Each month we'll be taking a walk down memory lane, as we recite one of our essential tour experiences in our new 'Edwin Doran On Tour' blog series.
Digging deep into our tour archive which spans over 43 years of leading sports tours for thousands of schools across the globe, we'll be recounting some of the fondest memories from both students and teachers alike, and reliving those priceless moments.
School: Burford School, Oxon
Touring Destination: Australia
Month/Year: July, 2016
Sport(s): Football and Netball
A Note From The Tour Manager:
During July and August 2016, 31 students and 3 staff from Burford School, made the long and tiring journey, to Australia, to embark on the schools' sixth major sports tour!
Students played Boys Football and Girls Netball against Australian schools and spent time , hosted by families as well as in hotels, in the various locations visited. In Perth, the highlights included visits to a wildlife park , the Western Australian Institute of Sport and the Subiaco Oval, for an Australian Rules Football match. Matches were also played against three local schools, with the boys performing particularly well.
It was then onto Sydney, for more sightseeing and fixtures. Highlights included, jet boating in Sydney Harbour, a walking trip to Bondi beach and for 15 students, the thrilling 'Harbour Bridge Climb'. There were also matches against local opposition and a chance for us to visit Newington College, who had visited Burford in 2015.
From Sydney, there was a short flight to Brisbane and then a four hour coach trip up the Queensland coast, to the beautiful town of Noosa. Highlights here included a surf lesson and an afternoon on the beach. Fixtures were played against St Teresa's Catholic College and students spent time with their host families.
From Noosa, a short trip took the touring part to Hervey Bay, where they experienced the most amazing whale-watching trip, finding themselves surrounded by over a dozen hump back whales, who circled the boat for over an hour! The final set of fixtures were played against local opposition, with the boys winning a thrilling penalty shoot-out against Urangan State High School and the girls recording a well-deserved win against Xavier College.
The final part of the trip was a very interesting experience, which took the tourists to the World Heritage Site of Fraser Island. As the island is the largest sand island in the world, the touring party were treated to a 'Sand Safari', in an enormous truck which twisted and turned its way around the narrow tracks. Highlights included a paddle in a freshwater creek, the site of a wild Dingo on the beach and a swim in Lake McKenzie, a magnificently blue freshwater lake! This was a perfect end to the trip.
In all , 13 matches were played, with the footballers achieving the best record of four wins and one defeat.
Asked to put into words how they felt at the end of the trip, several of the touring party described it as 'an Unforgettable experience'!