15 Apr 2024
Report on Tennis & Golf Tour to Vale de Lobo - Easter 2024

Magdalen College School Tennis & Golf Tour to Vale de Lobo, Portugal

Date: 2nd - 7th April, 2024

Location: Vale de Lobo, Portugal

Magdalen College School recently travelled to Vale de Lobo, Portugal, with 36 Tennis Players and 15 golfers marking the beginning of an exhilarating adventure. With an early assembly at the school gates at 3 am and a seamless take-off at 6 am, the boys were brimming with excitement as they jetted off to their destination, the stunning backdrop of Vale de Lobo.

Over the course of five remarkable sunny days, the boys were treated to a loaded program of Tennis & Golf coaching under the tutelage of Phil Thomas, Director of Tennis at 5 Star Holidays and renowned Head Golf Professional at the Vale Do Lobo Resort, Stephen Watkins. MCS staff members including Mr Jarvis, Mr Tuck, Mr Vermont, Mr Pope, Mr Penton, Miss Caruth and Mr Masters were in charge of the pupils on the tour. With the prestigious Vale Do Lobo Tennis Club and Vale Do Lobo Ocean Course as their playground, each serve, groundstroke, swing and putt presented an opportunity for growth and refinement of their skills, as they embraced the challenges and joys of each sport. Top of Form

36 MCS pupils would take part in an intensive Tennis Camp consisting of 4-5 hours of tennis coaching and match play each day. Pupils were challenged throughout the trip and the coaching provided by external providers was of exceptional quality. Players covered all of the key elements of the game in singles & doubles scenarios.

15 MCS pupils would join in an unforgettable golfing experiencing including 2 hours of coaching time per day on the excellent practice facilities at the Vale Do Lobo Ocean Course, as well as several rounds and exciting formats out on the Championship Level course at The Vale Do Lobo Golf Resort.

Beyond the courts and greens, the boys seized the chance to partake in an array of activities. From the competitive thrills of padel tennis and crazy golf to the sun-kissed shores for beach games, and moments of relaxation poolside, every moment off the court and course was filled with camaraderie and laughter, fostering bonds that would last beyond the Portuguese boarders.

As the tour drew to a close, it was time to honour the remarkable achievements of the boys during their time in Vale de Lobo. Among the standout performers were:

  • Putting Champion: Jack Lucking
  • Golfer of the Week: Ted Walton
  • Senior Golfer: Finn Clogger
  • Junior Golfer: Max Lucking
  • Most Improved Golfer: Alec Sheerin and Jack Lucking
  • Coaches Golfer: Michael Babcock
  • Most Improved Tennis Player: Samuel Cheng
  • Junior Tennis Player: Krishiv Basu
  • Senior Tennis Player: Jonathan Dawkins
  • Tourists of the Week: Rohan Zahl & Martim Domingos Baptista

A heartfelt thank you was extended to the dedicated staff whose support and guidance were instrumental in making the tour a resounding success. Andrew Jarvis, Jon Vermont, Dave Tuck, Matt Penton, Dan Masters, Claire Caruth and Ben Pope's contributions were invaluable in ensuring a smooth and memorable experience for all involved.

As the boys bid farewell to Vale de Lobo, they carried with them not just memories of exceptional tennis and golfing moments but also friendships forged and lessons learned. The Magdalen College School Tennis & Golf Tour 2024 had left an indelible mark on the pristine courts and greens of Portugal, a testament to the passion and dedication of its participants.