A group of secondary school students have enjoyed a 'wonderful' week in Greece as they attended the European School Sport and Educational Games 2024. 

The Year 12 students from Brampton's William Howard School visited Athens and Olympia during their trip which took place between Sunday, April 14 and Sunday, April 21. 

As part of the trip, the students got to know pupils from a number of European schools as they enjoyed a number of events, such as talks from Diane de Navacenne de Coubertin, granddaughter of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Games, and attending the ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic flame at the ancient Olympic Stadium in Olympia. 

News and Star: Tracey Croucher, William Howard School's learning support assistant, led the trip and expressed her pride at how the students had represented the school on an international stage. 

She said: "The students had a wonderful week.

"They threw themselves into everything and made the most of every opportunity offered.

"They worked well with the other teams from England and didn’t shy away from mixing with students from other countries, making lasting memories and new friends.

"They were a real credit to the school and an absolute pleasure to spend time with.

"Thank you to the European School Sports Federation for this wonderful opportunity and to Karen Erikson from the Youth Sports Trust for inviting us."

News and Star: Sarah Fraser was one of the Year 12 students who was on the trip and discussed how seeing the birthplace of the Olympics was her highlight.

She said: "I’d definitely do it again. The Acropolis was cool, and we went to the Olympic training ground with amazing monuments."

Alex MacRae was also on the trip and picked out the socialisng with other European students as his favorite moment.

He said: "The weather was great and the volleyball on the beach with other students from different countries was definitely a highlight for me."