Paintball with Smile Adventure !

Some of our students played Paintball Saturday 29th July. They left Manchester in the morning with students from others language schools . All the paintball staff welcomed the students with military atmosphere.  Once everybody was fitted with all of the protective clothes, the staff explained all the security instructions and how to play paintball. In total, we had four teams and each team played against the same team every times. The goal of the first game was to take the flag of the opposite camp. For some students, it was the first time they played Paintball so the first game was a discovery. After the second game, the students had a break and enjoyed a free pizza. During this time , they shared their experience of the paintball and tried to make new tactics for the afternoon games.  After a break of one hour, the games restarted. For the third game one team had to steal the money in a bank during the other team had to try to protect it.  The last game was  “one shot” rule, one team had to shoot all the other players of opposite team. If a player is touched, he left the game.  Each round lasted 30 minutes so at the end every student played 2 hours. At the end of the day despite some bruises, students can’t wait to play again! Thanks to EC Manchester and Smile Adventures, students were able to discover a new sport and really enjoyed themselves!  

English in the city: Police Museum Visit!

In addition to our general English courses, we also propose some Intensive classes every day from 13:00 to 14:30. While some students are preparing the IELTS exam or learning more professional vocabulary, others are going outside to visit the city. Thanks to the Special Focus class “English in the City”, an Intensive English courses in Manchester, students can improve their English by visiting Manchester. This time, the teacher took them to the Police Museum.   Next to the center of Manchester, this museum expose two hundred years of history until today. The first room was the crime room: an old officer office with a lot of different criminal weapons exposed, from the old and rusty blade to the tommy gun. The second room was the biggest of the museum. In this one, students were able to try some police suits as helmets and coats. A lot of pictures decorate the room, but also mannequin on police motorbike.   The visit continued outside, and it is probably the most animated part of the museum. First, armed policemen presented current police stuff like handcuffs, bulletproof jacket and rifles. Even without magazine, it’s very heavy! Then, a more attractive part for the youngest: a police dog with his master, who liked visitors hugs! The next part of the museum was an old police office. Students started by the reception were a policeman was presenting old handcuff and all sort of things. Next to this room, 4 jails was open to the public. Today they are not use anymore, so visitors was able to try the beds, that were actually made only of wood, very uncomfortable… In the last one, pictures of all people incarcerated decorate the walls. Finally, at the first floor of the police office, a small Court of Justice where they were able … Read more

Smile Adventures journey : Chester!

Like every weekend, our partner Smile Adventures organised this Saturday a wonderful journey. This time, it was in Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet & Chester. Between the whole Designer Outlets in the United Kingdom, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is the biggest! Thanks to a group offer, they all had 10% discount in every fashion shop of the village! Very useful to complete their dressing! So our students were able to enjoy shopping from 10:00 to 13:00 in shops like Hugo Boss, Vans, Superdry ,etc. After lunch, it is finally time to go to Chester! This fabulous two-thousand-years-old city has a lot of history, beautiful alleys, and spots dating to the Roman empire period. A lot of things to learn and admire, like the Eastgate Clock of Chester.   After some selfies, the smiling guides took them to the roman vestiges as thermals and the amphitheater. According to the history, a lot of people trying to run from the city was killed in this theater… It was found during public works, building a new church just next to the place! Then they went to the Chester Quays, and squirrels came to welcome them! Finally they finished the day by free time. So they were able to visit the city center, the cathedral or alleys, by 18:30 everybody was tired and decided to go home, with lots of pictures and souvenirs! Thank you Smiles Adventures for this amazing journey!   If you want to participate in these type of trips, come over and study General English courses in Manchester! We are looking forward to meeting you!