for us all.


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