A school tour is an exciting way to build the team spirit and identity of a group of players. It provides a rare opportunity for everyone to get to know each other better, and to establish a common style and purpose, as well as making friendships at home and abroad which can last a lifetime. Consider the aim of your tour carefully. Is the tour to be a development exercise for players/coaches; training activity or part of a holiday/relaxation; and will the tour be pre season, mid season or post season?
The RFU has a dedicated tours area on the website for general advice, checklists and information, and there are specific guidelines for schools.
Please be aware that schools need to have permission to tour overseas. It is necessary to complete a Permission to Tour Form [add link] and return to the schools department. This should be completed and returned along with an itinerary, fixture information and insurance details to [email@example.com]. Schools should apply for permission to tour a minimum of one month in advance of the tour. Once the form is returned the endorsement of your County School Union (CSU) and the Overseas Union you are visiting will be sought, and a letter granting permission to tour from the ERFSU will be issued.
The RFU has a number of useful documents to help schools plan successful tours:
For many years the RFU has worked with PGL to run a series of residential rugby camp weekends and team building weekends (MS Word DOC 1.1MB) for young rugby players in school years 7-11. Under the tutelage of RFU accredited trainers, high-quality rugby coaching and outdoor activities are a great way to build that vital team spirit.