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St Lucia is widely regarded as one of the top sporting destinations for group sports tours, as it provides sports teams with an incredible mix of competitive sport, vibrant Caribbean culture, and amazing adventure activities. Take your school, club or university team to St Lucia for the ultimate sports experience!

Trip price displayed is per person for a minimum group size of 8, plus 1 free teacher / adult places.
 
St Lucia Sports Tour
Although St Lucia is not known worldwide for its sporting accomplishments as a nation, the passion that this micro-nation’s population hold for sport in all forms is amazing. The most popular sports in St Lucia are Football, Netball and Cricket, with Rugby and Tennis gaining a recent surge in popularity.
 
A tailor made Sporting Opportunities sports tour to St Lucia is a sports tour with a difference, as we give our sports groups and teams the opportunity to not only play competitive matches against local teams and take part in some epic adventure activities, but also get to know the locals by assisting on a range of community sports coaching projects in local schools and community groups!
 
Well-matched Fixtures
We have staff located on the ground in St Lucia that work closely with a range of schools and sports clubs in the capital Castries and other areas across this small island. We are therefore able to assess the local teams in St Lucia to arrange well-matched, competitive fixtures against teams of varying age groups and abilities!
 
The challenge of facing local opposition in St Lucia is an experience you and your team will never forget. Travelling and competing against opposition from the other side of the world is the best way to develop lasting bonds within your team, build your team ethos, and meet amazing, local people that will make your experience one that will stay with you for many years to come.
 
Community Sports Coaching
One of the best ways to experience the real culture of a country is to meet the local people and work within the communities that your visit! As part of your sports tour experience in St Lucia, you and your sports team will get the unique opportunity to meet amazing kids and young adults by coaching your chosen sport(s) on our hugely rewarding community coaching projects.  From coaching after school clubs in the disadvantaged communities of Castries, to helping to rehabilitate youth offenders by coaching sports on our outreach programmes, this is an eye-opening opportunity to see more of this incredible island.
 
Cultural Experiences & Excursions
Although sport is the main focus of your trip to St Lucia, there is so much more to the island than just it’s passion for sport. As part of your experience our team will help you to arrange a whole host of cultural, adventure and adrenaline-fuelled excursions to keep your team on their toes.
 
With a range of excursions available including zip-lining through the epic scenery, PADI scuba diving courses, hiking in the rainforests and resting weary muscles in the healing mud pools of Soufiere, there is so much to keep you entertained during your stay on this lively Caribbean island! 
 
Excursion options: Mamiku Botanical Gardens sightseeing tour; Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram and Soufiere Black Water Springs excursion; Hiking excursions; Morne Coubaril Estate Zip-lining excursion; PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course.
 
Available Sports
Cricket
Football
Netball
Rugby 7s
 
For a more detailed itinerary please see the Extra Information tab.

Quick Facts

Trip Name
St Lucia Sports Tour - 14 Days
Trip Code
LCTST1
Continent
North America
Country
St Lucia
Airport
Vieux Fort Hewannora International Airport (UVF)
Minimum Duration
14 Days
Minimum Age
15
Trip Type
Sports Tours
Activity
Cricket, Football, Netball, Rugby Union
Cost
From £675 for 14 Days
Deposit
£ 95.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 14 day tour only. Contact us for details of longer or shorter duration tours.
Pre-requisites
Group participants are required to be of reasonable health and fitness. Requirements for specific excursion activities may vary.
Ideal for
Sports Tours in St Lucia; Cricket Tour in St Lucia; Football Tour in St Lucia; Netball Tour in St Lucia; Rugby Tour in St Lucia; School and Club Sports Tours Abroad.
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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 not require a visa to enter St Lucia for up to 90 days. If you are travelling over 42 days (6 weeks) then you will have to provide travel details on arrival, to clear customs. All the details of the process will be explained once you have booked your trip with us.

You can check your visa requirements by visiting the website for the high commission of St Lucia by clicking here.

