Take a look at our portfolio of FREE Teaching Resources!

My First Experience of a Sports Tour

Last updated: Jan 30th, 2019


Tour Co ordinator

This October I left the UK behind and joined Gillotts School on their rugby and hockey tour in sunny Italy. It was my first time away on a sports tour and I could not have enjoyed it more! Five days of sports, between training and matches with Italian opponents, but also plenty of time for sightseeing and free moments to enjoy an ice cream in the sun.

After our flight landed in Milan, we hopped on our coach and drove for a couple of hours towards our home for the week, the Hotel San Zeno, a cosy, family-run accommodation, with an incredible view of Lake Garda. Starting the day with a self-led training, enjoying a boat tour on the lake, strolling along the streets of Sirmione for a few hours and heading off to play a fixture – these are just a few examples of the kind of adventures you could be having!

The girls and boys on this tour seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly, especially after winning ALL of their games! I found myself cheering them on like a proud auntie and celebrating afterwards during the third halves with food, drink and social time, hosted by rugby clubs after matches. On the last day we headed back to the airport, but not before stopping in Milan! We paid a visit to the San Siro museum and enjoyed a stadium tour before moving on to Milan city centre for an afternoon of retail therapy.


  • Clara Maria Cheese Farm
  • Euromast
“I came back to the UK with a tired, yet happy, group of people and a new-found love for hockey and rugby.”