Oakham School’s under-18 hockey squad enjoyed an intensive pre-season training tour in Barcelona.
The players trained at Barcelona’s Royal Polo Club and enjoyed the thrill of winning a match at the city’s Olympic Stadium.
They played five matches and took part in intensive training sessions.
“Oakham continues to be a great training ground for national squads,” said Ashley Denman, director of hockey at the school.
“Our great results are due to the intensive training that our pupils and coaches put into hockey at Oakham.”
The tourists won their first fixture 5-2 against Churcher’s College, with goals from Monty Jefferson, Jules Roper and Paul Spies.
Their second match was against strong Belgian touring side Royal Wellington, with the sides 1-1 at half-time. The Belgian keeper saved some incredible shots and two quick goals paved the way for his side’s eventual 5-2 victory, Joe Kendall scoring both of Oakham’s goals.
Next up were Oakham’s old touring rivals, the Egara under-18s at their club in Terrassa, just outside the city with fantastic facilities and a water-based pitch.
Egara scored first, but Spies equalised and Bill Measom put Oakham in front.
Egara replied with two and, as Oakham legs tired in the second half, grabbed more for a flattering 5-2 win.
The squad were then extremely privileged to play in the 1992 Olympic Stadium, scoring early against Wellington College in what went on to be a 6-0 victory.
Their final fixture was at Iluro Hockey Club in Mataro where a narrow 3-2 half-time lead was turned into an 11-2 win, with goals from Spies (3), Jefferson (3), Bill Measom, Joe Kendall, Matthew Rose, Fred Cracknall and Cameron Down. The squad also saw in 2014 at a public fireworks party, went sightseeing, and visited the beach. Sam Williams was named player of the tour, Spies was top goalscorer and Tom Gorman most improved player.