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Included

Selected Accommodation
Hotel / Hostel residence accommodation; Basic but comfortable; Shared rooms; Shared kitchen; Shared toilet / shower facilities. 2 - 4 per bedroom.
Breakfast
Breakfast is included at the accommodation each morning before your tour activities begin.
Airport Transfers
Private transport is provided for airport transfers on arrival and departure.
Orientation & Induction
Full tour induction and local orientation given on arrival.
Competitive Matches
Inclusion of 2 competitive matches against local sports teams. Ask us for more details about including more matches.
Community Coaching
Organisation of coaching sessions with local community groups, clubs and schools.
Support
Pre-departure help and advice; Local in-country team; 24 hour emergency support.
Travel Equipment & Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Airport transfers in the UK; Visas; Lunches and dinners; Beverages; Tips; Entry ticket at excursions unless noted; Local/social related transport and activities; Spending money.
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Example Itinerary
This itinerary is an example to show you some of the activities that are possible during your tour in St Lucia. Please contact a member of the Sporting Opportunities team to tailor a tour to your specifications.

Day 1
Depart your local International airport for Vieux Fort (Hewannora International Airport), St Lucia. Arrive into Vieux Fort with a meet and greet with your liaison at arrivals and receive transfer to your accommodation in Castries for check-in. 

Day 2
Following an induction and orientation to help your group settle into your surroundings, today will be a free day to explore the local area, meet the friendly locals and indulge in local cuisines.

Day 3 & 4
Today will include an introduction to the sports coaching projects in the disadvantaged schools and communities in and around Castries. Coaching groups of children aged 8 – 16 yrs. Mornings on both days will be free for shopping and visiting the nearby beaches.

Day 5 & 6
Your group will continue working with the school and community groups coaching your chosen sport(s) on day 5, followed by the first of two competitive matches against well matched opposition from the local area on day 6. On both days the mornings will again be free, with available morning excursions including exploring the tranquil Mamiku Botanical Gardens and the Rainforest Adventures Aerial Tram (additional expense) .

Day 7
Day 7 will be a free day to take a trip to Soufriere Black Water Springs to soak in the mud pools and enjoy the serenity of hiking in this mountainous regions of the island (additional expense). In the evening your group will experience the buzzing Friday night street party in Gros Islet to experience the carnival and culture of the island. 

Day 8 
The morning on your eighth day will include coaching sessions with the local sports club teams working on skill development. The clubs can include local adult clubs, training with St Lucia's national sports team, or working with community outreach groups.

Day 9 & 10
Day 9 and 10 will be taken up with a 2 day PADI Open Water Scuba Diving course, where participants will become qualified PADI scuba divers (additional expense), exploring under the waves of the stunning St Lucian coastline under expert guidance.

Day 11 & 12
Working with the school and community groups, your group will help to set-up friendly matches and structured games for the kids to help develop their netball skills. Morning activities can include trips to local beaches and visiting local markets.

Day 13
Day 13 will include your 2nd competitive match against well matched local opposition. This will also be an opportunity to have a meal with the players after the game to get to know the local team and share cultural values.

Day 14
Day 14 will include an excursion to take on the Morne Coubaril Estate Zip-lining course (additional expense) before a farewell dinner and street party at Gros Islet. 

Note: The organisation of additional competitive matches is possible as this itinerary can be tailored to suit your tour requirements.

St Lucia Map

Who says the Caribbean is all about lying on the beach and taking a honeymoon?
 
St Lucia is a small island stretching 27 miles long (north to south) by 14 miles wide (east to west) but you will be overwhelmed by its rolling hills that grow to form volcanic mountains and reach to the sky. The iconic Pitons rise from the waves to the clouds like pyramids of volcanic stone. This isn’t some glammed-up, theme-park holiday spot – St Lucia has a pulse. Your senses are bombarded with the sights, smells and sounds of an island that’s truly alive. 

