The group of 15 students took part in a variety of Brazilian sports and lectures as well as cultural activities such as visiting Sugarloaf Mountain, the Maracanã Stadium, the Olympic Park and a sailing project for local vulnerable children.
Student Maizie Kelly, 18, who studies at Havering Sixth Form campus on the Sport Level 3 Girls Elite Tottenham Hotspur Football Development programme, said: “It was an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. We got to do so many things, try out so many different sports and see sights that we’ve only ever seen in pictures.
“The Brazilian students were really welcoming and we made new friends with all of them. My confidence has grown so much.”
The trip was organised and funded through a New City College partnership in Brazil with students only having to pay a fraction of the cost themselves.
The group included students from NCC Redbridge, Epping Forest and Havering Sixth Form campuses studying Level 3 Sport, Level 3 Sport Science and Level 3 Personal Training as well as some from the Tottenham Hotspur Football Development programme and others from the Legends Boxing programme.