First of all, this is the first time EVER for the girls to do “Tour”. It cost us £135 per person for 3 nights B&B in very basic 4 berth bunk style accommodation.
Yes, it was basic, but I tell you something... it worked!!! There were only 30 of us but they could totally accommodate whole club! (We only had one block, we had fairy lights, music, picnic tables....endless stuff that we all took to make it home for the weekend!
I cannot vouch for other clubs, but we were certainly looked after!! Croft Farm suggested that if we were thinking of a return visit, not to use travel company again for accommodation... get cheaper rates booking direct via them. All the activities were half price on site compared to what Burleigh Travel wanted to charge for pre booking. Then arrange local fixtures/festivals.
A few points that I discovered in organising a “Girls 13, 15, 18 Tour...
Caravan parks do not accept large groups of children over age 14.... that rules us out of joining in.
The alternative of staying at hotels makes the cost rocket and wouldn’t have given us the flexibility we had.
Very few Festivals can actually accommodate girls of all 4 age groups (please note...u10/U11s Girls is now a recognised age group at a large number of gatherings.. girls new to rugby as well as those coming up through minis... I personally think we could work on this).
Our fundraising paid for all the additional meals, including a fantastic BBQ and amazing tasty Sunday Roast especially put on for us.
We have girls who have never played rugby until reaching secondary school. We have parents who would never even contemplate their daughter playing rugby...let alone sharing & sleeping in 4 berth chalets with toilet & shower blocks at the end! But they DID!!
Tour was a new, awesome and interesting experience, full of laughs and great wonder, yet here we are...I am in awe of all of our girls, so proud...they turn up week in and out and it was clear that the parents involved are starting to “get it”.
Friday afternoon arrival
Friday evening... on site personal training session with Gloucester/Hartpury coach, who knew a yoga ball would come into play! (you gotta ask the girls! I also think Jason may be adopting this with the U11s!!)
Followed by Kareoke, well, what can I say🤣🤣🤣Awesome😳🎉😳🎉. The girls loved every minute of it, even if they were up against Hertfordshire boys!! The girls were definitely more in tune!! Our parents rocked, while several of the Hertfordshire Dads fell over... they should’ve grabbed lunch before hitting the beer .... messy! !
Saturday...game with Cinderford. Our hosts were fantastic! The girls all played, given that we had a mixed bunch of ages we made it work. We enjoyed a lovely lunch spread and then enjoyed watching their Men’s 1st IV win!!!
Back to the residence for BBQ and live band/disco.
Sunday ... a leisurely breakfast, big game of Touch rugby with everyone joining in. Water activities on the lake ... we nearly managed to complete the Baby Belles colours!!! Fabulous roast dinner! Then off to Cheltenham for some crazy golf with Mr Mulligan, topped off with a cheeky Frankie & Benny’s.
Superb weekend ... even down to Kangaroo Court, I was penalised for organising!! ... choices were Cream Crackers, Dog Food or Tabasco!!
I opted for Tobasco!