MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
As a teenage athlete from the Netherlands our club organized an international sports exchange with a German club each year. These exchanges made a tremendous impression on me. I still remember the friends we made, the first time I ate new and unfamiliar food, and the different social environment and sights I was visiting. Bonding, socializing, and sharing our passion for team sports with my teammates and German players created great memories.
Five years later the organization in charge of these exchanges hired me. I was a very lucky person! More than 30 years later, I have been organizing international tours and exchanges for millions of players from all over the world. I am very fortunate that I can work on these events and tours every day. I can live my passion through my work and create an opportunity for players to meet other players from all over the world and introduce them to different cultures.
The most rewarding part of this job is when teams return from their tour and call us up to share their stories. To hear and see the exciting memories being made is an absolute thrill!
One of the highlights, and fondest of memories I have, which underlines my motivations and objectives, is the following story: Some decades ago I was working at one of our international tournaments. During the event a French player met an American player and on the day of departure they wanted to exchange addresses. They had a pen but no paper. One player grabbed a piece of fruit from their lunch packet and wrote down their address on this. After this they both left to go home with a true smile on their face. I then realized that I am working each day to help kids create happy, lifelong memories and friends, all through sports!
Loek van Zijl
Founder and President Premier International Tours
Rugby Travel Enthusiasts
Rugby teams from all over the North America - have discovered the world of international travel and sportsmanship with Premier International Tours. Since the start of our U.S. activities in the 1970s, 1,000 of teams have participated in international tours. All have been in good hands and have returned home with many wonderful experiences both on and off the field.As ambassadors of the game, our mission is to provide a premier travel experience that exceeds team's expectations and provides players and coaches with memories that will last a life-time. Premier International Tours has been organizing international rugby and soccer tours for North American teams to Europe, South America and Asia for over 30 years.
In those 30 years, thousands of rugby and soccer teams have participated in international travel with us and have returned home with wonderful experiences both on and off the field, our testimonials and references speak for themselves.
Contact us and let us know how we can provide you with a premier travel experience that exceeds your team's expectations and provides you with memories that will last a life-time.
Company Background and our partners overseas
Premier International Tours, formerly known as Euro-Sportring European Sports Tours, specializes in organizing sports tours to Europe and South America. Premier International Tours is partnered with different organizations and rugby tournament organizers in Europe and South America, including the Euro-Sportring Foundation and Esselle Sports Tours
Premier International Tours’ staff in Europe has a lot of experience with rugby and rugby tours. Our contacts are Steve Rigby and Sean Townsend.
Steve played as a youngster in the Back Row for a very successful School Team. He started playing Rugby at the age of 30 as a Tight Head Prop, when persuaded to take up the game again for Riyadh RFC in Saudi Arabia in 1989. From 1990 to 2001 he played Championship and National League 1 Rugby for his only English club Fylde RFC (famous ex- players such as Bill Beaumont and Tony Swift), and had representative Honours for Lancashire in the County Championship.
He retired in 2001 at the age of 42, and then became Team Manager at Fylde RFC for 3 seasons, before becoming Lancashire Manager in 2008. Since 2008 they have played in 7 out of the last 8 Finals, winning the National County Championship on 5 out of 7 occasions. He has always considered touring as a huge part of his Rugby career and can recommend all his previous touring destinations; Spain, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Germany, Ireland and Scotland.
Sean’s 30+ years playing & managing in rugby has been purely social. He has a lot of touring experience over the years: USA, Canada, France, Scotland, Ireland, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic and Belgium.
You are in really safe hands with Premier International Tours and its staff. Between Sean and Steve, they have 50+ years of experience in handling touring rugby groups, so they have plenty of experience.