Towns, like the capital Castries, move and shake to the sound of car horns, the smell of rotis fresh from the oven and reggae blaring on the speaker. The people are warm and welcoming and if you want a destination that will let you get under the skin of West Indian life – St Lucia is the one.


Quick Facts
Name
St Lucia
Location
North America
Bordering Countries
St Lucia is an island nation, so it does not share any land border with any other country.
Capital City
Castries
Government
Parliamentary Democratic
Population
174,000
Language
The official language is English; however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois), is spoken by 95% of the population.
Currency
Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)
Name
St Lucia
Poverty
22% of population are below the poverty line
Main Exports
Bananas, clothing, cocoa, vegetables, fruits, coconut oil
Climate
The weather in St Lucia is typical of most Caribbean islands. There is a hot, tropical climate tempered by trade winds throughout most of the year with temperatures ranging from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (9
Time Zone
GMT -4
Flag
St Lucia Flag

Fun Facts
• St Lucia is a volcanic island and one of the most mountainous islands in the whole of the Carribbean.
• The national motto of St. Lucia is "The Land, The People, The Light."
• The national bird is the St. Lucia Parrot, or Jacquot; it is a bird that is native only to the island.

Travel Highlights in St Lucia
• Dance at the St Lucian Jazz Festival - a party lasting many days
• Visit the sulfur springs on Mt.Gimie and experience the healing properties      of these hot springs.
• Scuba Dive in stunning dive sites and experience an underwater carnival     as you swim amongst schools of brilliantly coloured exotic fish.
• Lounge under a thatched hut, cocktail in hand and enjoy the legendary     beach scenes of Saint Lucia 


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Where is St Lucia? 
Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with the Atlantic Ocean. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. It covers a land area of 617 km2 (238.23 sq mi) and has a population of 174,000 (2010). Its capital is Castries. 

History of St Lucia 
One of the Windward Islands, it was named after Saint Lucy of Syracuse by the French, the first European colonizers. They signed a treaty with the native Carib people in 1660. England took control of the island from 1663 to 1667; in ensuing years, it was at war with France 14 times and rule of the island changed frequently (it was seven times each ruled by the French and British). In 1814, the British took definitive control of the island. Because it switched so often between British and French control, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helen of the West Indies". 

In 1979 it gained full independence from the British but Saint Lucia is a Commonwealth realm; Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State, represented on the island by a Governor-General.

Languages of St Lucia 
The official language is English; however Saint Lucian Creole French (Kwéyòl), which is a French-based Creole colloquially referred to as "Patwah" (Patois), is spoken by 95% of the population. 

Music and Dance in St Lucia 
A popular folk dance is the Quadrille. Together with Caribbean music genres such as Calypso, Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Compas, Zouk and Salsa, Saint Lucia has a strong indigenous folk music tradition. Each May since 1991, Saint Lucia has hosted an internationally renowned Jazz Festival. If you think you have the moves then you have seen nothing yet when a St Lucian wants to dance the night away! 

Food in St Lucia 
The cuisine of St Lucia is influenced by West Indian, Creole and French food. Popular dishes are pepper pot stew, callaloo soup and fried codfish. 

Shellfish and fish are caught daily. Salt fish is used in a number of recipes. Vegetables include cassava, dashing (taro) and sweet potatoes. Breadfruit is also grown. 

Fruits cultivated are bananas, coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas, passion fruit, pineapples and Sousa's Fresh fruit juices are available and alcoholic drinks, such as beer (Pitons) and rum (Bounty), are brewed locally. 

Climate in St Lucia 
As is the case with many Caribbean islands, St. Lucia's visitors should expect hot and humid weather conditions year round, due to the island's proximity to the equator. Fortunately, visitors will rarely feel uncomfortable as mild trade winds bring cool breezes off the water that offer some respite from the heat. 

