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Twedex Unveiled as Global Travel Partners for The World School Games Event Series

Trans World Educational Experiences (Twedex) was today unveiled as Global Travel Partner of The World Schools Games Event Series in 2019.

The World School Games Event Series will see schools from across the globe compete in a range of sports competitions at various age categories, in a quest to unearth the World Champions of school sport. With the flagship World School Games event, staged annually in Dubai, set for expansion in 2019 to 48 schools competing at separate U11 and U13 events in athletics, swimming and football, the introduction of the Event Series aims to broaden the scope of competitive school sport on the world stage.

The world’s number one University for sport, Loughborough (UK), was last week announced as the host venue for the inaugural World Schools Netball Cup in June. The World Schools Football Cup will be staged in Barcelona (Spain) in October, as well as The World Schools Rugby Cup and The World Schools Cricket Cup in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Scott Macfarlane, of Twedex, is privileged to be involved in the expansion of one of the most exciting youth sports competitions in the world.

“The World School Games Event Series provides a unique stage for the world’s best school athletes to compete with and against each other, in a fun and competitive series of events, at truly world class facilities. At Twedex we are always looking for innovative ways to give young people the best sports travel opportunities possible. It’s the perfect fit.”

“We’re very proud to work in collaboration with The World School Games and will use our organisation’s skillset to enhance the travel and logistics experience of the travelling teams for each event in 2019.”

Adam Kerr, of The World School Games, is delighted to team up with Twedex ahead of a hugely exciting year for both organisations.

“To have secured the services of Twedex as Global Travel Partners is a terrific coup for The World School Games. Over 5,000 athletes from more than 40 countries will take part in a World School Games event in 2019. The travel and logistics at global events require a huge amount of expertise and planning, and our expansion in 2019 will mean we have more athletes than ever travelling across the world to take part in our events.”

For more information on the newly launched World School Games Event Series visit www.wsgevents.com | www.theworldschoolgames.com

Trans World and Fife Schools FA Join Forces

Trans World Educational Experiences have joined forces with Fife Schools Football Association this week in a partnership which will see the association and its members benefit in a number of ways.

The innovative new partnership sees a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Fife Schools FA Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Fife.

The deal also sees members of the Fife Schools FA benefit from exclusive offers and opportunities through Trans World including kit sponsorship.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds. Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and media education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

Kirkcaldy HS pose in their new kits, supplied by Trans World.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World said: “We are pleased to be joining forces with the Fife Schools FA. We have worked in collaboration with a number of their members over the years and we are delighted to reinforce the strong relationship we have with school across Fife.”

“The Fife Schools FA does a fantastic job year in, year out on a voluntary basis, and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to the game.”

Blair Hopcroft, treasurer of the Fife Schools FA said: “Fife Schools Football Association are absolutely delighted to have the support of Trans World. A number of schools in the region have been on trips with Trans World and have always had a first class experience.”

“The Fife Schools FA is all about giving young footballers opportunities to play the game and enjoy the experience and we feel that Trans World do exactly that; it really is a perfect partnership,” he added.

For more information about Fife Schools FA, visit their newly redeveloped website here.

DASSA Set to Excite and Inspire Young Minds

Trans World Educational Experiences (TWEDEX), the UAE’s only independent provider of tailor-made sports education journeys, has announced a new partnership with Dubai Affiliated School Sports Association (DASSA) to bring memorable journeys to schools across Dubai.

As part of the agreement, TWEDEX will become the official sports education partner for more than 100 of DASSA’s member schools.

This will see more than 200,000 children across the Emirate given the opportunity to participate in journeys that combine professional training and live sport, with educational elements such as team building and sports education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organized in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance.

As part of the deal, TWEDEX will also contribute a minimum donation of AED 10,000 per annum to DASSA’s development fund, and a percentage of every student’s tour fee thereafter.

DASSA’s Andy Jones and Trans World’s Scott Macfarlane.

“Sports education journeys play a key role in helping develop important qualities in children and young people such as leadership, sharing, team spirit and tolerance,” said Scott Macfarlane, Director at Trans World Educational Experiences.

