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Meet the ITC Sports Travel Team

Pride and passion are words you’ll often hear used by staff across the Inspiring Travel Company (ITC) brands.

Our staff take a genuine pride in what they do, and each has a passion for their specialist area that makes them expert in their role.

That’s why at ITC Sports Travel each of our team will meticulously craft your luxury sports holiday around your personal, specific needs, offering their own insight and first-hand knowledge.

They all have a passion for sport whether it's cricket, horse racing or rugby. And equally they have a passion for travel that has guided them through their careers and which will often see them enjoying both outside of working hours too!

We believe that our people are our greatest asset at ITC and will only take on those who demonstrate that they can use their passion for sport and travel every single day…that’s why when you hear us say we have the ‘best job in the world’, we aren’t kidding!

The Team

Alex Catton - Head of Sports

I feel very fortunate to have spent my entire career in the sports and travel industry. I graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Sports Management, and then began my sports coaching career in both the UK and the USA. I then moved into the sports travel industry, working on running tours to top sports events around the world.

Football is my main passion and I’ve been lucky enough to travel across Europe watching live fixtures in some of the world’s most famous stadia. A really memorable experience was joining the ‘Yellow Wall’ in Dortmund, while being there as Atletico Madrid triumphed in La Liga at the Nou Camp in 2015 was unforgettable.

I’m a fan of all sports, so being able to do this job each day is a true privilege. I take huge pride in sending clients on bucket list sporting holidays; hearing all the fantastic stories upon their return is the big highlight of my job.

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Richard Nurse - Sports Tour Director

My love of sports has been there from an early age and joining ITC Luxury Travel group in their sports department all those years ago was the stuff dreams are made of.

Planning, directing and managing the various tour experiences has been a privilege and the one memory that I will always treasure above all the events I have been fortunate enough to be involved with are the people I have met along the way.

Life is a journey so one better enjoy the ride, what better way than with ITC Sports Travel.

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Emma Fountain - Senior Sales Consultant

To me, travel is like electricity ~ it makes me feel alive. To combine travel and sports is a dream; I cannot really ask for more.

I am Yorkshire born and bred and live in the beautiful town of Harrogate. I love to garden, walk my terrier and watch the cricket on a summer’s day (with a glass of Pimm’s). I follow Wales and Wharfedale when it comes to rugby... thankfully I am not the sensitive type! Horse racing is another passion of mine. I rarely win but can be often found at York or Ripon in the summer, so I guess, I am fair-weather horse racing enthusiast!

The West Indies is my number one play ground ~ it’s like medicine. The destination really ticks all the boxes with endless sandy beaches, luxury hotels and rum punch! Of course, the cricket and horse racing is an absolute bonus and shouldn't be missed!

The above combination, possibly explains why the West Indies, remains a firm favourite for me after 25 years!

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Simon Gee - Sales Consultant

I’ve always wanted to be involved with organising trips and events of a lifetime for people. The job with ITC allows me to encompass my love of sport whilst helping people attend sporting events that they have always wanted to go to. My stand out travel moment so far is attending AC Milan vs Palma in Milan, it is so different to watching football here in the UK.

My favourite sporting event ever year is the Masters at Augusta. It symbolises the start of the golfing major calendar and is such an exclusive place. Every year it is held at Augusta and is certainly a bucket list destination for all keen golfers. For me it also symbolises the start of warmer weather and opportunities to play golf myself!

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Victoria Owens - Sales Consultant

I have always been interested in travel and was very lucky from a young age to travel to some amazing places all over the world with my parents. I have now worked within the travel industry for 9 years, after completing an HND in Travel and Tourism.

I’m a huge fan of Dubai, it is such a diverse destination with fantastic restaurants and nightlife. Another of my favourite places to visit is the beautiful island of Mauritius, where I recently spent three relaxing weeks on my honeymoon.

I have enjoyed several golfing events including the Mauritius Open and the British Masters, however my favourite sporting day out is a glamorous day at the races at Aintree or Chester, with good company and a glass of champagne!

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Georgine Roberts - Sports Product Executive

I have worked for ITC for 20 years and was very excited to join the Sports Team 8 years ago. It was quite a change of direction as I’d been used to working with clients who were departing on a daily basis; now much of the work is ‘behind the scenes’, building the tour until it is ready to depart and then it is a case of ‘all hands on deck’ to ensure our tours run smoothly from start to finish.

I have been lucky enough to attend a Rugby League World Cup match between New Zealand and Samoa, and was thrilled to see a very rare and famous double Haka before the game!

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Jennie Carter - Sports Product Executive

I have worked at ITC for 8 years, and within the ITC Sports/Horse Racing Abroad team for 7 years. Moving to Sports was the best move I made, as it combines my love of travel and sporting events. I have always enjoyed travel (who doesn’t!) and prior to working at ITC, I studied Tourism Management at the University of Chester. I have been lucky enough to travel the world and watch some great sporting events, my favourite being the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Every year we take 100's of clients over to Paris for this world famous race – which really puts our organisational skills to the test! I was also lucky enough to have visited Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup in 2016. I would wholeheartedly recommend a trip to the Breeders' Cup, it's a fantastic experience. In my spare time I enjoy watching Rugby League and can often be found supporting my local team - the North Wales Crusaders.

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Nicola Suggitt - Sports Product Executive

I joined ITC after studying the travel industry at both college and university for numerous years. Part of my degree involved studying sporting events which is a particular interest of mine. The opportunity to be part of the Sports team here at ITC has allowed me to combine these interests into my current role.

I enjoy a trip to the races, my favorite being York as this was my local course before moving to Chester. A horse racing highlight for me was the opportunity to visit Paris for the Qatar Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe. It is definitely a must do trip for all racing enthusiasts.

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