Meet the Team
Our team bring years of experience in the sporting industry to the table and are sports people through and through. We pride ourselves on understanding our clients’ needs – our team includes previous Directors of Sport, teachers, and past parents of touring children, so we know what it is like, and where the priorities are. Check out our profiles below!
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 the staff in the office 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, helping the company since its inception, in a variety of roles. David now undertakes a non-exec role, utilising his years of experience of company operations to help the company continue to be successful.
An avid sportsman, who likes to dabble in a variety of sports, football is his main passion. David has finally made the last step of his football career from centre forward, to midfield, to defence, to a very poor goalkeeper, and now is content with bringing the oranges on a Saturday. Boots are always in the back of the car just in case.
Head of Operations
UAE Operations Manager
Emily is responsible for overseeing all tour logistics in the UAE; this includes both professional and school/amateur tournaments that take place. Emily splits her time between the UAE and London in order to also assist with inbound tours to the UK. Emily’s organisational skills and friendly personality help us to deliver seamless and exciting tours for all of our clients.
Sam joined the team as a Sales & Marketing Coordinator in the summer of 2014, as a graduate of Henley Business School, Reading University. He spent a great deal of his time (perhaps more than on studying!) playing for his hockey team and organising their trips, so working in the sport tours industry full-time was the perfect switch! Four years on, Sam is now a Destination Manager, managing tours and events in many of our destinations. He also helps out with our marketing strategy and runs IT projects – as well as helping his less IT-savvy colleagues with their computer woes!
Cricket, rugby, running, and field hockey are his chosen sports, and you can find him most weekends structuring his plans around the rugby TV schedule!
Megan joined us in May 2018 from Manchester United’s hospitality team as the latest addition to Sporta. Armed with a LLB Law degree from the University of Swansea, she got stuck in immediately and has already travelled the UAE on multiple occasions and Nepal for Sporta! Megan leads our inbound UK tours account, and assists the whole team more widely across multiple destinations.
Away from her desk, Megan would comfortably outrun all of us, having competed successfully at Regional and County level in cross country running, rowing and horse riding.
Sri Lanka Tours Co-ordinator
Mark plans and co-ordinates tours to Sri Lanka, and also helps out on our tours to the UAE, having toured to both destinations on numerous occasions. Mark is a very accomplished cricketer having played to minor counties standard with Berkshire CCC, and has also played rugby with the British Police. Mark also plays a leading role in organising youth cricket with the Barmy Army.
There isn’t a batsman in the world that Mark hasn’t got out, or a bowler he hasn’t hit for four.
Rugby Specialist & France, South Africa and Long Haul Tours Co-ordinator
Kerrie is back at Sporta Tours, having taken some time off to be with her family. Based in the UAE, she hosted the majority of our tours before 2015, and returning customers may well still see her smiling face during their tour. Kerrie now runs several special projects for the company. A fierce competitor, Kerrie enjoys her running (or more like fast walking these days!) and her passion is Dragon Boat Racing in Dubai!