Two of Nobel Algarve’s newest students have recently conquered major out-of-school achievements. Siblings Tamiza and Damiano Di Miceli, who started at Nobel Algarve after Easter, are aiming high and smashing their targets. On Saturday, Year 8 Tamiza represented Casa do Povo de Messines Gymnastics Club in the Algarve Regional Gymnastics Competition. This was her first competitive experience in the sport, having reached ‘pre-County’ level in artistic gymnastics in the UK. Messines won in each of Tamiza’s team specialisms – Trampolining and Tumbling – with Tamiza earning a bronze medal in the latter. As Algarve Regional Champions, Tamiza and her team will now be competing in the National Finals to be held in Porto over four days in July. So exciting! Tamiza was the youngest competitor in her grouping and her achievement is made more impressive by the fact that gymnastics is her second sport. Showjumping remains her biggest passion….watch this space! Well done Tamiza!!! But not to be left out, her younger brother, primary pupil Damiano has also bagged an impressive feat of his own after being scouted by football team Benfica and invited to attend a show trial. On Sunday morning, Damiano played in a trial match in front of the head of youth development from Benfica. His very first action on the ball was to go past three players and score with a powerful shot from outside the area. A Benfica representative met with his parents and promptly produced a contract for Damiano to join Benfica’s youth set up. He started training with them this week while still completing what is left of the current season in competitive matches with UD Messinense. Ironically, his league match this weekend will be against…his future teammates at Benfica! Damiano has worked hard at every aspect of football since the age of 7 – supervised and unsupervised. Signing his first contract at youth level represents a wonderful opportunity for Damiano to benefit from the best coaching in the country and, hopefully, have an enormous amount of fun along the way. His new club’s first instructions? No fizzy drinks, no ice tea, no cereals as they fill you with nothing, and BIG breakfasts to help Damiano grow (including fish soup!). Well done both of you! We love to see our students thriving in what they love!