Inspiration for learning outside the classroom

Today on this day: the creator of Pinocchio was born

Today, in 1826, Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his literary name Carlo Collodi, was born. He was famous for writing The Adventures of Pinocchio.

We all know Walt Disney’s animated version, but the original story was completed as a book in 1883 and is amongst the most translated and widely read books ever written.

Collodi is a village in Tuscany and Carlo took this name making it internationally renowned for its associations with the book.

The Pinocchio doll is amongst the most popular souvenirs bought in Italy and can be found all across the country. There is a giant statue of Pinocchio in the Parco di Pinocchio, Pescia.

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A Sports Adventure

A Sports Adventure


Our team of sports specialists recently returned from an epic journey across Europe to see first-hand the range of sports programs offered by Equity Sport.

10 days, 3 countries and 20 amazing sports venues later and we were one exhausted sports team with a whole wealth of knowledge on our great sport offering.

The French leg…

As we set off for France I don’t think any of us realised what we were about to take on – this truly was a trip filled with once in a life-time experiences.

Our first stop on the French leg was the small town of Lievin, where we would stay at the Stade Lievin, which boasts an impressive indoor athletics dome. We explored three venues in Paris, Racing Metro, CREPS and CDFAS Sports Centre. As we moved further south we visited Stade Toulouse Rugby Club and UCPA Saint Cyprien Sports Resort which is a great venue for both Rugby League and Tennis groups.

Our best bit:

“Visiting Racing Metro ’92 training ground before then being able to watch them play that evening against Stade Francais in Paris.” Callum, Sport Support Executive

On to Spain…

From Perpignan it was a relatively short drive down to Platda D’Aro in Spain to explore the destination that our groups have been travelling to for years and expeience the delicious Spanish cuisine.

The next morning we set off for Barcelona to visit Athletic Terrassa Hockey and Tennis Club, which sits in the hills just outside the city, and RCD Espanyol. We then headed further south to Salou to explore Cambrils Park and tour Futbol Salou, home of the Catalan FA.

It wasn’t too long before we were back in the cars again heading south, ready for a good night’s sleep!

In the morning we toured the facilities at Benicassim, which provided great facilities for football groups, so much so that we bumped into Liverpool player Joao Teixeira, who was training ahead of pre-season back in the UK.

In the afternoon we headed just a little further along the coast to Oliva Nova Resort which provides world class premium training facilities.

From Oliva Nova one car headed towards Madrid whilst the other headed south. In Madrid we visited the Valdebebas Training Ground, home of Real Madrid and the Spanish FA training ground.

In the south the team discovered Albir Gardens, Malaga CF, Torremolios Sports Centre, Atalya Park and Sotogrande.

Our best bit:

“Seeing the Puente Romano Tennis Club in Marbella - unbelievable courts and so well kept, whilst in amazing weather and next to the beach!" Tom, Sport Development Executive

“Real Madrid, went to the training ground of the most famous club in the world.” Ben, Sport International Development Manager

Time to recharge with some pasta!

After our epic road trip a couple of members of the team had the opportunity to explore some of our amazing Italian facilities.

Flying in to Verona, we made our way towards Lake Garda which is a popular destination with our groups. Multiple sporting venues later, we were impressed by the variety of football, rugby, hockey and tennis venues available – no wonder our groups love it so much!

Our best bit:

“The best view from a tennis court that I have ever seen!” Daniel, Sport Development Manager

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