2nd win for Kelvinside on Tour in Ireland, 26-17

Second tour fixture in the books and a 26-17 win for @KA_Active (Kelvinside). Huge thank you to @HsdRugby (The High School) for being fantastic hosts.
 
kelvinside1 - 2nd win for Kelvinside on Tour in Ireland, 26-17

kelvinside2 - 2nd win for Kelvinside on Tour in Ireland, 26-17

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Schools Department – Rob Dickson Joins

LWTL’s newest recruit!

 
After an incredibly busy and successful summer at Living With The Lions, we delved into the transfer market on deadline day and we are delighted that Rob Dickson has joined us from Gullivers Sports Travel/Edwin Doran Sports Tours. Rob brings a wealth of experience having worked in the market place for 9 years and has travelled extensively worldwide. We caught up with Rob on his first day to find out why he chose to join our team.
 
“Having moved from a large corporate company, it’s great to be a part of a smaller business that puts customers first rather than worry about the bottom line and hitting targets. Living With The Lions has a fantastic name in the market place for all sports and I look forward to meeting our current customers and adding new groups to the LWTL family. It is clear that the relationship between the customers and our staff is incredibly tight knit and the experience our staff have in the team should not go unnoticed.”
 
robdickson - Schools Department - Rob Dickson Joins
 
LWTL provide a price guarantee policy, this means once you book your sports tour with us, we lock in all of the currency needed for your tour ensuring schools, staff and parents can confidently plan their tour budget.
Please contact us to get a quote for your next sports tour, and visit our testimonials to hear what UK schools are saying about their touring experience with LWTL.
 
TO CONTACT ROB: email rob@lwtlschools.co.uk or call his mobile 07793 039545

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LWTL looking for Schools Sales Person

EXPERIENCED SCHOOL SPORTS TOURS SALES PERSON:

Living With The Lions is a small, privately owned sports travel company based in Conderton just outside Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. We pride ourselves on the talent of our team and are currently looking for a hardworking, enthusiastic & passionate sales person to join our growing schools team.
 

THE ROLE:

  • Experienced School Sports Tours Sales Person
  • Full-time (37 ½ hrs/week) – Monday to Friday 0900 – 1730 hrs
  • Salary competitive depending on experience
  • Location: Negotiable

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • You will be part of a team reporting directly to the schools sales manager with responsibility for selling a number of sports tours as well as the occasional cultural or musical tour. You will have responsibility for the quoting of all elements of the tour and liaison with the client, transport providers, ground agent and suppliers during the process.
  • You will be responsible for a variety of tours covering a range of sports. This will include long-haul (Caribbean, South Africa, Sri Lanka etc), European (mainly Spain, Italy, France) & the UK & Ireland as part of our inbound tour programme.
  • You will be responsible for managing your tours’ profitability, liaising with the financial team to minimise foreign currency fluctuation and for meeting all payment deadlines.
  • Health & safety & risk assessment play an important role in school tours and you would be responsible for assisting in collecting information from each supplier and liaising with the supplier & schools to ensure that all parties are meeting the standard required to ensure the safety of your clients.

 

KEY SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE REQUIRED APPLICANTS SHOULD HAVE:

  • Experience working within the schools sports travel sector is vital.
  • Possess a strong eye for detail with an infectious enthusiasm for the role.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of accuracy in their work, have a commercial focus, and possess good creative skills in terms of building itineraries and making amendments once a tour is in place to keep it within budget or maintain the flow of the itinerary.
  • Be able to manage their workload effectively, be well organised, flexible, determine priorities, act on their own initiative as well as being a strong team player.
  • Experience of working with airlines and booking flights. Knowledge of Global Distribution Systems (GDS) such as Sabre, Galileo and Amadeus.
  • Identify and create sales/margin opportunities.
  • Feel confident to work on your own but to also be a team player and be on hand to assist your colleagues at times of pressure. A positive ‘can do’ attitude is essential.
  • Enjoy sport & have a basic knowledge of the key school sports to include rugby, hockey, cricket & netball
  • A first-hand knowledge of some of the key destinations would be desirable such as Europe, South Africa, Australia, the Caribbean etc as well as familiarity with the geography of the UK.
  • Relevant experience in travel or in particular Sports Travel, languages and a desire to succeed in a competitive environment would be an advantage.

 

BENEFITS:

  • Inclusion in Company Pension Scheme
  • Annual Bonus scheme
  • Opportunity to travel
  • Job Type: Full-time
  • Salary: £ depends on experience plus commission

 
Relevant experience in travel or in particular Sports Travel, languages and a desire to succeed in a competitive environment would be an advantage. Please send your CV careers@livingwiththelions.co.uk if you are interested in receiving more information.

 

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Ulster U11’s New Zealand Pre-Tour Video Featuring Willie John Mcbride

LWTL Sports Travel are delighted to have arranged the Ulster U11 boys tour to NZ in 2017 to play rugby and to watch the second Test match in Wellington between New Zealand and the British & Irish Lions.
 

