Blyth pupils enjoy a sporting adventure in Holland

Bede Academy's Year 9 hockey squad in Holland.
Bede Academy's Year 9 hockey squad in Holland.

Talented students have been showcasing their sports skills on an international stage.

A total of 37 Year 9 students from Bede Academy, in Blyth, travelled to Holland earlier this year to take part in hockey and rugby tours, respectively.

Youngsters from Bede Academy's rugby squad on their tour to Holland.

Youngsters from Bede Academy's rugby squad on their tour to Holland.

Based in the coastal town of Nordwijik, the youngsters took part in a host of fixtures against local teams.

And the popular visit helped cement further links with teams and schools in the Dutch town.

A spokesperson for Bede Academy said: “It was the sixth year of the annual tour and strong relationships are now being forged with clubs who always show great enthusiasm for our visits and follow all matches with terrific hospitality.”

The rugby team won both fixtures against Amstelveen RC and Bassetts RC.

The fixture at Amstelveen was a chance to give all boys in the squad a good run out after the long ferry crossing, and in the second half the team really started to gel together.

Coby Allen was picked as player of the match due to his quick thinking and alertness.

The fixture at the Bassetts RC was played on their new quality 4G pitch and was an end-to-end competitive game.

Bede came out on top largely thanks to the fine kicking from Izaac Little.

Rugby is really starting to develop in Holland and the coaches at the club enjoyed telling the party from Bede about a visit from Eddie Jones, the England head coach, the previous week.

The hockey team went down in two tough matches to Amstelveen and Verhout HC.

The standard of grassroots hockey in Holland is exceptionally high with girls from the age of four playing and developing their skills.

The Blyth players were superb ambassadors for the Academy and Abigail Herron was picked as player of the tour.

The spokesperson for Bede added: “At Bede Academy we fully understand the value of school sport and the many physical and social benefits it can bring.

“In giving students the opportunity to try a much wider variety of sports we are able to increase participation levels, develop talent and help young people lead a healthier, more active lifestyle.”

Bede Academy, based in Sixth Avenue, is a three to 18 academy.

Opened in September 2009, it is run by the Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

For more information on the school visit www.bedeacademy.org.uk