The average temperature in St. Lucia ranges from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to the upper 90s. Humidity on the island averages between 70 and 90 percent throughout the year. December and January are generally the coolest months with the temperatures being in the mid 70s to mid 80s in degrees Fahrenheit. The summer months of June through August are the hottest. 

Travelling in St Lucia 
Bus service is probably the most common form of getting around and is via privately owned minivans. They’re a cheap way to get around, and the means by which most islanders get to town, school and work. St Lucia’s main road forms a big loop around the island, and buses stop at all towns along the way. They’re frequent between main towns (such as Castries to Gros Islet) and generally run until 10pm (later on Friday); however, there is no scheduled timetable. Very few buses run on Sunday. If there’s no bus stop nearby, you can wave buses down en route as long as there’s space for the bus to pull over. 

Renting a car gives you greater flexibility but is more expensive, and is perhaps the best way to discover the areas of St Lucia that the bus network does not service. Although the roads are generally good many of the roads are steep and smaller ones can become little more than potholed mudslides after a bout of rain. 

When flying into St Lucia you'll be serviced by two airports: Hewanorra International Airport, in Vieux Fort at the remote southern tip of the island, and George FL Charles Airport, in Castries near the main tourist area. Scheduled international flights land at Hewanorra, which has a longer runway, while flights from within the Caribbean and charters generally land at the more central George FL Charles Airport. 

Leisure in St Lucia 
In addition to the wide variety of opportunities to hike, bird watch and tour St. Lucia's outstanding natural attractions, the island has a full range of recreational facilities. Visitors may enjoy the leisurely pleasures of touring the island by horse, chartering a yacht for an evening sail or day cruise, or relax with a round of golf. For those who enjoy the thrill of more vigorous pursuits, there are plenty of places to windsurf, dive, water-ski, or enjoy tennis or squash. There are also a number of activities more closely related to the traditional life of St. Lucia, including deep-sea fishing and the weekly "jump-ups" at Gros Islet. 

Sport in St Lucia 
Cricket is by far the most popular sport in St Lucia with Darren Sammy being the first and only St Lucian to be called up to the West Indies Cricket Team. St Lucia annually hosts games in the West Indies limited-overs and four-day cricket competitions, usually at the Beausejour Cricket Grounds, one of the most modern facilities in West Indies cricket. 

Tennis is growing in popularity in St Lucia. The St Lucian hotel of the island offers two coobuip Junior Tournament takes place. St Lucia is also an annual competitor in the Davis Cup, an international tennis competition, with former Sportsman of the Year Vernon Lewis and Kane Easter having been two of the island's consistent players over the years. The Government of St Lucia is planning on constructing a Tennis Centre and something that Sporting Opportunities will be closely linked with. 

Netball, rugby, swimming and basketball are rapidly becoming popular around the island and we are proud to be working within this country as is develops it national and international sporting presence.

 

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.    
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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 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 volunteer project 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 volunteer’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 Place
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 90 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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Testimonials
  • "What an amazing experience. Both working with the junior players as well as playing against local teams gave me a real insight into what a wonderful and amazing place Ghana was from a sporty angle. I've made friends for life and thanks so much to all the staff that made this period of my life completely unforgettable."
    Suzanne Hilton , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "I will always remember what a mad, brilliant and fun loving country Ghana is. 3 months on the netball coaching placement has opened my eyes to so many things. I loved seeing the young netballers develop their skills and winning regular matches was a thrill. I hope to visit Ghana again one day and see how everyone is getting on. Thank you so much".
    Jo Warnock , Netball, Ghana
     
  • "An amazing 4 weeks in the sun doing something completely worthwhile. I was so impressed with the enthusiasm of the girls and ability to pick up the game and follow my instructions. I can't wait to revisit St Lucia again some day and seeing whether the young netball players I helped coach made it into the National team".
    Deborah Hopkins , Netball, St Lucia
     
