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China Football Tour - 10 Days

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There is simply no better way to experience sport and gain a rounded view of life in the real China than on a groups sports tour from Beijing to Shanghai. Take your school, club or university sports team to China and discover a rich tapestry of sport and culture.

10 Day Sports Tour in China
Over the recent years, China has been focussed on developing and nurturing sporting talent on a huge scale. From stunning Olympic success stories to competing in a range of world championships and tournaments, China is growing into a real sporting super power!

This action packed sports tour will take you and your group or team into the heart of China, where you will experience training, coaching and competing in your preferred sport. As well as some truly unique sports activities, your tour will include a wide range of cultural, educational, social and adventure activities where you and your group will get to experience some of china’s top sight-seeing sports and incredible attractions.

Sports Fixtures, Training and Coaching
Throughout your 10 day sports your through China, you and your group of sporty individuals will have the opportunity to play well-matched fixtures against local sports teams from Beijing and Shanghai, as well has have the unique chance to coach your chosen sport to children from the disadvantaged communities and orphanages along your tour route! 

As you will be travelling and competing as a team, you will no doubt need some time to train as a group to keep up with skills ahead of your matches, and our tailored itinerary will give you plenty of time to keep your skills up to scratch.

Community Coaching and Volunteering
As with all Sporting Opportunities tours, there is a focus on not only providing amazing experiences and opportunities to our sports travellers, but also to support local communities to help develop sport on a global level! During your tour you will make stops at our partnered orphanages, schools and community groups to volunteer with the children, sharing your sporting knowledge and skills, as well as promoting English language and social development.

This eye opening element of your tour will provide your group with heart-warming and hugely rewarding memories of their time in China, working closely with local communities and supporting local children to reach their full potential. This a great opportunity to understand the real side of China!

Cultural Experiences and Adventures
No trip to China would be complete without experiencing the rich culture and history of this stunning nation. From epic banquets of the delightful Chinese cuisine, visits to some of China’s top sight-seeing attractions including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall, to awesome social activities such as mountain hiking, learning the Chinese soccer skills game of Jianzi, and cycle tours.

The unique charm of China is sure to leave a lasting impression on your group and with such a wide range of activities and excursions included your experience will be nothing but first class!

Available Sports
Football

For a more detailed example itinerary please see the Extra Information tab.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
China Football Tour - 10 Days
Trip Code
CHTST1
Continent
Asia
Country
China
Airport
Beijing Capital International Airport (Airport code: BJS, PEK)
Minimum Duration
10 Days
Minimum Age
13
Trip Type
Sports Tours
Activity
Football
Cost
From £795 for 10 Days
Deposit
£ 95.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 10 day tour - please ask us for details for longer and shorter durations.
Pre-requisites
No pre-requisites for this tour, only that group members have a reasonable level of fitness and health. Please contact us for more information.
Ideal for
Groups Sports Tours in China; School Sports Tours; Club Sports Tours; Sports Tours in Asia; Cultural Experiences in China; Team Building
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Arrival Dates

Tour dates are flexible, so please contact us to discuss possible dates for your tour.  

Visa 
British Nationals will require a visa to enter China. You can click here to read more about visa requirements.
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Included

Accommodation
Accommodation is based in comfortable hostels which meet Sporting Opportunities' high standards. Participants will share dorm style rooms, and all hostels have clean, hygienic shared toilet and shower facilities and safe communal areas.
Food
Some meals area provided as per your itinerary. Meals will be of a typical Chinese cuisine.
Transport
All transport will be provided during your stay in China, including all inter-city transfers (night trains or buses), and all transport to and from included activities and excursions.
Tour Leaders
A combination of dedicated bilingual Western and Chinese tour leaders will support your group for the duration of your stay in China.
Activities & Excursions
All pre-agreed activities on your itinerary will be included, such as visits to the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Village, and more!
Sports Activities
All sports activities, including matches, training sessions and coaching / volunteering at local schools, orphanages and with other community groups.
Airport Transfers
Included in-country on arrival and departure dates.
Preparation & Support
Pre-departure help and advice to tailor your tour to your specifications; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Travel Equipment & Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities tour group members will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Travel Insurance; Visas (if required); Vaccinations (if required); Spending Money; Laundry Service; Extra Activities Not Agreed On Itinerary; Airport Transfers in UK (home country).
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Example Itinerary
This itinerary is an example to show you some of the activities that are possible on your tour to China. Please contact a member of the Sporting Opportunities team to tailor a tour to your specifications.

Day 1 – 5 Beijing
Day 6 – 10 Hangzhou – Shanghai

Day 1
Your group will arrive into Beijing Capital Airport, where you will be met by your tour coordinator and will transfer back to your accommodation close to the famous Tainanmen Square in the city centre. After check-in and some time to settle in, your group will take a guided tour through the city, visiting one of Beijing’s hutong areas, followed by a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Day 2
Your first full day in Beijing will be a chance to explore this stunning city, visiting the incredible Olympic Village and Bird’s Nest stadium, followed by guided tours of some of the city’s most recognisable landmarks, Tainanmen Square, the Forbidden City, and a climb up to Jingshan Park for some jaw dropping views over Beijing. Following a day of sightseeing in the city, your group will now take a trip to one of the local stadiums to watch one of Beijing’s top football teams compete in the Chinese Super League.

Day 3
The morning on day 3 will be set aside for your team to have a training session in one of the local parks, followed by 5-a-side matches to keep up your match fitness. The afternoon will include a trip to a quiet section of the Great Wall, where your group can enjoy the sights without the huge crowds.

Day 4
Today will see your group visit one of the local schools in Beijing, where you will take a school tour, and join in with some of the lessons with the local students.

