Holland or The Netherlands is a perennially popular favourite sports tour destination and has been since the beginnings of Burleigh Travel in the early – mid 1990’s. The friendly welcome, competitive sport and cost effective travel options ensure that each sporting season there are rugby, football, cricket and hockey teams from across the UK queuing up to take on the Dutch in their home land.
In view of its popularity, a group of our sports tour professionals recently visited Holland to ensure that our destination knowledge is current allowing us to provide the best advice for our touring sports teams. As part of this visit, we visited a coastal town called Volendam, located to the North East of Amsterdam as many of our touring teams select this as their base for sports tours due to favourable accomdoation located within walking distance of the town. This format is perfect for junior sporting groups looking for a destination that allows an element of freedom for the players but does not bring the concerns of a major city.
Volendam is an ideal location for a sports tour over a long weekend. during our visit, the town for us offered all that you’d hope for from a short visit.
Volendam is an old fishing village which has the perfect balance of atmosphere and culture. The town is also world famous for its music and football, so it’s a fantastic place for a football tour in particular. From the accommodation, you can take in the beautiful sites as you wander along the short walk to the livelier part of town near the Marina, where there are plenty of bars and restaurants to chose from.
There are also an array of cultural activities to enjoy from Volendam, from the Cheese Factory and windmill tours to a trip into very lively Amsterdam; famous for its controversial culture. For more things on what’s on offer – http://www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do.
During our visit, we watched FC Volendam in action in the second tier of Dutch football, made the short trip to Amsterdam, where we took in a tour of the Amsterdam Arena home of Aijax FC and enjoyed exploring, eating, drinking and relaxing in Volendam itself; where a visit to the Cheese Factory was a particular highlight!
All in all the area of Volendam seemed to offer a safe convenient and culturally packed experience; with lots on offer to really get a great taste of Holland.
At the heart of Volendam is our popular accommodation complex; a large and picturesque site with easy to access amenities; offering an ideal location for any youth sports team.
The complex has a unique feel and we certainly felt like we were a part of the local community with no pressure to feel or act like you were on holiday; a very homely and welcoming experience. Large and comfortable rooms, set around the harbour with windmills on view, stone bridges, a gym, several bars and restaurants, pool and you could even have a pamper day at their own beauty salon should you wish; (calling all touring mums!)
Should you wish to learn more about a sports tour to Volendam, or to other parts of Holland please visit our website and complete and online enquiry to receive your tailored sports tour itinerary and we will be delighted to provide you with further information. We look forward to hearing from you!