This tour marked Strathclyde University’s 4th consecutive hockey tour with Burleigh Travel, and this time they selected Antwerp as their tour destination. Antwerp boasts a chic new waterfront development, which plays host to a promenade of restaurants and bars and this combined with the traditional style of the Grote Markt, (Main Square) offers a perfect setting for a sports tour. After dark the city takes on the role as Belgium’s capital of nightlife, with its open all hours terrace cafes, bars and nightclubs!
The team had opted to travel to Antwerp by coach. This would be our normally recommended way to reach Belgium, but with the University being located in Scotland this would be a long drive down. But the coach option keeps costs down and the team decided to do an overnight coach transfer so they slept through the majority of the drive, setting off in the evening and reaching Dover in the morning. After a short ferry crossing and drive the team arrived at their hostel just after lunch, giving them the afternoon and evening free to explore and enjoy the city’s fantastic nightlife.
The following afternoon the teams set off for their first tour games with a men’s and women’s fixture against Primerose HC. The teams saw mixed results with the boys being defeated but the girls claiming their first tour win! Following the game the teams enjoyed dinner together, along with some drinks. Many of the opposition players even came out with them that evening!
Sunday we had left free for the team to give them a chance to explore Antwerp. The city has so much to offer, such as a brewery tour of the locally Brewed De Koninck Brewery, spend time relaxing in one of Antwerp’s many historic squares, and go karting. Their final tour fixtures were against Royal Antwerp HC on Monday evening. This time both teams suffered narrow defeats, but they said how well matched the sides were and, again, said how well hosted they were!
The team had requested to spend some time in France on the way home so we had organised for them to have a night in Lille, before making their way back home.
Strathclyde University: Hockey Tour to Antwerp and Lille Highlights!
We were so pleased to hear the team had had another successful hockey tour with us, with their hightlights including:
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