doxbridge

'15 GREAT YEARS 2000-2014'

2014 Tour Dates

  • Monday 7th - Friday 11th April 2014

Doxbridge is the inter-collegiate tournament for those who love their sport. College teams from Durham, Oxford, Cambridge and York take the annual Easter challenge to battle it out in Dublin for the famous Doxbridge trophies. From the superb facilities to the international class officials, everything about the sport at Doxbridge is first class! What's more, staying smack bang in the middle of Dublin means all the great pubs and clubs of the city are here on your doorstep too. The local 'craic' is legendary of course and you can sample 1,000 years of culture, food, drink, verse and song. Come and join the Party!

"Doxbridge is the fond term for the epic sports tournament that occurs over in Dublin at the beginning of every Spring holiday between the three universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. And when I say epic, I really do mean it: three days of competitive sport, competitive socialising and competitive madness sandwiched in between a day of travelling at either end. What more could one ask for?" Theresa Furnivall, Wadham College Oxford, netball

doxbridge HIGHLIGHTS

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"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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COACH TOUR

Monday 7th - Friday 11th April 2014
  • Hostel (self-catering)

    3 Night Package

    £188pp

    4 Night Package

    £209pp
  • Hostel (bed and breakfast)

    3 Night Package

    £197pp

    4 Night Package

    £221pp
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FLIGHT TOUR

Monday 7th - Friday 11th April 2014
  • Hostel (self-catering)

    3 Night Excl. Flight

    £149pp

    4 Night Excl. Flight

    £169pp
  • Hostel (bed and breakfast)

    3 Night Package Excl. Flight

    £197pp

    4 Night Package Excl. Flight

    £221pp
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GROUP LEADER BENEFITS

  • FREE VIP Card*
  • FREE Guinness Storehouse tour*
  • FREE Safety Guide and Safety Management System
  • FREE flexible online documentation & payment facility

* Based on 45+ paying persons in your tour group

FREE PLACES

The bigger the size of your group the more people travel FREE:

  • 1:20 FREE place ratio*

Each FREE place also qualifies for:

  • FREE welcome drink
  • FREE Guinness Storehouse tour

*21st person travels free

What's included

  • ACCOMMODATION 3 or 4 nights, Dublin city centre hostel in multi-bed rooms
  • BOARD self-catering and bed and breakfast packages available
  • TRAVEL door to door executive coach transportation or flight tour options
  • STAFF professional officials, paramedics and 24/7 Doxbridge rep team
  • NIGHTLIFE free entry to our featured clubs and bars
  • EXTRAS host of free places, drinks vouchers and special offers
  • DOWNLOADS Safety Management System, Safety Guide and so much more
  • SPORTS FESTIVAL 1-2 day events at quality venues in and around Dublin or
  • PARTY PACKAGE free Guinness excursion, 'Student Challenge' and more

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Add our specialist Sports Tour Insurance to your package for everyone in your group for just £11.00pp. Members can individually add insurance subsequently for £15pp.

Important Information

  1. All groups are additionally required to pay a security deposit of €20 per person payable in Euros on arrival at your accommodation in resort (which is refundable at check-out at the end of the tour, less any payments required by us to compensate our suppliers for damages caused by your group).
  2. There is a small per person fee for the use of the online payable by everyone in the group where the group leader chooses the online booking system option. The fee covers all payments made by debit card or credit card as well as access to downloads, payment tracking and internal messaging.
  3. We endeavour to ensure that all members of a group can travel together on coach, but this is not always operationally possible based on the numbers travelling in your party and the capacities and allocations of the coaches we contract.
  1. All groups of 25 or more persons travelling together by coach can be collected from your own nominated pick up point on mainland Britain.
  2. For all flight groups, airport transfers are included in your package from Dublin airport if you have a minimum number of 15 persons flying together on the same flight. A supplement will be applicable for groups arriving into and/or departing from any other airport and for groups smaller than 15 persons travelling together, should you wish us to reserve these for you. This condition is also applicable to coach there/fly back groups as well.
  3. For all flight groups, coach transfers from and to the Irish airport may be shared with other groups, depending on your group size, arrival time and departure.

