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A sports management educational tour in London is a great way for you to enrich your students’ learning in a new environment and enable them to experience different sports, and the way the industry is structured. The following is a taste of the kind of activities you can include in your itinerary, although every programme that we build is bespoke, and tailored to your specific requirements. Sports teams may also wish to interact with local level clubs and play matches, which AES is happy to arrange.
All AES groups have access to 24 hour emergency assistance throughout the programme.
MORNING Arrive in the UK, transfer from airport to accommodation by private coach
AFTERNOON Orientation session with Anglo Educational Services staff, and Safety Officer
Guided coach tour of London
Upon arrival in London your group will be met by your private motor coach, which will transport you to your accommodation. Check-in is often not until 3pm, so if you arrive before this then arrangements will have been made with the hotel for you to leave your luggage in a secure area. A pack containing maps plus any pre-purchased travel cards will be left for the group leader upon arrival.
You will then have an orientation session at the Anglo Educational Services Study Centre with Anglo Educational staff. This session covers important health and safety advice, how to use public transport in London including tubes and buses, as well as offering helpful hints for your stay.
Following the orientation session, you will all board a coach for a guided tour of London with your highly knowledgeable private guide. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get off of the coach and view all that London has to offer. Your coach will drop you back at your accommodations where you will be able to check into your rooms.
MORNING Entrance and guided tour of Wimbledon
AFTERNOON Entrance and guided tour of Wembley Stadium
Both Wimbledon and Wembley are historic venues, and have played host to a wide range of sporting events, from what is considered one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments, to the Olympics and the FA Cup Final. In the morning, you will be making your way to Wimbledon, to participate in a tour of the grounds, learning about the history of not only the Championships, but also the role the British Lawn Tennis Association plays in the UK.
Following this, you will proceed to Wembley stadium, with entrance and a tour of the hallowed arch. You will have the opportunity to ask a range of questions and learn about this iconic London stadium.
MORNING Walking tour of the London Olympic sites
AFTERNOON Meeting with representative from a charity focusing on enabling young people with disabilities to enhance their sporting skills
The Olympics of 2012 had a huge impact, both on the country as a whole and East London, where a number of the venues were based. Your tour this morning will start in the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park, taking in a number of the venues and learning about the regeneration and development of the area, how it has boosted the economy, as well as how local residents feel about the changes.
The park is located next to Westfield Stratford City, one of the largest shopping Malls in Europe, so your free time over lunch will allow you to peruse the shops and eat in one of the numerous restaurants, before taking the tube to venture back into the City for an afternoon lecture.
The lecture this afternoon will take place at the Anglo Educational Services Study Centre, located in the heart of Bloomsbury. You will meet with the Founder of a Sports Charity, helping those with disabilities excel in their sporting endeavours. He will cover the work of the charity, Sport in the UK, and how the charity raises and uses their money.
MORNING Entrance and guided tour of Twickenham Stadium
AFTERNOON Visit to Olympic Training Facility
EVENING Theatre production
Twickenham is the home of English rugby. Your customised visit with stadium staff will cover not only the game, but the management and development of the stadium over the years, sponsorship and training. This ties in nicely with your afternoon visit to one of the Olympic training facilities, where you will learn how elite athletes are trained, the funding made available for those focusing on sport in the UK, and how venues were developed in advance of the Olympic Games in 2012. In the evening, you will all have the chance to be dazzled by some of the stars of London’s West End stage, when you visit one of the many theatres in London. This is a must see when you are in the City!
MORNING Visit to Stoke Mandeville Stadium with lecture and tour
AFTERNOON Visit to an Oxford College, and meeting with representative from an Oxford University sporting team
Stoke Mandeville Stadium was the birthplace of the Paralympic Games. Travelling via private coach, your visit to the stadium will highlight the work of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, who arranged the first games in 1948 for servicemen with spinal cord injuries. Today the games are integral to the Olympics, focusing on ability over disability.
Following this you will make your way to the university town of Oxford. Oxford is famed for its sporting achievements, particularly in rowing. After free time for lunch in the city, your group will meet with representatives from one of the college teams and hear about their training schedule, the history of the sport, and how they fit training in around their gruelling studies.
MORNING Guided tour of Lord’s Cricket Ground
AFTERNOON Guided tour of a football stadium, followed by a football match
Lord’s is the home of MCC – Marylebone Cricket Club, which is the world’s most famous cricket club. Your tour will focus on the great British game, and the history of the ground. Following this visit, to finish off your stay you and your students will meet with the marketing and events team at a football stadium, and have the opportunity to watch a match – an essential for anyone looking at sporting events in the UK.
MORNING Airport transfer
This morning your educational tour to London will come to an end. You will be transported to the airport via a private coach for your flight home. We hope you have had a safe trip, and really hope that you have enriched your sports management studies.