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Luton RFC Tour of Portugal 2022

 In Schools

With sporting events and world travel returning to normal, we were delighted to assist Luton RFC u16s with their Tour to Portugal in April this year.

Our team created a packed itinerary and with mounting excitement, the squad headed to Luton Airport to begin their Portuguese adventure!

Check-in, assisted by our representative, was smooth and with only a short flight, they landed in Lisbon.

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On arrival in the capital, they were met by Manu, Venatour’s local representative who was on hand 24/7 to smooth any potential bumps in the road and of course, to assist with the lingo!

The team checked in to the Adventure Park for a four-night stay on a full board basis, meals having been tailored to the group’s taste and liking. There was plenty of time to explore the Park and get the lay of the land before dinner and team-building games in the evening.

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The following day was action-packed: high and low ropes and learning the ancient art of Archery. In the evening, the group transferred to the local Agronomia Rugby Club for their first fixture.

Luton’s first game of the tour was a close-fought encounter between two strong sides with Agronomia just forging ahead and taking the game. Agrimonia’s regular hooker, diagnosed recently with Leukaemia, was unable to play.  But in keeping with the rugby spirit, Luton donated their #2 jersey to the Portuguese team. Special memories were made right there!

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More team building continued the next day with paintballing, slip and slide and zip lining.  After dinner, a game of Bajoras before heading to bed.

On the third day, Luton transferred to the beach for a chilled morning taking in the surf before enjoying a panoramic tour of the stunning city of Lisbon with a local expert guide. Venatour also arranged a tour of Benfica’s historic Estádio da Luz stadium before the team headed to Clube de Rugby São Miguel for their final match.

Another well-fought battle saw Luton finish the tour with a win! São Miguel hosted the team with a fantastic BBQ which was a fitting end to the tour.

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With suitcases packed and lifelong memories created, Luton said their farewells and headed back to the airport for their homeward flight.

We very much enjoyed looking after Luton RFC and would like to thank them for travelling with Venatour. We hope to see you on tour again soon!

Just wanted to say thank you for a great trip away, the organisation from Venatour from initial enquiry to arriving home was second to none. From the minute we arrived at Luton airport everything was on time with no waiting around. When we arrived in Portugal we were met by Manu who we thought was just taking us to the camp but in fact, stayed with us for the whole trip. You could not meet a nicer guy who not only was a brilliant guide but also interacted with boys and joined in all the activities as well. Every day was filled with things to do whether it be paintball, archery, high ropes, leap of faith, swimming etc. The guys from the camp even came and watched the boys play one of their games and it was great to hear them cheering us on and being in some of the photos too. The highlight day for the boys was the beach day combined with the Benfica tour and trip around Lisbon. With regards to the games, we can honestly say they were great opposition. The spirit in which both teams played was what we all agree rugby should be about, and it was great to see both teams mixing together after the game and all having a great time.We would highly recommend Venatour for any club trip.

Phil Bennett, Luton RFC coach

 

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