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How to Book

  1. Call us to discuss, or email us with any questions
  2. Promote Doxbridge amongst your teams and colleagues
  3. Book online now to secure your places*
  4. Choose how to pay by selecting either traditional on online payments
  5. Pay your £60 per person deposits by Friday 22nd November to qualify for FREE Tour T-shirts
  6. Friday 6th December is the final deadline for individual deposits to guarantee your places.
  7. Your final balance payments and full passenger list are due no later than Friday 24th January 2014

*If you prefer not to book online, click here to download a booking form.

Key dates for your diary

  • NOW: Get the ball rolling and call us to arrange a meeting or discuss your tour plans.
  • AUGUST ONWARDS: Book online, make initial payment to activate your account and start promoting tour!
  • 22ND NOVEMBER: FREE T-shirts for all early bookings
  • 6TH DECEMBER: Individual deposits of £60 per person now due
  • 24TH JANUARY: Final balances due
  • APRIL: Set off on tour

"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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Sports

From superb facilities to international class officials, everything about the sport at Doxbridge is first class. All our venues have been inspected in advance for their suitability and meet our independent audit requirements.

VENUES INCLUDE:

  • the excellent AUL complex which is Dublin's premier football venue and home to the Irish National youth teams
  • hockey on the splendid water-based fields at Three Rock Rovers hockey
  • a selection of superb facilities at University College Dublin
  • the De La Salle Palmerston RFC complex for rugby

Professional tournament staff, on-site first-aid support and management experience make for safe and enjoyable tournament events, whatever your ability on and off the field. Challenge for the Doxbridge trophies and you'll really have something to shout about!

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PREFER NOT TO TAKE PART IN THE SPORTS BUT STILL WANT A GOOD TIME?

  • Discounted bowling and karting
  • FREE Guinness Storehouse Excursion / Pro Stadium Tours
Sport at doxbridge

Sports Categories

Football

  Team Min. Squad Size
Football, Men's (5-a-side) 5 v 5 6
Football, Women's (5-a-side) 5 v 5 6
Football, Men's 11 v 11 12
Football, Women's 11 v 11 12

Hockey

  Team Min. Squad Size
Hockey, Men's 11 v 11 12
Hockey, Women's 11 v 11 12
Hockey, Mixed 11 v 11 12

Netball

  Team Min. Squad Size
Netball, Women's 7 v 7 8

Rugby

  Team Min. Squad Size
Rugby Union, Men's (10-a-side) 10 v 10 10
Rugby Union, Women's (7-a-side) 7 v 7 8

Basketball

  Team Min. Squad Size
Basketball, Men's 5 v 5 6
Basketball, Women's 5 v 5 6

Lacrosse

  Team Min. Squad Size
Lacrosse, Mixed 12 v 12 12

"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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Destination

Take the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin and you'll be across the Irish Sea in a little over 3 hours and arrive fresh and ready to party! All the Doxbridge accommodation is smack bang in the middle of Dublin, all the great pubs and clubs of the city are here on your doorstep. The local 'craic' is legendary of course so you'll be charmed by the local hospitality. Here you can sample 1,000 years of culture, food, drink, verse and song in Ireland's capital city. The sports facilities are awesome as you'd expect with a strong local tradition in rugby and a passion for sporting competition. The splendid UCD sports complex hosts some of sports events, whilst the football tournament is played at the home of the Irish National youth teams on the immaculate grass pitches of the AUL (Athletic Union League). Dublin's a fantastic festival city with a wonderful student appeal - and its right here across the water.

Entertainment

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The nightlife here is legendary. Our exclusive party nights are based at some of the very best venues in town and in recent years have included The Purty Kitchen, Andrews Lane Theatre, The Good Bits and Play! Your Doxbridge wristband ensures not only free nightclub entries of course, but fantastic deals on drinks as well.

We always negotiate the very best prices for our student teams - and you won't be disappointed! Away from the club there are plenty of pubs to choose from in and around Temple Bar and lots of restaurants too whether its fast food or a la carte you're after!

accommodation

You'll be staying in the heart of downtown Dublin in one of the student-friendly hostels. They are all within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Most of these are contracted by us on an exclusivity basis each year so that everyone staying with you will should be in the same party mode as well. The rooms are simple but comfortable, with typically 2-10 persons sharing a

small dorm. A packed breakfast can be provided in the morning and there are plenty of good restaurants and shops nearby for provisions. Wherever you stay, as everything is close at hand, you'll never have too far to stagger back from the bars at the end of the evening.

