Lochinver House School and St Hugh's School from the United Kingdom are joining together to travel to South Africa on a Rugby Tour in April 2018. They begin their tour in Cape Town where they play matches against Langa Development teams and Gardenia Primary School. Sightseeing includes Table Mountain, Robben Island, a tour of Langa township with lunch at a local restaurant, a full day Cape Town Peninsula Tour including Hout Bay with a boat ride to Seal Island, Cape Point and Boulders Beach. The group then head to beautiful KwaZulu-Natal where they enjoy a Zulu cultural experience at Shakaland before heading off to Hilltop Camp in Hluhluwe Game Reserve for 2 nights. They then proceed to Durban where they will be accommodated for 3 nights as well as play 2 more fixtures against local schools. In their free time they will spend some time at the beach as well as a full day at uShaka Marine World. The tour ends off in Johannesburg where the group play their last match against Unika Primary School before heading to Sun City for their final 2 nights in South Africa. The tour party consists of 31 boys and 4 staff members.
St David's Marist Inanda College from Johannesburg, will be traveling to Southern Ireland, on a rugby tour. They will be traveling with 26 boys and 3 staff. They arrive in Dublin and stay for three nights at Gormanston Park Sports Campus. They then travel to Galway and stay at Barnacles Hostel. The tour then continues on to Limerick where they stay at Limerick City Hotel for two nights. They have one night in Cork before ending their tour in Dublin. Whilst in Ireland they will play five matches. They will have the opportunity to visit many of the local attractions including Aviva Stadium, Inis Oir Island, Bunratty Castle and the Guiness Storehouse.
St. Alban’s College, from Pretoria, will be sending a basketball team on a tour to the USA. The tour begins in Washington DC, where the group will be staying for 4 nights. While in Washington, they have 3 matches against local teams, as well as training sessions with a local basketball coach. Visits to the Arlington National Cemetery, US Capitol Building and the Smithsonian Museum are among the stops while they are in Washington. Then the group travel to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where they will play a match and spend a night. The next stop is Philadelphia where the group will spend 3 nights and will play 2 matches. The group then travel to ‘The Big Apple’, New York City, where they will spend their final 2 nights on the tour. While in New York, they will visit the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial, view the Statue of Liberty from the ferry en route to Staten Island and visit the famous ‘Cage’ basketball courts, located on West 4th Street. While on tour, the group may have an opportunity to attend NBA matches. After a memorable tour, the boys return home to South Africa.
A group of tennis players from St. Mary’s Waverley School, based in Johannesburg, will be heading to Spain on an exciting tour. The girls will depart Johannesburg for Mallorca where they will spend 7 nights at the Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy. Located in Rafa’s home town of Manacor in Mallorca, the Academy combines tennis and education to ensure that players can follow their tennis career without having to forsake their academic progress. At the academy, the girls will receive coaching sessions from leading tennis coaches, undergo fitness regimes and play matches against other participants at the academy. While in Mallorca, the girls will venture to the Old Town to explore an ancient castle and will spend some time at a nearby beach. Following their time in Mallorca, the group will fly to Barcelona where they will spend 5 nights. While in Barcelona, the group will attend a local football match, learn how to make paella during a cooking course, enjoy a bike tour through the town, visit the famous Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona and they will play a tennis match against a local team. Concluding their tour, the girls will have an exciting opportunity to attend 2 days of the Barcelona Open, where they can watch tennis legends such as Rafa Nadal, Roger Feddera and Venus Williams compete for the Spanish title. After an amazing tour in Spain, the girls have a free morning for last minute shopping or sightseeing before departing for Johannesburg.
St. Stithian's Boys College from Johannesburg are sending their u18 hockey team on a tour to The Netherlands and Spain in April 2018. The tour begins in Amsterdam where they spend the first 4 nights of their tour followed by 3 nights in Rotterdam. The group will play 3 matches against local teams as well as enjoy a few training sessions with Dutch coaches. Sightseeing in Holland includes a canal cruise, a Spido Tour, Zaanse Schans, Snow Planet and free time to watch Premier League Hockey. The group then depart for Barcelona where they will be accommodated for the last 4 nights of their tour. They will have a training session with local coaches as well as their final 2 matches of the tour. Sightseeing includes a bicycle tour around Barcelona as well as the Olympic Stadium and Camp Nou Football Stadium. The group consists of 19 students and 3 staff.