Five Steps to Planning Your Trip
When you lead your team overseas you are not merely providing them a fun experience (though it will be), nor is it just an opportunity for learning (but, it is that too!), you are giving them an experience that will change their lives forever. They will return home better players, the team will have bonded; they will be more confident and ready to take on the world.
AND IT’S EASIER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!
The following five steps will guide you through the process of planning an overseas program:
#1: Meet Your Coordinator
Skilled Regional Coordinators are not just sports enthusiasts, they are expert trip planners. Talk to your coordinator about your interests, goals and concerns, and he or she will help you identify the factors that will make your trip a success–trip types, number of cities, length of tour, time of year–and even suggest options you may not have considered.
#2: Design Your Tour
Choosing a Destination
Coaches take teams throughout the world and If you have sports connections in a specific country, we can tailor-make a tour to visit those places.
Selecting a Trip Type
GoPlay tours can be customized a little or a lot, so think of the itineraries as a starting point to building your vision, and do not settle for anything less than the best. Work with your Coordinator and trust their expertise to pick or design the perfect tour.
It's Your Decision
We recommend that you take the lead in selecting the trip, Choose a trip you are excited about–your enthusiasm will be contagious!
#3: Recruit your Team
Host an Initial Player Meeting
Describe the program, and explain the benefits to the players as individuals and for your team as a whole. You can also publicize the trip by putting it in your team's newsletter – and on your website.
Get the Parents on Board
Talk about the value of travel, your specific trip, safety and the cost. You will want to distribute your team's trip flyer and provide the URL for your customized Trip Site where players and parents can learn more and register.
#4: Grow Your Group
We've found the best way to maintain enthusiasm is to host a series of meetings throughout the year. You can use these meetings to recruit additional participants, review travel documents, plan fundraisers, learn about your destinations and increase group camaraderie. The more you know before you go, the more you'll see when you're there.
#5: Pack Your Bags & Go! Leave the rest to GoPlay
Your GoPlay Tour Manager will greet you at the airport and take care of everything from there.