Holy Trinity Primary School visit Madrid

Holy Trinity at the BernabeuEarlier this summer, Holy Trinity Primary School in Hackney took a group of 16 pupils in Year 5 to Madrid and invited Arsenal Double Club along to enhance the experience on and off the pitch.

Before flying out to the Spanish capital, the 16 selected pupils stayed behind after school for a series of extra Spanish lessons with Arsenal Double Club.

In Madrid the pupils spent time in two schools, visited local tourist attractions and took a tour of the home of Real Madrid – el Santiago Bernabéu.

The pupils further immersed themselves into Madrid life by taking a walking tour of the city, using public transport daily and adhering to a typically Spanish daily routine, which included eating their evening meal way past their bed time.

One of the biggest highlights took place at the Bernabéu, where they were invited onto the pitch to meet Head Groundsman, Paul Burgess, formerly of Arsenal. Paul spoke about his experience of moving his family to Spain, settling in Madrid and, importantly, learning Spanish.

Year 5 pupil, Anaya, said: “Our trip to Spain was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. We enjoyed everything we did, especially eating delicious Spanish food, like tapas and churros y chocolate! Our experience in Madrid has made me want to carry on learning Spanish in the future.”

Nicky Pear, Spanish Lead at Holy Trinity, added: “Our adventure in Madrid was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our pupils. For many, it was their first experience of travelling abroad, and will be one that I am sure they will never forget. Running the project in collaboration with Arsenal Double Club made it even more special.”

Double Club Languages Coordinator, Steve Eadon, who joined the group in Madrid, said: “This trip was a real success, particularly for a school that are unlikely to have ever had such an opportunity. The pupils were fantastic ambassadors both for their school and for Arsenal Double Club. Huge credit must go to the staff and pupils of Holy Trinity for making this experience possible.”

Arsenal in the Community would especially like to thank Paul Burgess and Real Madrid for their hospitality in Madrid. The trip was made possible by the generous support of the Hackney Learning Trust, with the aim of giving pupils a real purpose for learning Spanish and to build confidence, independence and resilience in pupils.