Whether you are in charge of a school sports team or any other local team, regular tours are a great way for players to relax, unwind, and enjoy their favourite sport. It is also a good way to ensure that the team bonds, and if you want to take part in a number of different tournaments, cups, and even exhibition events, then it is likely to prove necessary to travel around at some point in the season to play in these events.
Arranging a team tour means that you will have to arrange transport for all of the legs of the tour. Relying on players to use their own cars, if they are even available, means that you are relying on everyone to arrive on time and without any trouble. A breakdown on the way, somebody arriving late, or even somebody getting lost and going to the wrong venue can all prove disastrous. A sports injury could even mean that one of your drivers is out of action for at least a portion of the trip.
If you charge league fees or annual membership fees, then a portion of these can be used to help pay for the cost of coach hire. Hire does not have to prove expensive, and may actually prove less expensive than taking half a dozen different cars and driving them half way across the country. Alternatively, you can collect money designated specifically for the trip to ensure that you have enough to cover the costs.
Coach hire also allows additional time for the team to bond. Your professional driver will plan the route and ensure that you get to each venue on time. They will plan regular stops, and the coach itself can include TV and DVD entertainment. Either put a film on or even hold team talks on the bus while you travel to the game. More luxurious coaches are also available, which offer everything from air conditioning to refreshments, but these do cost more.
When choosing the size of coach that you need, consider the players that are attending, whether you are taking any extra people, and also the room that you will need for luggage and equipment. If you will be doing a lot of travelling during the tour then you don’t want space to be too confined. If your team are bunched up too closely together, they are likely to get irritable and will not be well rested when they arrive and prepare for the first game.
A professional coach hire company will ensure that the coach is well maintained and that it has had extensive safety checks. They will also provide a professional, certified, and qualified driver who will help ensure that you don’t get caught in traffic or are late. They can even help you with planning other features of your stay; they may be able to recommend decent accommodation, offer advice on travel times and the best routes, and help to ensure that the travel portion of your sports tour is a success, at least, although they can’t guarantee that you will win any tournament, cup, or game.
Selwyns has a selection of coaches and minibuses. Every hire includes a professional and uniformed driver, who will help ensure that you arrive safely at your destination, and in plenty of time to prepare for the game.
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