A Sri Lankan Adventure
Over the summer break pupils from Stamford High School undertook an inspiring and challenging tour of Sri Lanka to play netball and hockey. Here we provide two perspectives on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Head of Sport at Stamford High School and tour leader, Maria Bewers, shares her pride in the girls. “Stamford High School girls always make the most of new experiences and opportunities and the Sri Lanka tour was no exception. The girls fully embraced the culture, excursions, local food and interaction with the locals, plus the testing temperatures, with great enthusiasm and interest. We were so impressed with the local level of strength on the hockey field and the incredible 99% accuracy on the netball courts. The Stamford girls made amazing progress and we came home with some good wins and valuable lessons learnt from tough battles. Well done to all involved and I have no doubt we will be talking about the memories in years to come.”
Team captain, Lily Borley, reflected on the build up to the tour and the memories of the trip. "At the first mention of a Sri Lankan hockey and netball tour, the girls at Stamford High School were extremely excited. With plans to play in a hot country and experience so many unique opportunities, from releasing turtles to climbing Sigiriya Rock, we were all itching to get going!
We fundraised for sports equipment and money to take with us as gifts for the Foundation of Goodness, where we would later play. All the girls managed a sponsored walk around Rutland which allowed friendships within the group to be formed. Before heading out to Sri Lanka we needed just a little training! These training sessions were fun and full of laughter! The arrival of the kit was the final step before setting off on July 7 for our 11-hour flight.
We landed in a hot and humid Sri Lanka where we were warmly greeted by our tour guide. Throughout the 15 days we visited many cultural places travelling all over the island; Kandy, Colombo and Negombo! It was interesting to see how their culture and different religions were celebrated and how proud the Sri Lankan people were of their history. To end the tour we had an awards evening to celebrate our successes on and off the pitches and courts. Many of us didn’t want the tour to end; we had been so warmly welcomed by the Sri Lankan people but we knew we would take home lots of special memories from this really wonderful adventure!"