About Inspiresport

The premium sports development tour company.

Our aim is to deliver unique sports travel programmes including school and youth team sports tours to enrich young peoples' experiences and leave life-long memories.

  • Endorsed by 17 leading governing bodies
  • Working with world class coaches
  • Covering 57 locations worldwide
  • Every package is 100% bespoke to you

Inspiresport Stats

Founded
2004
Employees
17
Partners
35 Teams & Assoc.
Tours p/year
Over 200 per year
Total Travellers
70,000+ children

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Company History

2004
inspiresport opens for business.
2005
Valencia, FC Porto and the English Schools FA were some of the first to sign a partnership agreement with us.
2006
We added the ever popular Villarreal to our list of partners allowing us to bring UK youth playes to Spain, and operated our first Dutch tours at Feyenoord Rotterdam.
2007
Scottish Independent Schools FA and FC Barcelona showed their support of the opportunities we offer young players and partnered inspiresport.
2008
We added Benfica, Sporting and Real Madrid to the impressive list of professional football clubs we partner with.
2009
Sports governing bodies including, Welsh Schools FA, Netball Europe, Welsh Netball Association, and Scottish Schools FA exclusively endorsed us.
2010
The Spanish FA opened its doors to inspiresport allowing access to its world-class, multi-sport facilities in Madrid at the start of 2010. We also expanded our sales team taking on four new employees.
2011
inspiresport signed agreements with Real Mallorca and also Premiership Rugby, allowing UK schools and clubs access to rugby tours of the same calibre as football for the first time.
2012
The home of the FA, St Georges Park signed an initial two year agreement allowing us exclusive access to the home of all England's teams.
2013
We became a fully assured member of the School Travel Forum (STF) and were awarded the School Travel Forum badge. As the company continues to grow we moved into our new offices and had a new CEO appointed.
2014
inspiresport entered a 3 year sponsorship agreement with the Schools Association Football International Board (SAFIB). We were also endorsed by the Northern Ireland School's FA, entered a partnership agreement with National Soccer Coaches Association of America and appointed our first Head of Overseas Operations.

The Inspiresport Team

The Management Team

Steve Butchart, CEO

Enjoys: Football, Cricket

Supports: Manchester United, Toronto Maple Leafs

Experience: VP of Mainstream Operations, Thomas Cook, N. America Snr Commercial Dir. Thomas Cook, N. America Head of Product Planning, MyTravel, UK

Jed McCabe, Head of Youth Development

Enjoys: Martial Arts

Supports: European Football

Experience: Thomas Cook Club Rep, Sales Manager at P&O Cruises, Regional Development Manager at The International Academy.

David Powell, Head of Operations

Enjoys: Rugby

Supports: Local Club Newbridge

Experience: 40 years in the Travel industry. Founded-Holiday Express. Built call centre Holiday.co.uk. Founder of Spanish Express and Andorra Ski Express. Served as a ABTA board member, Chairman of the South Wales Region and currently member of the ABTA code of conduct committee.

Debbie Abraham, Head Of Overseas Operations

Enjoys: Gym

Supports: Real Mallorca

Experience: Thomas Cook Regional Operations Manager, Thomas Cook Spain.

Regional Youth Development Team

Ian Baker, Youth Development Director

Enjoys: Football, Rugby, Cricket, Golf, Ballet

Supports: Liverpool, Surrey Storm Netball

Experience: Played football at a Semi Professional level. Over 26 years in the Travel Industry.

Jonathan Young, Youth Development Director

Enjoys: Football, Squash, Tennis, Golf (very badly)

Supports: Liverpool FC and Gloucester

Experience: 10 years in the travel industry, with 8 years of that spent in the School Sports Travel Industry

Phil Edwards, Youth Development Director

Enjoys: Football, Rugby, Cricket, Golf

Supports: Manchester United, Cheltenham Town, Gloucester Rugby

Experience: Sports Science BSc, Exeter University. 13 years experience in the Sports Travel Industry.

Lydia Medley, Business Support

Enjoys: Running and Netball

Supports: New Orleans Saints and the Celtic Dragons

Experience: Sport Science BSc Swansea University, Business Management MSc Cardiff Metropolitan University. Swim Wales High Performance and Development admin assistant.

John Murphy, Youth Development Director

Enjoys: Football, Cricket

Supports: Spurs, Bedford Rugby

Experience: PE teacher for 12 years, Committee member of a grass-roots football club from its formation for over a decade.

Will Dobson, Youth Development Director

Enjoys: Hockey, Football, Rugby, Tennis, Golf

Supports: Liverpool, London Wasps

Experience: BA Hons (Southampton Solent University), School Ski Industry.

Operations Team

Ryan Britany, Operations Manager

Enjoys: Football, Golf, Squash, Cricket

Supports: Liverpool FC, New England Patriots

Experience: Sports Managemnet graduate, Cardiff City Academy coach, Director of coaching at youth soccer club in the USA.

Gwen Rosser, Operations Manager

Enjoys: Kettle-bells, Skiiing, Mountain Walking

Supports: Cardiff City FC

Experience: BA Hons Human Movement, 15yrs Head of PE, 4yrs Assistant Head, MAR Reflexology.

Jon Price, Operations Assistant

Enjoys: Football, Rugby

Supports: Swansea City FC

Experience: Previous administration experience in both the insurance and legal sectors. LLB Law Degree, Swansea University.

Vicky Wild, Operations Assistant

Enjoys: Swimming

Supports: Cardiff Blues

Experience: Tourism Management Ba(hons) UWIC, Events Management MSc UWIC.

Finance Team

Hywel Williams, Finance Manager

Enjoys: Rugby, Football, Cricket

Supports: Cardiff Blues, Glamorgan

Experience: BA Accounting & Finance (Exeter University), Qualified Chartered Accountant, trained at PwC in Cardiff.

Rhys Jones, Management Accountant

Enjoys: Football and Skiing

Supports: Spurs and Newport County

Experience: BA Economics, Swansea University in 2009. Currently working toward the ACCA qualification.

Shaun Beddow, Finance Assistant

Enjoys: Football, Rugby and Cricket

Supports: Manchester United

Experience: BSc Hons degree in Mathematics, University of Glamorgan, 2013. Accounts Department.

The Board

Simon Powell, Chairman

Enjoys: Skiing, Football

Supports: Cardiff City

Experience: Experienced Chief Executive, Business Growth and Exits , Non Executive , and Chairman. Investing in software, technology and travel business.

Matt Wakerley, Non Executive Director

Enjoys: Football, Rugby, Running

Supports: Aston Villa

Experience: Qualified Chartered Accountant (PricewaterhouseCoopers, 1999) CFO of Comtec Group Ltd. Founded Revelation Business Solutions Ltd.

Richard Calvert, Non Executive Director

Enjoys: Skiing, Rugby

Supports: All Welsh Teams!

Experience: Overseas Purchasing Director for the UK, Canada and Scandinavia for TUI Travel Plc. Thomas Cook, Managing Director of UK Mainstream Tour Operations. President and CEO of Destination Weddings Travel Inc.

Kevin Johnson, Non Executive Director

Enjoys: Running, Athletics, Rugby

Supports: Scottish Rugby

Experience: Marketing Director for the British Tourist Authority (now Visit Britain), Commercial Director of Scottish Rugby.

Jon Baldwin, Non Executive Director

Enjoys: Golf

Supports: Cardiff City FC, Washington Redskins

Experience: Investor in multiple businesses, MD Wye River Holdings LLC, Washington.

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