Travel and Tour Bursary Fund
By way of an example, in the summer of 2013, four of the boys on the rugby tour to Canada (who are already in receipt of scholarships and bursaries) were able to join the trip thanks to a travel and tour bursary. The tour's report is below (and pictured above), along with a report from the Australian rugby tour in 2011.
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Canada Summer 2013
Four of the boys on the rugby tour to Canada were able to attend thanks to Foundation Travel and Tour bursaries as part of the Annual Fund. Below are some extracts from one of the recipient’s experiences:
“Day 4 - All the boys spent the day in the madness of the Calgary Stampede, soaking up the atmosphere of the rodeos and wagon racing, many of us dressing like cowboys. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting the world’s largest rodeo festival, with hundreds of thousands of people roaming around the large city. Ten of us later that day had two Sevens matches which we won quite comfortably and the rest of the squad beat a physical Calgary Irish team, many of the younger boys on tour stepping up and putting some great performances in. A great start to tour and we are all looking forward to its progression.
Day 6 - We all had an early start for one of our biggest tour matches against the Wolfpack Select Under 19's who represented a huge area of Canada. In our most physical match yet the boys all fought hard to climb back from behind, with a try from Jack Humphrey in the last minute rescuing us and putting us into the lead. It was an awesome win and all the boys on the sidelines were a huge part of our success.
Day 12 - The next day of Sevens in Victoria was a tough one for the boys as we were all aching from the previous rugby matches and our 1sts lost our first game against British Columbia, but not without a fight. The two Sherborne teams ended up facing off in the plate semi-final in an extremely competitive game. The 1sts came through victorious and went on to win plate beating the American state of South Carolina. The evening that followed was one of the most special in the entire tour, as we enjoyed a BBQ at an amazingly hospitable Old Shirburnian’s house, striking golf balls off the bank into the sea on a beautiful evening. It was an experience that I could only dream of before the tour and which became a reality thanks to the unbelievable kindness of the hosts.
Day 14 - Later that evening in Vancouver we played our last game of tour. Brutal and physical as it was, it was just what we expected and as a whole squad, with every member playing, we came out victorious over Abbotsford who were a much larger group of boys/men. Every boy played hard for our team and we really laid down the work rate and passion which we intend to carry through into our season. The tour has been priceless in terms of the development of us all individually and more importantly as a team, and the confidence it has given us will be vital next year throughout a competitive fixture list.”
Australia - summer 2011
Despite the almost incessant rain which accompanied them on the first part of the tour, the boys gave an impressive account of themselves on the pitch with the A team winning all their matches, which included fixtures against Newington College, Kings Parramatta, St Edmund’s College, Canberra and All Saints Anglican on the Gold Coast.
Alongside a packed schedule of training and playing, the boys were also able to broaden their horizons with a boat trip kindly provided in Hong Kong by OS based out there and, in Canberra, took the opportunity to visit the War Memorial and the Australian Institute of Sport.
One of the boys said:
"The chance to travel around the world, to explore foreign countries and cultures may only happen once in my lifetime. I only got this chance at Sherborne School via the Travel and Tour Bursary Fund.
On the Australia rugby tour I got the chance to improve my sporting skills and endeavours against sides of great strength and skill. Looking back on it I will never forget it and I will always be forever grateful for the opportunities that the support of the fund has given to me."