Dear Parent/Guardian,

Thomas Gainsborough School Football & Netball tour to Italy 13th-19th of April 2019

Following the popularity of our football and netball extra-curricular clubs this academic year we are extremely excited to propose the opportunity for a sports tour to Italy in the Easter holidays of 2019. The trip, otherwise known as ‘Sports Fest’ will focus on the benefit of specialist sports training and facilities alongside an opportunity to visit Venice and enjoy the Italian culture.

We are planning to take students from years 7 and 8 who have an interest in developing their skill set for either football or netball. The sample schedule for the trip consists of:

Day 1 – Depart from school, travelling via Calais to the resort of Liganano Sabbiadoro

Day 2 – Arrive at the Bella Italia Village Sports Resort, followed by a trip to the beach for our first additional football/netball training.

Day 3 – Professional coaching sessions and first set of fixtures alongside visiting the on site water park and Olympic swimming pool.

Day 4 – Visit Venice to explore the sights and culture followed by a trip to the beach for additional football/netball training, relaxation, volleyball or a walk to the local village.

Day 5 – Professional coaching session number two prior to a day of fixtures against opposing teams and tournament finals. Following this, a presentation night and disco for all.

Day 6 – Departure day

The cost of this trip will be £600.

This cost includes:

  • Return coach transport to the resort
  • 2 x professional football/netball coaching sessions
  • 2 x football fixtures against UK opposition
  • 1 x football fixture against local opposition per team
  • Netball fixtures and tournaments against UK opposition
  • Excursion to Venice including return water taxi
  • Full board meals
  • Evening activities
  • Access to three football centres, four basketball courts, a spectacular indoor netball stadium, an Olympic pool, volleyball courts and an on site water park.
  • Full kit including; a large sports bag, a full tracksuit, football/netball specific training gear. The sports kit can also be worn in PE lessons at TGS on return from the trip.

The tour is being booked through Activ4 School Tours, a company who specialise in education, many of whom are ex Physical Education teachers. They work closely with us during the whole tour planning process to ensure that your child will get the very best learning experience whilst away. Details about this company can be found at their website

In addition to the tour cost, students will also require a current valid passport, European Heath insurance card and personal spending money.

We anticipate that this is going to be a popular tour and it could be oversubscribed. Should this be the case then priority will be given to students who regularly attend provided extra-curricular sport activities within the PE department. As the trip is during the holiday time and not a direct part of our curriculum, the school reserves the right to refuse permission to take part to any student whose record of behaviour suggests that they may be a risk to the well-being of other students and the smooth running of the trip.

To reserve a place for your son/daughter on this tour, please return the completed interest slip to student services by Monday the 5th of February. Following this, we will provide each student with a deposit letter confirming their place on the tour by Friday the 9th of February.  A deposit of £100 will be required along with the completed permission slip, by Monday 12th March 2018. This deposit is non-refundable should your child secure a place and then withdraw. In the event of the tour being oversubscribed, then deposits will be returned.

Details of further payments will be circulated at a preliminary information meeting on Wednesday the 7th of March at 6.00pm in the Main Hall.

If you require any further information regarding this opportunity please do not hesitate to contact Mr Myhill or Miss Bryan or 01787 375232.

Yours sincerely

Mr Myhill / Miss Bryan


Reply slip: Please return to Mrs Griss at Student Services by Monday 5th February 2018

Thomas Gainsborough School Football & Netball tour to Italy 13th-19th of April 2019

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I wish to reserve a place for my son/daughter on this tour and I can commit to paying a deposit.

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