Sport and Public Service students got the amazing opportunity to take part in a 2 week (16 February – 2 March) residential to Rome, Italy.
The purpose of the tour was to experience sport activities and coaching in another European country and learn about Italian culture, visit a variety of towns and cities and be expected to try to learn some basic Italian to enable them to meet and greet local people that they came across.
Both weeks were packed full of a variety of different activities, which kept all the students busy and engaged:
- Italian lessons
- Volleyball, basketball and field hockey coaching sessions
- Visit to the local shopping centre using Italian public transport
- Watch Roma V Bologna at The Stadio Olimpico
- Coach at a local secondary school
- Coaching for Honey Soccer Academy
- Visit Rome to see key land marks such as – Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, St Peters Square, Vatican City
- Volleyball, Basketball and Field Hockey coaching sessions
- Visit to the local beach
- Visit Rome to see key land marks such as — Piazza Navona, the Colosseum , The Spanish Steps
- Watch a Six Nations Rugby fixture against Italy and Ireland at The Stadio Olimpico
- Coach at a local primary school
- Coaching for Honey Soccer Academy
- Expressive dance lesson
- Final Awards ceremony
Also throughout the trip, students were able to experience the local food especially the Italians love for pasta, experience different methods of communication when faced with the language barrier although it’s safe to say all the students knew basic Italian and were able to greet people, say thank you and basic coaching phrases.
The students also had the opportunity to learn new and different leadership techniques through the input of Nottingham College staff accompanying the students, trying out new activities and games they may not have tried before, quizzes and circuit and gym training sessions.
I really enjoyed the trip, and it was really good experience and something that will stay in my memories for ever. Being given the chance to see all the historic and famous sights in Rome, I really enjoyed the coaching aspect as well.Luke Armstrong — Public Services learner
The Rome trip was an amazing opportunity which abled me to develop my current skills as well as gain new skills, such as overcoming language barriers. I would love to do this again, thank you to all the support of not only the staff and student who went but for all the people who made this trip happen.Hollie Stannard — Level 3 Sport learner
I really enjoyed the trip to Italy it’s an experience I will never get again I was so lucky to get picked to go and so grateful as I got to learn a different language. I also really enjoyed coaching the children at the primary and secondary school. I have made friendships for life I’ve also seen the beautiful scenery of Italy which was amazing to see and I’d love to do it all again.Katie Bell — Public Services learer
I thoroughly enjoyed Italy, we got a chance to see such a beautiful city. The Italian language seems easy to learn key words, the food was fresh and lovely and I felt safe. Every coaching session we went to, we were made to feel welcome. The schools have a good approach to sporting life and I was amazed how much English the children knew, it made me feel we need to incorporate more international schemes/projects and get our students fluent in other languages and cultures. The students were exceptionally well behaved, they respected the code of conduct throughout the whole time in Italy. They seemed to have a love for the culture there and was diverse and friendly in all their coaching sessions.Joanne Williams — Achievement Coach for Public Services