Those looking to take their teams on school sports tours to Europe will find that Prague has a great deal to offer for football-loving students. This vibrant and history-rich city is sure to provide a memorable and enriching experience for any young person. Those with a particular interest in football, with the help of their school sports tours operator, can discover Prague’s stadiums, train in the city’s excellent sport facilities, and enjoy the unforgettable opportunity to play in an international setting.
But the city also has plenty to do beyond the football pitch. Read on for a taster of the best that Prague has to offer, in sport and leisure.
The country’s largest professional football club, Sparta Praha, is based at the Generali Arena – formerly known as the Letna Stadium – in Prague. Students enjoying school sports tours here may get the opportunity to take a guided tour of the stadium which has a capacity of over 20,000. Visitors can experience the place where an incredibly successful domestic team and also, on many occasions, the national team, have played their games. Another stadium worth visiting is the Strahov stadium – although this is more of historical interest as it is no longer in use for sports today, but used to host mass synchronised exercises.
Any students or teachers wishing to take the opportunity to enjoy a bit of shopping can easily do so with Prague’s excellent selection of shopping districts and outlets. Shopping malls in the town centre have plenty on offer, and there’s also the chance to pick up some football memorabilia during a stadium visit.
Some school sports tours may have time to incorporate some historical explorations into their time in the city. If so, Prague Castle is a definite highlight. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it covers an area of 70,000 square metres and is about 1,200 years old. Featuring pleasant gardens, guided tours and the chance to see the changing of the guard, it marks a change of pace for those who have been training hard.
While days on school sports tours may be spent hard at work, training or playing in matches, students will need some time to unwind in the evenings. Prague by night is a traveller’s delight. It has a warm to mild climate for most of the year – so is pleasant to walk around after sundown – and is lively and bright with its street lights, restaurants and squares. A good way to enjoy the city is to take a walking tour in the historical district – this allows students to enjoy their destination at a leisurely pace, and to learn something about its history and local life. This can also prove useful for those who may have cross-curricular interests in Prague.