“To date, we have delivered more than 225 trips for 90 schools across the Middle East, giving over 6500 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime. Our journeys excite and inspire young minds, provide students with a global perspective, complement the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development. We look forward to working closely with DASSA to deliver our unique journeys to new school partners across Dubai.”

DASSA, established in 2005, is made up of over 100 primary and secondary schools. The organization manages fixtures and arranges sports competitions throughout the school year.

“At DASSA, we are committed to quality sports education in Dubai, and work with like-minded organizations to promote the importance of good and sound sporting practices,” said Andy Jones, Chairman, DASSA. “We are therefore very pleased to welcome TWEDEX as our partner for the next three academic years, and look forward to delivering journeys that develop, inspire and educate Dubai’s young minds.”

The announcement comes at a time when physical education is high on the national agenda.

Earlier this year, the UAE Ministry of Education, announced a reform to the Physical and Health Education Curriculum across all government schools. The objective of the new Physical and Health Education curriculum – implemented across all government schools from January 2017 – is to meet the individual needs of each student and to empower the younger generation to take ownership of their physical education, health and wellbeing.

The reform ensures the adoption of a modern and comprehensive curriculum, which fosters the student’s personality and exposes them to the most up-to-date educational practices that promote determination, give them peace of mind and diversify their skills.

 

Trans World Join Team Leicestershire!

Trans World are delighted to announce an exciting partnership with Team Leicestershire for 2017/18. Team Leicestershire organise competitive school sports across a number of sports including football, hockey, netball and basketball.

Trans World Educational Experiences creates sports journeys that excite, empower and inspire young minds.
Our tailor-made sports-education experiences provide a global-perspective, complement and enrich the curriculum, and leave a lasting impact on participants’ future development.

Each Trans World trip combines professional training, challenge matches and live sport with educational elements such as team building and sports education, enabling students to develop their character and enhance their physical and mental skillset through a range of bespoke activities.

All trips are organised in collaboration with some of the world’s most established sporting clubs and institutions from football and basketball to rugby, netball and dance. 

To date, Trans World has successfully delivered more than 2500 trips for 600 schools across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, giving over 70,000 children and young adults the experience of a lifetime.

The exciting new partnership sees a percentage of every Trans World school trip fee given back to the Team Leicestershire Development Fund, ensuring meaningful long-term support for the schools game in Leicestershire and the surrounding area.

Scott Macfarlane, co-founder of Trans World said: “At Trans World we understand that school sport is a vital component to the continued development of young athletes. Team Leicestershire has done a fantastic job for the last three years and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with this great organisation and their partner schools to give something back to school sports.”

To find out more about Team Leicestershire, visit their website here.

Adiós to the Vicente Calderón

When Atlético Madrid walk out to face Malaga at their new Wanda Metropolitano home on Saturday evening they will be doing more than simply playing their first game at a new stadium.

Atléti will be leaving behind the bare concrete walls, the roofless stands and the backless seats of the Vicente Calderón in favour of a new, modern-day multi-purpose football arena 14 kilometres away in the west of the city.

The Calderón was practical. It did the job it was built for – and did it well – but it did little else. Even the hospitality suites attached to the very back of the top tiers on three sides of the stadium look like an afterthought.

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The practicality of the stadium even extends beneath the main stand, where the M-30 dual carriageway runs unapologetically on the banks of the Manzanares river. It is as iconic as it is amazing – an impressive piece of construction which is set to be confined to history on Saturday evening.

Opinion on the move was split from the very beginning among Atlético fans, with some believing a move away from the aging Calderon was necessary if the club was to progress with the times while others were against the idea of moving away from a home which has served the club well over five decades.

The Calderon was in many ways symptomatic of Atléti as a club. There were no frills, no fancy facades and no pretences – it was a place where people went to watch their team play football and then carried on with the rest of their day.

Turn to the Wanda Metropolitano and you can bet the guides will know exactly how many seats are in every section of the stadium – a difference in mindset stemming from a difference in surroundings.

