Bolton School Senior Boys

Hockey Training from Top German Player

Nineteen Bolton School boys (Yrs 9-11) have enjoyed three days of hockey lessons from the first team coach of German side, ETB Essen, who is also a top player in the German national league. The privilege was afforded to them during their Hockey Exchange Tour with the Essen club. During their one week stay in Germany, the boys were welcomed by the Mayor in the Town Hall and their visit even made Essen Council's newsletter.

The boys also learnt about the area and German life through a range of cultural activities, including an adventure tour around Lake Baldeney, a visit to the Zollverein coal mine (a World UNESCO site), a backstage tour of Borussia Dortmund’s ground and a visit to the Museum of the Ruhr.

Earlier, the exchange had begun when 19 German players came to Bolton for a week in late August and were shown some of the highlights of the North of England, including a trip to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, a visit to Lake Windermere and a stadium tour of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. The two teams also undertook 3 days of hockey based out of Preston Hockey Club, where they were trained by Preston’s first team coach.

Bolton School Hockey Coach, Mr Robson, said: “It was a delight to be involved with a club that clearly loves hockey as much as we do. The inaugural exchange was a tremendous success - there was much good hockey as well as excellent cultural learning. We aim to run the exchange again in 2015.”

The exchange received funding from the German government as part of a cultural exchange programme and from Radio Essen, with part of this sponsorship including the organisers being interviewed live on the radio.

You can read a German report on the exchange here.

Lots of new friendships were made during the two week exchange

Lots of new friendships were made during the two week exchange

The players enjoyed some excellent coaching both in Germany and in Preston

Pupils enjoyed a number of cultural visits, including to the Zollverein coal mine, a UNESCO site