Excursions

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As a busy capital city, Dublin has everything from the cinema to theatre, golf to bowling, darts to dance. There's history and culture in abundance. If you fancy making a reservation with your team, then here are some ideas:

Guinness Storehouse

The leading visitor attraction in Ireland, the core of the Guinness Storehouse building is modelled on a giant pint glass, stretching up from reception on the ground floor to The Gravity Bar in the sky. If filled, this giant pint would hold approximately 14.3 million pints of Guinness. Well, that's something to think about as you enjoy a drink and a panoramic view of the city.

Hard Rock Café

Enjoy a great evening out at the famous Hard Rock Cafe. A student-friendly meal awaits at this popular restaurant in the Temple Bar area of the city. The renowned atmosphere and selection of memorabilia from Bono, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna will make this the perfect prelude to a night on the town!

Reps

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Our excellent team of reps will do everything they can to ensure you have a wonderful time on tour. In addition to our team of professional sports tournaments organisers and officials, our social and welfare reps in resort will be on hand in the hostels, bars and clubs.

All our reps are trained and paid, so you can rest assured that they are not just here for a holiday. As many of them return year after year, we know that your tour is in very good hands indeed!

"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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Tour Itinerary

Monday 7th April

We're off! Bags packed and ready to go, so it's time for the coach journey to the port and ferry crossing (3 and a bit hours in the bar is always a good start) across the Irish Sea to Dublin. You've a short transfer - only about 25 minutes - into downtown Dublin ready to check into your hostel accommodation in the heart of the city. There are plenty of restaurants nearby and shops too if you're looking for provisions. Time to get dressed up and head out to the Doxbridge Welcome Party at one of our featured hotpots in the city!

Tuesday 8th April

Grab a packed breakfast from the hostel before heading out around the corner to take a short transfer to the local sports venue in the city. All of the venues are just a short drive from the centre so you'll soon be appreciating that this is one of the great advantages of the Doxbridge experience! The first day of competition gets under way at some of Dublin's finest sports facilities and our team of experienced officials will ensure the smooth running of all the events. For our 'Party Package' groups, there's loads of fun to enjoy in the city or a selection of leisure activities on offer. By the evening, it will be time to head to another of our featured nightclubs in the heart of Temple Bar - for more Doxbridge banter with the rest of the gang!

Wednesday 9th April

The sports tournaments and games continue. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse is a great way to pass some free time and you can learn how they make the black stuff before sampling some yourself of course! If you're looking for somewhere to eat, then there are special student package menus available at the Hard Rock Café and other selected venues in town. Just ask us to point you in the right direction. It's Doxbridge presentation night so there will be plenty of trophies up for grabs! Enjoy your last night out on the town.

Thursday 10th April

For those of you on the 3 night stay it is time to pack up and leave, but for those of you opting for the longer trip then there will still be some free time to experience the sights and sounds of the city as Dublin is a city packed with history, culture, literature and pubs of course. As there are over 1,000 pubs in the city, there's absolutely no excuse for not enjoying the local 'craic' and sampling all the great things this vibrant city has to offer. The themed party action tonight will without doubt once again create an awesome atmosphere that everyone just seems to love year after year.

Friday 11th April

For those of you taking advantage of the NEW 4 DAY package it's a nice early start so you'll need to pack your bags and check out with a hangover. Still, there's no 24 hour coach journey to endure, so after your return ferry back across the water, you'll soon be back home once again with memories to last a lifetime.

"I have just returned from Doxbridge and it was a fantastic week with everything running smoothly. So thank you very much!" - Conor, St Hild & St Bede Men's Hockey

"On behalf of myself and my team, I would like to thank you for a fantastic Doxbridge experience" - Rob, Josephine Butler College Durham Men's Football

"Just to say a big thank you from everyone at St Catharine's in Cambridge for Doxbridge. It all went brilliantly and of course we'll be back in years to come" - Chris, St Catharine's College Cambridge Hockey

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