Sports tours to France are a great short-haul option. We focus on several locations in the south-west where we have excellent relationships with local schools, clubs and training venues. Rugby teams that have toured here with Sporta have enjoyed coaching with Joe Worsley, former Rugby World Cup winner and professional coach, for example. Our tour manager for France coaches rugby and lived in the region for several years. He is able to pass on the benefit of his knowledge and contacts across the region and is on hand to make sure our tours run smoothly.
- Competitive French opposition
- Great training facilities and excellent training climate
- Exceptional value for money
- Variety of hotel, apartment and resort accommodation
- Fantastic beaches and downtime activities
- Secure and safe resorts for school parties
- Short haul flights from many UK airports to the region
- Accessibility from destinations further afield
Alongside cultural and historical visits, there are lots of activities to complete your itinerary. Watch a Top14 or Pro D2 professional match, incorporate some surfing lessons and beach time, go hiking or run the dunes of Pyla.
School sports tours to France offer great value for money and fantastic sporting and cultural experience. We manage tours here at different times of the year, including pre-season training camps with matches at the end of the summer, mid-season options in October, and end of season tours at Easter.
Our tours are tailored to the requirements of the schools, teams and clubs we work work with, and vary depending on the sport. This sample rugby itinerary provides an example of a sports tour to France:
Day 1 – Fly into Bordeaux, Check in to your hotel, then enjoy a training session in the sun. Watch a Top 14 match at Le Stade Jacques Chaban–Delmas, where Bordeaux – Bègles play their fixtures.
Day 2 – After breakfast, there will be time for another training session before visiting the Dune of Pyla on the Atlantic coast. Return to Bordeaux for match no.1.
Day 3 – Check out of your hotel and make the short trip to Arcachon for a day at the water park. Leave in the late afternoon for Biarritz and its surf beaches.
Day 4 – Follow your morning training session with an activity, such as 9 holes of golf or kayaking in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Afterwards, it will be time to face the Basque opposition in match no.2.
Day 5 – A morning in the sea for surf lessons followed by an afternoon of practice.
Day 6 – Check out of the hotel and head to the rugby stronghold of Pau for a late afternoon stroll around the town.
Day 7 – Visit a local market in the morning, or take a trip into the Pyrenees. In the afternoon, depart to a local rugby club for match no.3.
Day 8 – Check out of the hotel, then it’s over to Montpellier and the Mediterranean coast. A beach visit could be followed by a Top 14 match at Le Stade Yves Manoir.
Day 9 – Start the day with a morning training session or a trip to view the Millau Viaduct. Return for match no.4 in the afternoon.
Day 10 – Whether the return flight is from Toulouse or Marseille, there will be time for one more visit to the beach before you return to the UK.