France is a great short-haul option from the UK. We focus on the south-west in a variety of locations where we enjoy excellent relationships with local schools, clubs and training venues. For example, rugby teams that have toured here with us have enjoyed coaching with Joe Worsley, former Rugby World Cup winner, now professional coach (pictured below), for example. Our tour manager for France, Bruce, 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
There are loads of activities to take part in including, watching a Top14 or Pro D2 professional match, surfing lessons and beach time, hiking and running the dunes of Pyla, kayaking etc. as well as cultural and historic visits.
Whether you want a shorter pre-season training camp/matches at the end of the summer, a mid-season training camp/matches in October, or end of season tour in Easter, school sports tours to France can offer a great value for money sporting and cultural experience. The sports tours to France available are listed below:
All of our tours are tailor-made to meet the requirements of each school and club, and will vary depending on sport. However, to give you an idea of how a sports tour to France could look, here’s a sample itinerary for a rugby tour:
Day 1 – Fly into Bordeaux. Enjoy a training session in the sun depending on arrival time. Check into your hotel. If you arrive at the weekend, there may be a Top 14 match down at Le Stade Jacques Chaban –Delmas, where Bordeaux – Bègles play their fixtures.
Day 2 – After breakfast, there’ll be time for another training run before setting out to visit the Dune of Pyla, the largest sand dune in Europe, on the nearby Atlantic coat. 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 the journey south to Biarritz and its surf beaches.
Day 4 – A morning training session can be followed by an active, but not too active afternoon activity, maybe 9 holes of golf or some 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 sea for surf lessons, followed by an afternoon of practice.
Day 6 – Check out of the hotel and make the journey in the shadow of the Pyrenees to the rugby strong hold of Pau, and enjoy a late afternoon stroll around the town.
Day 7 – Visit a local market in the morning, or go on 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 and 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 – whatever the choice it’s match day again so return for Match no.4 in the afternoon!
Day 10 – Whether the return flight is from Toulouse or Marseille, there will surely be time for one more visit to the beach before your plane takes you back to the UK.