Year 9 Normandy Conquest

Mr Robeson from the Modern Foreign Languages Department writes about the rugby trip to France:

A highlight of the rugby term for Year 9 boys was the U14 rugby trip to Rugby Ouest Cotentin, near Cherbourg. This year 40 pupils and five staff braved the chilly and showery weather and really enjoyed the whole trip. After passing the morning on a ferry from Poole to Cherbourg, the boys appreciated the opportunity to visit the American War cemetery at Omaha Beach in the afternoon, before stopping at a patisserie in the small town of Valognes.

Our accommodation was near the beach and the second day’s early start involved a warm-up on the beach and “petit-déjeuner”, ready for their guest appearance at the rugby club “Rugby Ouest Cotentin”, which amazingly is situated in a chateau with a moat, where we were greeted warmly by our French hosts. The two closely contested matches were played in excellent spirit and, once again, we were hosted incredibly well by our French rugby friends, with the mothers of the French boys and girls preparing a tasty three course meal for the Clayesmore pupils and their own children. Presentations, short speeches in French by Max and Ollie, and impromptu singing in French and English by the boys followed, before we headed back to the ferry, tired but content.

This is the fifth time that Clayesmore and ROC have contested this fixture and we are already looking forward to the return fixture next year, when ROC are expected to make their second visit to Clayesmore.