Tour: 'The Essential Life Experience'
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Sport, sun, and sex. Booze, beach, and bonding. Saloufest and Lloretfest are two of the biggest University sports festivals available to British and Irish students. Thousands of students travel every year to ‘rampage through Spanish seaside resorts during these drunken festivals.’ The Mail Online published this quote during this year’s tour to Salou. This article, alongside numerous others over the last few years, criticises and condemns students’ behaviour, homing in on ‘their heavy drinking and sexual exploits’. But should parents really lose sleep over their children’s sports holiday? Or is the media just sensationalising these events, providing a one-sided account? Lloretfest advertises the week as ‘the time of your life’, and, for the most part, from a student experience, this seems to be an accurate description. Caroline Hughes, a first year English student described her tour as ‘an excellent opportunity to really bond with the rest of your team mates, play some laid back sport, and have a really fun and cheap holiday.’ Although parents and the newspapers would disagree, Saloufest advertises the week as ‘The Essential Life Experience’. Daisy Smith, a third year Sport Studies student has been on three tours and said, ‘Tour just keeps getting better and better, every year someone comes out of their shell with some great banter, it is one week that cannot be missed.’
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