  • "I have always wanted to go to the Caribbean but never thought I would be able to get so involved with the local culture. St Lucia has wonderful people and great places to dance and chill out... I have never seen beaches like that in my life. The project work was fantastic as well and thanks to all the staff and kids involved that have made this a trip of a lifetime".
    Daniella Cox , Netball, St Lucia
     
  • ''To be able to assess and treat some of the most promising young footballers in the country, both on and off the pitch, provided me with an opportunity that I would never have been able to get in the UK.''
    Heathor Taylor , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''Just keep doing what you’re doing, it was wonderful to see the differences you have made! I’ve made so many great friends and have the most amazing memories!.''
    Joanna Hayes , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would just like to thank you for such a brilliant to trip to Ghana. I had a fantastic time and thought I was really able to use my skills as a qualified physiotherapist.''
    Marc Holl , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''The outpatients and staff gave me a send off party and I was touched and embarrassed by the extent of their gratitude. To be truthful, my contribution was limited, but it was appreciated, and I got an enormous amount out of being there.''
    Sarah Remnant , Sports Physiotherapy, Ghana
     
  • ''I would never have thought about going to St Lucia on a sports gap year but I am glad I did. The kids were just amazing and had real passion for the game. I really felt I contributed massively to the development of these young players and I look forward to booking my next trip back to see how they have progressed."
    Joe Page , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • ''I have been playing rugby for a number of years through school and university and this experience was a perfect way of sharing my knowledge with a great bunch of young people. The kids really took to the game and working alongside the National Rugby Team is another experience I will never forget. Thanks to everyone involved in organising this fantastic sporting opportunity''.
    Paul Adams , Rugby Union, St Lucia
     
  • "What an amazing 8 weeks had on the rugby coaching placement in Ghana. The kids were just so receptive to what I taught them and there is some serious skill in Ghana! I've made friends for life and this rwho experience really has set me up for wanting to become a sports coach in the future".
    Rob Davies , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • "Training in the Ghana heat is a challenge but so worth it. My fitness has improved 10 fold. Working with the young rugby lads was excellent and seeing my team score a winning try has to have been a highlight. Ghana has some amazing places to see and if you like Baboons then a visit to Mole National Park is a must".
    Phil Hall , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''I made a difference by encouraging children and adults to believe that everyone has some degree of talent... and to believe in that talent.''
    Stuart Garrett , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • ''What they don’t have in skill, they certainly make up for in speed and determination. Ghana also has some very promising youngsters and it has been really exciting, and a real privilege, to share my knowledge of the game with them.''
    Doug Graham , Rugby Union, Ghana
     
  • “Coaching rugby to underprivileged children is a very rewarding experience. I am seriously considering coming back here and staying longer. It’s such a great place and there is so much to do!”
    Luke Norfolk , Rugby Union, South Africa
     
  • “I’ve had the best three months of my life! I would definitely recommend it! Thank you.”
    Philippa Tollit , Swimming, South Africa
     
  • "Being able to teach kids how to swim has to have been one of my most significant moments in life. From seeing 12 year old kids fearful of water on day one to being able to swim full lengths of the pool with confidence after 5 weeks was just incredible. You also know that you are giving these kids a gift for life".
    Neil Dennison , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • "I have had the best three months in Ghana ever! Working a living alongside local Ghanaians and seeing a completely different way of life will live with me forever. My project in helping kids learn how to swim was so rewarding too and it has really made me think about what I want to do when I get home with my future career and working with young people. Thanks to everyone involved and I look forward to coming back to my African home again one day."
    Sarah Dunbury , Swimming, Ghana
     
  • ''I really enjoyed the tennis coaching and was amazed at the standard of tennis and the dedication of the children. And they always had a smile on their face too.''
    Charlotte Wallis , Tennis, Ghana
     
  • ''Ghanaians are friendly in a way that is almost unheard of in the West. They are extremely affectionate and, once you have got used to it, you can be just as friendly back.''
    Graeme Acheson , Tennis, Ghana
     
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