Darren has been a member of the Burleigh Travel team since 2008 and previous to this he worked in travel agencies and for other tour operators in different areas of the travel industry including coaching and luxury villa holidays. He has always been interested in various sports so the chance to work for a company who arrange sports tours was a perfect opportunity. Darren works in our administration team and enjoys pulling together all of the aspects that make a sports tour successful, such as a hotel, coach, ferry and of course the sports fixtures!
Away from work Darren enjoys jogging but his main passion is football and he regularly watches our local non league team, Gloucester City FC. His best memory was a 1.0 win away to Farnborough which secured promotion to the Blue Square North league via the play offs in 2009! He has been a regular in Bentham’s 5 a side league playing for 3 different teams at one stage!. He also enjoys meeting up with friends for a few beers to unwind.
Darren has visited a number of countries through his role at Bureigh travel. The most recent being the Barbados Tourism Authorities ‘Gimme 5 and Fly’ Familiarisation Trip to Barbados in July 2013, where Darren had the opportunity to visit our hotels and ground agents in Barbados and also experience all that Barbados has to offer for the sporting tourist.
Favourite Sports Tour Destination
“Barbados, what can be better than being somewhere with the sun shining every day (even when it rains it doesn’t last long!). Everywhere you go on the island everyone is so welcoming and pleased to see you. The beaches are amazing and of course the rum punch always helps!”
Most Memorable Sports Tour Experience
“One of my main jobs at Burleigh Travel is being responsible for the accommodation side of our mini and junior rugby festivals and making sure everyone has a caravan to sleep in! We also help run the festivals and stay on site with our groups so it is great to see the tours from start to finish and see all the teams enjoying two good days of rugby.”
Darren on a Barbados Tourist Boad Familiarisation Trip in 2013
Darren on holiday in Tenerife
Favourite Sport: Football
Best Achievement: Completing 2 x 10k runs and being part of a team that won the Bentham Division two 5-a side league unbeaten for the whole season!
Favourite Sports Team: Gloucester City FC & Arsenal FC
Favourite Sports Personality: Ian Wright Wright Wright Wright Wright!!!
Countries Visited: Ireland, France, Spain, Latvia, Sweden, Belgium, Scotland, Jersey, Denmark, Zante, Tenerife, Cyprus, Thailand (Bangkok & Phuket), Barbados
Random Fact: Once played an Ugly Sister in a school play of Cinderella.
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