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Colchester Grammar – Tour feedback and photos

NICK MURRAY, Colchester Grammar School tour to Italy, October 2016

quote4 - Colchester Grammar - Tour feedback and photosThis was the third time we have toured Italy with Living With The Lions Sports Travel and its gets better each time. Excellent service from start to finish. Would recommend them to anyone
 

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Newcastle High School Tour Video

Great video put together by a student at Newcastle High School for Girls from their recent Sri Lanka tour.
 

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Andrew Trimble prank calls Paddy Jackson’s dad – VIDEO

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Great Feedback from LWTL Schools Summer Tours

RODDY DEANS, Merchiston Castle Rugby Tour to New Zealand, July/August 2016

quote4 - Great Feedback from LWTL Schools Summer ToursOur tour to New Zealand was one in which the squad enjoyed immensely and this is in no small part down to the excellent organisational skills of the people at Living With The Lions.
 

SIMON VINCENT, Tour Leader, Bryanston School Rugby Tour to Canada – July 2016

quote4 - Great Feedback from LWTL Schools Summer ToursWe all had a great tour and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities laid on. As it turned out there was a nice pace to the tour and the break at the Eco lodge came at a great time. Particularly good from the boys’ point of view were the training sessions at the Molson Stadium and the Tim Horton Stadium, which made a real impact.
 

JAMES WINDEATT, Hull Collegiate School, Sri Lanka Tour July 2016.

quote4 - Great Feedback from LWTL Schools Summer ToursThis has to go down as the best Sports Tour that the school has ran; not only were fixtures competitive across the board in the five sports that were played, but the life experiences and memories that will remain with the 47 tourists and five members of staff were worth every penny spent. The highlights for the pupils were the Elephant Orphanage, Turtle Sanctuary – especially releasing some babies back into the ocean and the Rainbow Centre.” – James Windeatt – Hull Collegiate School, Sri Lanka Tour July 2016.
 

JACKIE ATKINSON – Hockey & Netball tour to Sri Lanka, July 2016

quote4 - Great Feedback from LWTL Schools Summer ToursLWTL provided a first class professional service for our 2016 hockey and netball tour to Sri Lanka. Communication was clear and punctual ensuring that we remained on top of all the pre tour administration. The ground agents in Sri Lanka were excellent and support when a player was injured was first class. A varied and interesting itinerary was tailored to our requirements with first class accommodation at a very competitive price. A great tour reflecting the attention to detail that LWTL are prepared to offer.
 

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Job Opportunity – LWTL Schools Tours

Sales Executive / Account Manager – Club & School Tours

Living With The Lions is a small, privately owned sports travel company based in Conderton just outside Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. We pride ourselves on the talent of our team and after another fantastic year of growth the schools division has an opportunity for a new Sales person to join the LWTL Schools Sales team.
 

YOU MAY BE

  • An existing sales person within the sports travel industry
  • A teacher who has led many sports tours but looking for a change of career
  • A travel professional with a passion for sport
  • A sales professional with a proven track record of exceeding targets with a knowledge of the school/club tours market
  • A recent graduate with the hunger & desire to start a career in sports travel

 
If the above applies to you, then read on!
 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Responding to and following up leads and enquiries
  • Proactively generating new leads through research and cold calling potential clients from our database
  • Logging all client interaction on our CRM system
  • Strong negotiation skills with suppliers striving to deliver the best value for money tours.
  • Cost up multifaceted tour components using our in-house pricing system, ensuring profit margins are managed
  • Representing LWTL at events, conferences & exhibitions introducing the brand to potential new customers, generating enquiries and meeting with existing customers
  • Performing face to face meetings and group presentations as and when necessary.
  • Preparing itineraries and quotes for customer requests in an accurate and timely fashion.
  • Handle any sales challenges and have the ability to overcome these challenges with a successful outcome
  • Keeping our channels of communication updated through social media & website management, mail out content
  • Representing LWTL in resort as a tour leader if requested.
  • Ability to identify new product opportunities.

 

APPLICANTS SHOULD:

  • Have a strong sales/account management background both over the phone and face to face
  • A proven track record of exceeding targets and being successful in a previous sales role
  • Well travelled and a good knowledge of popular touring destinations LWTL offer
  • Pro-active ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Very high attention to detail and level of accuracy.
  • Passion for delivering over and above customer expectations.
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office – word / excel / powerpoint.
  • Willing to work unsociable hours – there will be the requirement for early starts, late finishes or working weekends/events
  • Have a full, clean UK Driving License

 

DESIRABLE ATTRIBUTES

  • Knowledge/Experience of the school/club sports travel industry
  • Professional experience working with destinations such as South Africa, Asia, Caribbean or Australasia
  • Good contacts within UK state/private schools
  • Good contacts within the travel industry worldwide
  • Group Flight booking/system experience
  • Ability to speak a second language

 

WE CAN OFFER YOU

  • Above industry average salary with generous commission/bonus package
  • Home or office based role dependent on candidate
  • Opportunity to travel
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Career progression opportunities

 
Relevant experience in travel or in particular Sports Travel, languages and a desire to succeed in a competitive environment would be an advantage. Please send your CV careers@livingwiththelions.co.uk if you are interested in receiving more information.

 

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LWTL Host Schools at Lord’s

Great day at Lord’s for LWTL Schools Team who were hosting Dulwich College, Abingdon School and The Leys.
 
IMG 0004 - LWTL Host Schools at Lord's

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