The stadium’s museum wasn’t show-offish despite the healthy trophy cabinet contained within it. It was as practical as the Calderon itself, artefacts and exhibits laid out in an easy to follow route, with medals and trophies modestly intermingled.

The main space within the museum was a simple 10-by-20-metre square with glass cabinets on all four walls, historic moments remembered by small images or objects – compare that to the interactive, full-in-the-face experience of the Santiago Bernabéu museum and you soon understand the differences in mentality of both clubs.

The brand-new, shiny white Metropolitano is a nod in the direction of Real’s way of thinking – although that is not to say it is in any way an attempt to replicate it.

The new stadium is proof that the decision makers at Atlético understand the need to move with the times. It is true that staying at the Calderon as it existed during its last season was not a viable option for a club which continually competes in the latter stages of the Champions League – crumbling staircases and rusting iron fences are hardly befitting on Europe’s biggest stage.

There is no doubt that Saturday evening will be a joyous occasion for the club, but it is hard to believe that there won’t be a tint of sadness that their first game at the Wanda Metropolitano marks the end of the club’s time at the brilliantly unique Vicente Caldéron.

 

 

Partner Charity Donation – Together in Sport, Rwanda

This month we made a second donation of the year to official charity partner Together in Sport Rwanda (TISR). The sum of £3005.00 was presented to TISR, following our £1500.00 donation earlier in January.

Michael Pentland, Sales and Marketing Officer at Trans World UK comments: “Together in Sport Rwanda is an amazing charity partner that uses the power of sport to foster health, well-being and community cohesion in rural Rwanda.

“We donate a percentage of every student’s fee to support the charity’s food programme at the Hope and Faith Academy in Bugasera. The partnership with Together in Sport plays an important part of our company strategy. The students that travel on our development tours now contribute to helping others in need whilst learning valuable life skills in a sporting context.”

The money recently donated was raised from all Trans World school trips running between February and May this year, with a percentage of the cost of each trip being donated to TISR.

The goal from the partnership in its first year is to provide one hot meal to every one of the 500 students at Hope and Faith Academy, every school day by the end of 2017, which will provide the energy needed to take part in the newly implemented school sports programme.

Kari Spence, founder of Together in Sport Rwanda added: “The continued support from Trans World is fantastic for all the children and their families at the Faith and Hope Academy, its continued support really does go a long way to improving people’s lives.”

Members of the Trans World Educational Experiences team presented Kari from Together in Sport with the donation last week. Michael continues: “We must say a huge thank you to every school, teacher, student and parent that has helped make this donation possible. We really value everybody’s support and loyalty and want to share the difference they are making to other people simply by travelling on a school trip”.

To find out more about Together in Sport Rwanda, visit http://www.togetherinsportrwanda.org/

The donation was made with thanks to:

Wellington International School          Muscat International School

NES Kuwait                                        Dubai British School

Dingwall Academy                              Repton School

Mintlaw Academy                               Jeddah Knowledge School

Eastwood High School                       Queen Anne High School

St Christopher’s School                      Kirkcaldy High School

Newton British Academy                    British School Kuwait

TEA Kuwait                                         James Gillespie’s High School

Bearsden Academy                            Nord Anglia International School Al Khor

Tynecastle High School                      Oldmachar Academy

Broughton High School

TOGETHER IN SPORT, RWANDA DONATION

Trans World Educational Experiences were delighted to make our first donation to our fantastic charity partner, Together in Sport Rwanda (TISR), last week with a £1500 contribution.

The money was raised from all Trans World trips running between October and January, with a percentage of the cost of each trip being donated to TISR.

Together in Sport Rwanda is an amazing charity that uses the power of sport to foster health, well-being and community cohesion in rural Rwanda. Trans World donates a percentage of every student’s fee to support the charity’s food programme at the Hope and Faith Academy in Bugasera. The goal in year one is to provide one hot meal to all 500 students every school day by the end of 2017, providing the energy needed to take part in sports.