Match 1: The afternoon will be a chance to test your skills against the school football team, followed by a post match meal with your group.

Day 5
Following your match the day before, day 5 will be another opportunity to soak up some of Beijing’s stunning sights, as your group will take a trip to the Temple of Heaven to witness the beautiful Chinese architecture, as well as join in with various activities including playing the Chinese football/soccer skills game known locally as Jianzi. The evening will include an eye-opening talk about the development of Sport in China from a leading expert, followed a by a Q and A session. Night bus to Hangzhou.

Day 6
Following a comfortable journey down to Hangzhou, your group will head to the Bamboo mountains in nearby Moganshan, where your will be free to explore and enjoy the amazing scenery with bike rides, hikes or runs through the mountains. Following an action packed day in the mountains your group will stay the night at a scenic lodge.

Day 7
The morning on day 7 will again be set aside for your own personal team training sessions, with opportunities to have fitness sessions running in the epic mountain foothills. The afternoon will be a chance to volunteer at a local orphanage in Hangzhou, helping the children with the English language and interpersonal skills through fun sports based activities, followed by a transfer to Shanghai where your group will check into your hostel located in the city centre.

Day 8
Match 2: The morning will see your team take to the pitch for the second time for the first leg against a well matched local Shanghai based school or club team.

The afternoon will then be a chance to relax and unwind after your match with a walking tour of People’s Square, Nanjing Road and The Bund, in the heart of Shanghai.

Day 9
Match 3: The morning will be the second leg of your match against opposition from a local Shanghai school or club.

The afternoon will be a chance for your group to visit one of Shanghai’s best markets, Yu Yaun Gardens and Bazaar, for a chance to pick up some gifts and souvenirs for family and friends back home.

Day 10
Departure Day. Your group will transfer back to the airport to catch your flight home.

 

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Quick Facts
Name
People's Republic of China
Location
Asia
Bordering Countries
Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
Capital City
Beijing
Government
Communist State
Population
1.3 billion
Language
Mandarin
Currency
Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
Name
People's Republic of China
Poverty
13.4% live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Office machines, Data processing equipment, Electrical machinery, Telecommunications equipment, Clothing
Climate
China's climate varies from region to region. In the northeast the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters.
Time Zone
GMT +8
Flag
China Flag

Fun Facts
• An astonishing one in five people in the world lives in China.
• According to myth and legend, tea was discovered by Shennong, a Chinese emperor when a tea leaf fell into his boiling water in 2737 B.C. 
• The takllest man in the world is Chinese, Bao Xishun who is listed as being 2.47m (8 ft 1 in) tall!

Travel Highlights
• Take in the hugely impressive Giant Buddha of Leshan, a marvelous sculpture carved out of the cliff face and standing at 73m high in Sichaun, Western China.
• Check out the Forbidden City in Beijing, the worlds largest palace.
• Marvel at China's wonder of the world, The Great Wall of China.
• Cruise down the breathtaking Li River and soak up the breathtaking scenery.
• Discover one of the world's most endangered creatures, the Giant Panda, at the amazing panda centre in Chengdu, central China 

China Buddha Great Wall of China The Forbidden City

You may be wondering where the money you pay towards your tour is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
 
Tour Assessment
Before you see a tour on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. Many of our tours include volunteering activities so we see it as a crucial element to make sure that the volunteering activities are as beneficial to the local community as they are to you. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the tour. Only then do you get to see the tour on our website and book your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and guaranteed to be an amazing sports experience.
 
Help Choosing Which Sports Tour
If you are not sure which sports tour or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right sports tour or destination for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your sports tour, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions in build up to your sports tour start date.
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our sports tour fees. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to find flights and insurance to suit your sports tour budget. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation and help you settle in.
 
Arrival Induction
We will take you through a local orientation and tour induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, talk your through your sports tour itinerary, and it will also show you how to stay safe while travelling abroad.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is provided on all of our sports tours. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. We endeavour to supply food where we can on our sports tours, however in some cases this may not always possible.  

Transport
Transport will be provided to and from your sporting activities and cultural excursions, to ensure that your sports tour group remain safe during your travel in your destination.
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you and guide you throughout your tour. Our staff can be reached 24-hours a day and will travel with you throughout your sports tour to ensure everything is running smoothly, and that you are happy.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 
Beijing Culture Flights Rural China
There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour. 

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. Simply email STA Travel at sportingopportunities@statravel.co.uk or call +44 (0)333 321 3102 to meet your personal booking agent and get a free quote.

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Sporting Opportunities is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans. 

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.

STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.

Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.

Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:

• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week trip while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.

Why is insurance not included?
Each of our traveller’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas 
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Sporting Opportunities will supply your with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Vaccinations
At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. They will answer any queries you have and tell you what it’s really like to take part in a sports tour in South Africa overseas. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email.
 
Book Your Sports Tour 
Once you have decided to come away with us, you and your team can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will all then be able to pay the rest of your sports tour fee in easy-to-manage installments.
 
Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking and sports tour with us. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen sports tour and all the things you need to do before you depart.
 
Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best sports tour experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous sports coaching you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check (CRB).
 
Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the tour fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around and you will pay them directly for this service.
 
Visas and Vaccinations
Next you will need to get your vaccinations and visas for your tour if this applies to you. Your travel nurse or local doctor will tell you exactly what you need. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 60 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!
 
Orientation
Our in-country team will give you a warm welcome at the overseas airport before taking you to your accommodation. You will then receive an orientation to help you settle into the country and prepare you for your sports tour abroad with us. 
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In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their sports trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.


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