About our tours

Our history

Our expertise, passion and attention to detail has kept us at the forefront of sports touring for decades – and our small, personal size comes with PLC standards.

Edwin Doran Sports Tours was launched as one of the first operators of its kind back in 1974, and quickly became the leading brand in sports travel around the world. The man himself, Edwin Doran, founded the company after escaping the bureaucratic working conditions of an insurance firm for the free and expansive travel business. He injected a passion for sport that’s a defining feature of the organisation to this day.

Knowledge through experience

As a company, we are renowned for our experience, expertise and all-important extra touches. All our front-line staff play sport and have toured at some point, bringing extensive knowledge, innovative touring ideas and a friendly, personal approach. We have a passion for our chosen sports and destinations, and are dedicated to making all of our sports trips inspiring and unforgettable experiences for the people on them.

Edwin Doran has taken more teams on tour than any other sports tour operator – over 11,000 at the last count. Our staff have the know-how, gained over years in the business, to set up fixtures between equally matched teams. We use our extensive contacts to arrange billeting in host countries, so players on our school sports tours can really engage with the local people and culture.

Unrivalled customer support

In 2008 Edwin sold the company to TUI Travel PLC, where it now operates under the School Sports division. Backed by one of the world’s largest tour operators, Edwin Doran Sports Tours can support its customers like no other in terms of financial security, health and safety and on-tour support. At the same time it retains the personalisation of a small operator, drawing on the strengths of its long-serving staff.

 

Despite officially retiring in 2012, Edwin is never too far away, with regular appearances at the Rosslyn Park National School Sevens and other sporting events.