After travelling across the States on a four-month road trip and around the world the following year, it became obvious that working in the travel industry was the next step. I enjoyed many years travelling in the industry before settling down with my family.
However, the travel bug doesn’t go away as I went back to work for a Sports Travel company organising rugby, hockey and netball school tours to Europe. I was fortunate enough to experience many of the European destinations our groups visited, which was a great advantage when advising nervous Tour Leaders!
After 17 years, I decided to venture to pastures new when a great opportunity came my way to work at Venatour. There is plenty of variety in the job but my main goal is to arrange sports and cultural tours for schools travelling to the UK. I certainly know a lot more about arranging cricket fixtures than previously!
Netball was my sport at school along with lacrosse and hockey but these days an International at Twickenham is very much enjoyed. My sporting highlight must be finding myself standing next to Jonny Wilkinson in a Twickenham food shop just before the 2003 Rugby World Cup and having a nice chat with him about England’s expectations – what a hero!
Barbara and I had a wonderful weekend in Dublin with Venatour. We have been to Dublin many times for Six Nations matches but never with Venatour. The hotel was ideal because of it's nearness to the ground and numerous restaurants. We found our tour guides very friendly and helpful. Our fellow supporters were also very friendly and pleasant. A thoroughly enjoyable trip despite the result! We hope to travel with Venatour to future matches.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for organising our Rugby tour this year. Everything worked as planned and we all had a fantastic time. The hotel was just at the level required, bar below was enjoyed by all. Breakfast at the hotel followed by pasta at both the clubs and Pizza on Saturday night all delicious. Your associates on the ground in Italy where very nice and helpful and on time. Our hosts at both clubs welcomed us and the boys played some great rugby at a very competitive level. As you know the success of a tour is really the bonding experience that happens in all directions and I have to say this tour achieved it. Smiley tired happy faces left Gatwick on our return with a great appreciation for Rugby and its Family. Well done and thankyou from all of us at Chobham RFC Colts for helping to make this tour a success.