tour de france
For the last ten years, Global Games has been running sports events around New Zealand, during this time we have hosted dozens of teams from around the globe, from as far away as South Africa, Japan, USA, France, Australia and the Islands. Whenever we have hosted teams and their supporters, we have always gone the extra mile to ensure they have been given a welcome not to be forgotten and treated them like our own family, with nothing being too much trouble. During their time here in NZ, we have put in place school and sports club visits, culture exchanges along with a large range of activities, including national reserves and park tours.
After seeing the positive impact the experience of touring overseas has had on the visiting teams we have hosted in NZ over the years, we wanted to offer our young people something similar and take up the invitation to visit some of the countries that had visited here. Over the last few years, Global Games have been working on an overseas project with some of those regions that spent time with us creating memories that have lived on with them well after they have departed.
2020 is the start of Global Games supporting grassroots kiwi kids and their teams on a once in a lifetime tour of France, England and Wales. This is an opportunity to experience life in an overseas country and learn about new cultures while taking part in Global Games affiliated events, where our teams will have the chance to meet and play teams from right across Europe. Travel dates are 21st April – 8th May 2020.
Though rugby union will be the vehicle and reason for travelling, there will be a huge emphasis on the player’s development through the different experiences that will come their way. These include visiting a French school, visiting memorial sites, places of historical importance and learning about the different regions that they will spend time in. Another part of the tour is on paying respect to soldiers from their club who served during WW1 and WW2 and gave their lives for the freedom we know today. The teams will travel to some of the sites near Lille, where these great men rest, to pay their respects.
We understand that the these selected players will need to take time away from their studies which are hugely important to them and their families, but the schools were the children have been selected see the benefit they will take away from such a journey and know that it will help develop them into outstanding individuals not only within the school but wider community.
To be selected to tour, your team must have played in a Global Games event, and scored in the top 10% of sportsmanship points. All teams are not only representing us but the whole country when they travel.
If you require any further information on taking your team on an overseas tour, I can make myself available to discuss in greater detail.
- Tyrone Campbell (Event Director)
Rugby club de gradignan
est. September 1971
Father Gilet & Guy Zumett
“Bringing together soldiers and civilians in a spirit of friendship, respect and generosity that is still present today.”
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Located in the middle of the vineyard, Rugby Club Gradignan is a beautiful French Club built on strong rugby values.
Our facilities include several fields, grandstand and an onsite gym. We focus on educational paths through rugby, team spirit and sportsmanship.
The club and region are excited to partner with Global Games to host our first international rugby festival to bring young people together to exchange cultures and play the game we love.
In the Honour and Honour Reserve Division
M6 - M14
Discovery, learning, pleasure, friendship and cohesion.
Town of Gradignan
This town in the South West of France of 25,000 inhabitants is located 10 km south of Bordeaux, in the green and peaceful suburbs of the town, is the perfect location for a junior rugby festival to be held in the department of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region.
There are many castles and their vineyards, built from the Middle Age to the 19th century. The city has more than 20 parks and green spaces as well as an important cultural and sporting heritage, its theatre, its House of Nature, the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostela, its museums including the local Museum of Vines and Wine.
There are 2 Olympic swimming pools, 13 sports fields, skatepark, 12 tennis courts, a basketball court and handball playgrounds... Moreover, it is one of the few municipalities that has its own vineyard. All these characteristics make Gradignan an active and attractive town very appreciated by its inhabitants and tourists.
region of bordeaux
You will find in this region everything you dream of in terms of a rugby tour that gives pleasure to Players. Management and supporters alike. It's the art of living and French cuisine at its best. Bordeaux is a must-visit city of art and history, has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List as an exceptional urban ensemble thanks in particular to the Port de la Lune district and its Water Mirror.
With a pleasant climate, superb architecture on a human scale, numerous pedestrian streets and friendly squares where bistro terraces flourish, the city of BDX knows how to take the time to live and enjoy simple pleasures. You will also find the Cité du Vin ("City of wine") classified by National Geographic as one of the best museums in the world, as well as high-quality sports facilities welcoming the TOP14 Rugby and Ligue 1 Football thanks to their respective teams. This region is full of wonderful unique places such as the many famous castles and vineyards, including the medieval city of Saint Emilion, but also the Dune of Pilat (the highest dune in Europe at 110m), an exceptional natural heritage that promises you a breathtaking view of the entire Arcachon Bay and the maritime pine forest.
Located at the gateway to the Landes Regional Nature Park, you will find a real Eldorado for oyster lovers, between the Atlantic Ocean, pine forest and fishing villages. Explore the region and discover the greenest of the French metropolises. We look forward to hosting your team and sharing in experiences to last a lifetime as rugby the means to bring us together.