Meet the team working to create your tour experience

MasterClass Sports Tours are perfectly set up for group leaders looking for a hassle-free sporting experience away from the term time routine, making our sports tours the ideal choice for first time group leaders and seasoned professionals alike whose busy schedules require a no-fuss process to booking your trip.

managing director

As an avid rugby fan and equally keen sports enthusiast, I've been lucky enough to have been running global sports tour operators for nearly 15 years, both with MasterClass and our sister company Edwin Doran Sports Tours.

Following my graduation from Southampton University, my rugby career probably peaked during my five year spell as Club Captain at Tring RUFC and I now enjoy a Saturday trundle for the mighty Teddington Antlers in nearby Bushy Park.

Being able set the standards in delivering phenomenal sports touring experiences, is a great privilege - and I am very excited to be able to achieve this through MasterClass.

Favourite sport

Rugby, but I am partial to spectating any sport.

Favourite personal sporting moment

Winning at Twickenham for Teddington RFC in the Senior Cup in 2011.

I joined Edwin Doran in 2013 as a Sales Executive after finishing my law degree at Cardiff University. I absolutely love travelling and sport, and so being able to bring those two things together every day is fantastic! I’ve tried my hand at most sports over the years, captaining my school in rugby and cricket and also spent a year as a sports reporter on the radio in Cardiff, including live rugby commentary from the Millennium Stadium, picking up a national award along the way.

Favourite touring destination

For the facilities, competition and guaranteed warm reception, it would have to be Holland!

Favourite personal sporting moment

Captaining my school on rugby tour in South Africa, and having a kick around with Alan Shearer as Newcastle mascot when I was a kid.

Favourite moment at Edwin Doran

Has to be seeing all the MasterClass events in full swing - so rewarding every time!

After graduating from Plymouth University with a degree in Geography I joined the MasterClass team to run our Holland events. I’ve always loved organisation, travel and sport so it is the perfect role for me!

I have worked as a sailing instructor in Greece for two summers and this is what sparked my real passion for the operations behind the scenes in the travel industry.

Favourite sports

Sailing, Netball and Dancing

Best travelling experience

Travelling from Los Angeles up to Yellowstone National Park on a tour of the West coast of the USA on a geography tour when I was at school.

Favourite moment at Edwin Doran

It has to be seeing the events in full swing. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and learning loads of new skills is brilliant.

As Tour Operator, I run our popular Spain events. After spending 2 and a half years travelling, I was keen to continue in a career in travel. I’ve always had a keen interest in sport so a job that combined two of my favourite things seemed like the perfect fit! My time in Australia and New Zealand only strengthened my love of sport and even opened my eyes to a whole range of different sports. I’ve worked in travel before and this is an area of the industry I’m really excited to work in.

I have worked as a sailing instructor in Greece for two summers and this is what sparked my real passion for the operations behind the scenes in the travel industry.

Favourite sports

Tennis, netball

Best travelling experience

Climbing Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand driving the Great Ocean Road.

Favourite sporting experience

Seeing Nadal play in the Australian Open and watching the All Blacks play on their home turf during the British tour to New Zealand in 2014

Having played rugby since school, I have always been an avid sportsman; from playing 1st XV in my school and captaining Buckinghamshire County Rugby to playing in the 1st XV at the University of Northampton where I studied Events Management. I have continued playing rugby since leaving University, around the country, for different teams and currently play for British Airways RFC.

My favourite memories during all of these periods have been playing in sports tours. To be able to create similar memories for others is something really special and what makes working for Masterclass truly amazing.

Favourite sports

Rugby and Formula 1

Favourite sporting experience

Chosen by Canterbury to be at the 2015 England Rugby World Cup Shirt Launch with a guided tour of the changing rooms, royal box and the rest of the stadium with members of the England squad.

Fiona Turnbull

health & safety manager

I have worked all my life in travel but was very lucky to work overseas for 12 years with First Choice Holidays and then with TUI Travel. I started off as a Holiday Representative prior to moving over to Health & Safety. Since joining MasterClass, t’s been great fun and very rewarding being able to safeguard all of the amazing experiences which we create for young people across the UK to enjoy in so many incredible destinations.

Favourite sport

Tennis

Favourite travelling experience

Flying in a 6 seater aircraft into the canyon to see Angel Falls

Born and bred on the Wirral, Merseyside I finally left the Northern nest and gained a 2:1 degree in Politics and American Studies from Swansea University.

Sport has been an enormous part of my life since I can remember. Playing county and above in netball, hockey, lacrosse and badminton. I finally dedicated my time to Lacrosse.

I studied abroad in 2013 at Colorado State University, played for their lacrosse team and spent my free time skiing.  I have represented the Wales International Lacrosse Team since I was 16; competing in one U19 World Cup, numerous Home Internationals and gained a silver medal at the Senior European Championships 2015. I am currently training hard for the World Cup 2017.

Favourite sporting destinations

USA, primarily California. Playing lacrosse with mountains behind you and the beach next to you is unbeatable; not to mention the welcoming people and competing against a nation that dominate in lacrosse.

Favourite personal sporting moment

Captaining Swansea University Lacrosse Team in 2013 and watching the girls improve and progress immensely.