SOUTH ESSEX gymnasts and coaches had an incredible team-bonding trip to Portugal this month and took away some unforgettable memories.
A group of 40, which included 21 young gymnasts, the entire men’s senior team, the club’s top coaches and family and friends all flew out from Gatwick on Saturday, September 10.
They spent six days at the stunning Estalagem De Sangalhos Sport & Nature Hotel, which is part of the Sunlive Group, in the town of Sangalhos in Anadia.
The team trained every morning at the fully-equipped gym at the nearby Sangalhos Velodrome and enjoyed afternoons around the hotel’s pool in the Portuguese sunshine.
Time was also set aside for the tourists to try surfing and boating as well as a trip to some of the local shopping haunts.
Senior stars Max Whitlock, Brinn Bevan, Jay Thompson, Reiss Beckford, assistant director of coaching Matt Jackson and director of coaching Scott Hann also got the chance to try some bike racing at the Velodrome – with Hann impressing on two wheels!
SEGC’s Head of Rhythmic Gymnastics Verity Adams said: “We had the most amazing time in the most amazing place with the most amazing people. We where looked after like royalty!
“The children had a fantastic time, starting the day warming up together at the beginning of the training sessions.
“They had lots of space and time to learn new skills and to work on things they may not always get the chance to do in such a busy gym.
“And the surfing was a great opportunity for most of the children and staff to try something new. Some had done surfing before and maybe managed to stand on the board for longer!
“The girls also loved the shopping while the boys enjoyed a leisurely boat ride and everyone had a fun time by the the pool, especially on the inflatables.
“The children where able to be really independent, having to think for themselves and make choices with food and other things.
“They where in charge of getting themselves up in the morning and making sure their alarms where set so as not to be late.
“We really could not have asked for a better group of children to have taken away. In fact they did not want to leave!”
For more information about the breathtaking Estalagem De Sangalhos Sport & Nature Hotel click here.