Want to find out why we recommend Samoa as an add-on destination for our school rugby, netball and multi-sports teams touring Australia or New Zealand?
Well, here at Edwin Doran we are constantly sending out ‘spies’ to snoop out new, unusual and unforgettable destinations and excursions for our school groups. Ok, so, they’re not real spies with cars that can drive underwater, but they do need to be highly skilled in order to gather the right information.
So in true James Bond-style, we sent our Sales Manager, Jamie Anthony, on a secret mission to the tropical paradise of Samoa to scout out the best excursions and playing opportunities for you and our other school sports teams. Well, maybe it wasn’t a real secret mission and was actually a familarisation trip organised by the Samoa Tourism Exchange (STE), but it did involve a lot of investigation.
Here’s what he discovered...
Samoa is a rugby-loving nation
Jamie found that rugby is definitely the nation’s favourite pastime and it’s ingrained into Samoan culture. He says that every village has a rugby team and every child learns to play the sport. This means their amazing skills and abilities will be a test for any UK touring side that fancies their chances against the locals.
According to Jamie, the strong sportsmanship and the warmth of local people come together to create a unique and memorable touring destination. However, visiting sides will find a sharp contrast between the gentle nature of local people off the pitch compared to the physical, powerful and skilful game the Samoans play on it.
And consider yourself warned… Teams visiting Samoa are likely to come face-to-face with the mighty and powerful Manu Siva Tau - a war dance performed by Samoa's sporting teams before each match. These fearsome moves rock crowds around the world and help Samoan teams muster their fighting spirit. They have also been known to ruffle the confidence of even the bravest players.
Explore extinct volcanoes and coral reefs
But what’s life like off the pitch? Jamie reports that touring schools can have some very special experiences on a trip to Samoa. Groups can go trekking up steep trails through rainforests - past waterfalls - to see extinct volcanic craters. Or see coral reefs and other marine life in lagoons - the coral reefs of the South Pacific provide a habitat for over 4,000 species of fish.
Teams can also use the incredible beaches for their morning training sessions or cool off in swimming holes hidden within the rainforests. School groups can also gain insight into cultural traditions, arts and crafts and of course the tantalising cuisine of the South Pacific, reports Jamie.
World class facilities
Jamie also investigated Samoa’s sporting facilities. He visited two precincts built for the South Pacific Games and the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games.
The first precinct called Apia Park, is home to a stadium with a capacity of 15,000 people, and accommodates sports such as:
The second, Samoa Aquatic Centre, is a newly constructed world-class facility built especially for the South Pacific Games. Facilities include:
- an eight lane 50m Olympic-sized competition pool
- a five-lane 50m warm-up pool
- an Olympic-sized diving pool
- a grandstand seating for up to 1,700 spectators
- wash-down rooms
- an electronic timing system
- a children's pool
- an outdoor area with open ‘fales’
- toilets, showers and changing rooms
Jamie also took in a wide range of accommodation, including traditional beach ‘fales’ to upmarket four-star hotels.
Want to go?
Our top secret report tell us that Samoa is a perfect add-on to any school rugby, netball or multi-sport tour of Australia or New Zealand. So if you’re interested in going on a special assignment to battle it out against the Samoans, contact Jamie to discuss your next school sports trip to the South Pacific today on Tel: 07802 688873.