Kari Spence, founder of Together in Sport Rwanda, said the partnership was “game changing” for the charity. She said it “gives us the oxygen we need to scale up our support for the children and their families at the Faith and Hope Academy.”

Scott Macfarlane, UK Director of Trans World Educational Experiences, was thrilled to present Together in Sport with the first donation of the partnership. “Our purpose at Trans World is to build global citizens of tomorrow through our world-class travel experiences. The new partnership with Together in Sport is an important part of our future strategy and we want to take our customers with us on this journey – students and teachers will directly contribute to the cause simply by travelling on a school trip.

He continued: “A huge thank you must go to every school, club, teacher, student and parent who has helped make this donation possible. Without their support and loyalty we would not have been able to donate such a sizeable sum.”

 

The donation was made with thanks to:

Kirkcaldy High School Stranraer Academy
KIlwinning Academy Craigmount High School
Douglas Ewart High School Bathgate Academy
Forrester High School Knox Academy
Beath High School Dunfermline High School
Holyrood High School Bellsquarry Primary School
Williamston Primary School

 

To find out more about Together in Sport Rwanda, visit http://www.togetherinsportrwanda.org/ or call +44 (0) 131 510 1008.

 

**Trans World Educational Experiences is supporting Together in Sport – Rwanda’s food programme. A percentage of every child’s fee on a Trans World school trip contributes to the cause. The aim in year 1 is to feed 500 school children every school day, with the school sports travel aiming to donate £10,000 to the charity in the next 12 months.**

TOP 5 TIPS FOR GETTING IN TO THE SPORTS INDUSTRY

Having been a part of the Trans World Soccer team for over a year now, there are a few recurring questions that seem to always come up on the trips. The most common of which is “how did you get your job” or sometimes the slightly more pro-active kids go for “can I come and work for you”. It always breaks my heart to inform the pupils on the trip that it’s not as simple as some of them would like, and in fact the sports industry is one of the most competitive there is.

With this in mind the staff at TWS have pulled together our top 5 tips as to what we feel are essential to getting involved in the sports industry, and hopefully into a job that you love. Get your pen and paper ready….

 

1.GET INVOLVED IN COACHING

Here’s where you can sign up http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/scottish_football.cfm?page=3616

 

2.VOLUNTEERING GOES A LONG WAY

Whilst working for no pay sounds like a terrible idea, you’d be amazed at how much employers love to see someone with relevant experience. Even if you can only manage one day a month, it’s going to go a long way in the long term and might be what separates your C.V  from someone else’s. Here’s a couple of great football charities you could be helping out now –  www.footballaid.com & http://www.streetsoccerscotland.org/

 

3.DON’T FORGET ABOUT UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE

With such a competitive job market in the sports industry, employers are now seeking those with degrees & can easily discount you if you don’t have one. Scotland has a number of great sports courses ranging from coaching and development to business and management. Check out some of the top rated courses here:http://www.whatuni.com/degrees/courses/degree-courses/sports-science-degree-courses-scotland/m/scotland/r/9083/page.html#

 

4.USE YOUR NETWORK

One thing you’ll find is that the sports network is actually very small and everyone knows everyone. So use your contacts to your advantage, it may be your P.E teacher, football coach or even someone’s older sibling you talk to. Don’t be scared to ask for advice or how they got to where they are, it could be just the advice or motivation you need. There’s nothing more flattering for an adult than to have someone seek their advice & opinion – use this to your benefit.

 

5.EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING

When I started out on my working life when I was 17, I ended up working in retail in a clothes shop …. not exactly the dream sports job I’d imagined. What I did find was the experience of working in such a fast paced, customer orientated environment did, was give me lots of transferrable skills that I could bring to any job. So when I was in my first ever interview for a sports related job I actually found it was my customer service & communication skills that they were interested in, not my ability to bend in a free kick from 30 yards.

 

We hope these tips help those of you that are interested in getting involved in the best industry in the world. Sport is big business and with that comes big competition to get involved and be the best at what you do. Use these simple tips to get yourself on the ladder and who knows where in the world you could end up.