Sandbach School u18 Hockey Tour to Holland | Venatour Schools

 In Schools

Sandbach School have been touring with Venatour for a number of years, playing various sports all around the world.

Therefore, we were delighted to operate and organise their Hockey tour at the beginning of the month.

After touching down in Amsterdam, the school were privately transferred to Amsterdam Hockey & Bandy Club where the team enjoyed lunch in the clubhouse, before undergoing bespoke training sessions for the outfield players and goalkeepers with elite Dutch coaches.



After their training session, the Wolfpack made their way to Soest, their base for the tour. The group enjoyed some much-needed downtime and tour bonding at their accommodation before dinner was provided for them.

The first morning in Holland gave an opportunity for another pro-coaching session, this time with Dutch coach Maarten Nooitgedacht at the excellent facilities of Mixed Hockey Club Soest.


Learning from the best in Soest


During the afternoon, the team put their training into action with a self-led session to prepare for their first fixture of the tour. In the evening, Sandbach were joined by their rivals MHC Leusden for a shared dinner and friendly “Pub Quiz”.

However, the festivities had to end when they picked up their hockey sticks for the match, which was a great contest between both sides, before a post-match exchange of memorabilia.



MHC Leusden v Sandbach School


The following day saw the spectacle of another sport, the Rugby World Cup. The team cheered on their England heroes who sadly were beaten by a stronger South Africa team in the final.

In the afternoon, the team visited the student town of Utrecht. This hidden gem of a city combines culture with shopping and food destinations galore and the team soon forgot about the England loss.



With their batteries recharged, the next morning was the second tour fixture – this time against Hockey Club Eemvallei. The professional training was shown in full effect as the Wolfpack stormed to a 7-2 victory over their Dutch counterparts.



In the afternoon, the team attended the Amsterdam v Bloemendaal fixture in the Hoofdklasse – the Dutch hockey lead. Sandbach’s first taste of live Dutch hockey saw the team from the capital defeated by league leaders Bloemendaal 2-1.

Sandbach’s final day of the tour saw the team engage in more pro-coaching sessions. In the morning they returned to Soest’s Maaretn Nooitgedacht before travelling to Phoenix Hockey Club in Zeist for their session with Director of Coaching Arne Mook.



We would like to thank Sandbach for being such a fun team to work with and we hope you enjoyed your tour!


Inspired by this tour and want to create your own perfect sporting experience? Email ian@venatour.co.uk or call 01242 650192.


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