Welcome to Sporta Tours
We take schools, clubs and professional teams across the world for sports tours, training and competition. From an initial focus on cricket tours when we launched in 2006, we have grown to encompass multiple sports.
What’s special about Sporta Tours?… the team. It’s all about the people. We’re knowledgeable, experienced and a friendly bunch. We roll our sleeves up, pull out all the stops, go the extra mile. However you like to put it… we believe in Going Further.
We know the destinations and the facilities we take players and supporters to. We have experienced team members stationed on the ground throughout every tour and we understand the needs of the clubs, schools and teams we work with.
- The benefit of our experience – we’ve organised hundreds of tours since 2006 and we know how to help you get the most from your opportunity
- Trusted by the best – we work with international teams including England Cricket and professional clubs from all sports
- Personal involvement – a dedicated Sporta Tours contact backed up by a team and the attention of a company director. We’re with you from start to finish
- Tailored service – no two tours are the same. We tailor ours to get things just right, taking care to match opponents, selecting the best facilities, and more
- Competitive pricing – our buying power with airlines and hotels allows us to pass on significant savings, because the bottom line matters
- Protection – we’re ATOL (9684) & ABTA (Y6727) protected, assured members of the School Travel Forum and hold the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, as recognised by the Department for Education.
Founder of the company back in 2006, Matthew knows Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah like the back of his hand, and in particular, the complex structure of its cricket community.
A fanatical cyclist, he is often out on the roads of Sussex and the Dubai cycle tracks during his free time. Matthew is an enthusiastic, if average, village cricketer and is not shy of reminding us that he scored a 50 just after his 50th Birthday… we hope he gives up cricket before he gets to 60!
David has been part of the Sporta Tours team since 2007. He now undertakes a non-executive role and brings his experience in company operations to support our continued growth.
An avid sportsman, he likes to dabble in a variety of sports with football being his main passion. David has finally made the last step in his football career which has seen him move from centre forward, to midfield, to defence, to a (rather poor) goalkeeper. He is now content with bringing the oranges on a Saturday and keeps his boots in the back of the car, just in case.
Michael has extensive experience managing tours for schools, clubs and teams and works with clients from his base in the North East.
Sport is his greatest passion, particularly rugby and cricket. He has represented Durham CCC and Northumberland CCC and coached here in the UK and overseas. With some fantastic travel experiences under his belt too, including time spent in Spain, Australia and New Zealand, he is able to combine both in his role here at Sporta.
Russell has worked in the school travel sector for over a decade and has experience taking groups to amazing destinations worldwide, with favourites including Antigua, Barbados, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
As the oldest member of Middleton CC, he’s often referred to as ‘Uncle Russ’ by his younger and more spritely teammates. Russell is also a keen golfer when time allows.
Sales & Operations Executive
Pradeesh has spent over 25 years’ in travel tourism. He is also an accomplished cricketer and has coached for the London School Cricket Association since 2007.
With experience delivering tailored tours in destinations around the world, his travel knowledge is second to none. Pradeesh worked with Sporta to help manage tours to Sri Lanka for several years before assuming a wider sales and operations-based role.
UAE Operations Executive
Emma has more than 20 years’ experience working in sport in the UAE and has hosted numerous tours for us.
Now based back in the UK, she continues to be an integral member of the team. Emma manages many of our tours to the region and her on-the-ground knowledge and contacts benefit our clients.
Mark plans and coordinates tours to Sri Lanka and helps host UAE tours, having toured both destinations on numerous occasions. He is an accomplished cricketer, having played to minor counties standard with Berkshire CCC. Mark plays a leading role in organising youth cricket with the Barmy Army and and has played rugby with the British Police.
There isn’t a batsman in the world he hasn’t got out, or a bowler he hasn’t hit for four.
Bruce is a rugby specialist and has worked with Sporta since our first rugby tour. He brings many years’ experience managing school rugby tours and a client perspective as a former Head of PE.
He has lived in rugby-ad Wales, France, South Africa and further afield. He continues to play as an ‘experienced’, fleet-footed, non-tackling scrum-half. And he keeps the local physio in business as an avid tennis player and coach.
Director, Sporta Bike+
Sam is co-founder and Director of Sporta Bike+ which offers a comprehensive ‘plane to pedal’ service for schools, clubs and groups.
Perhaps his dream job, it draws on his experience as a Director of Sport spanning some 13 years and his passion and ability as a cyclist, not to mention his energy and enthusiasm.
About Sporta Tours
Sporta Tours, formerly Sport Arabia Worldwide, and Sporta Media are part of Sporta Group. Sporta Group provide commercial services for the sports industry, including sponsorship, player and event management. Sporta Media provide creative media services for the sports industry. This includes social media management, graphic design, and videography for brands and athletes aiming to create engaging content and grow their online following. To find out more, visit www.sportagroup.com.