“Statistically today is the biggest day of the tour”
“To select one highlight of the Seartec Rugby World Cup trip would do it an injustice”….the overriding consensus of each of the 24 invited guests and staff who had the privilege of spending 5 days together on a tour to Edinburgh and Newcastle to support the Boks on their RWC campaign.
Seartec rates relationships. Above all. The most powerful thing to come out of this business incentive trip was the friendships. A mix of 24 diverse, energetic movers & shakers was sure to make for an exciting combination but no-one expected the genuine close bond that was immediately formed and which had a major impact on all.
Four nights. An easy pace and slow build up to the big night at St James’ Park, Newcastle one would imagine. Wrong. The celebration started out at once and remained in top gear throughout the trip!
Two days in Edinburgh sealed the friendships! With a trip to Edinburgh Castle, a whiskey appreciation tour, exploring and touring made for a great start. Fabulous little pubs and some bigger ‘fan parks’ ensured that we were well in tune with the RWC thrills and spills.
On to Newcastle a day before the deciding SA vs Scotland Test Match. We boarded the (dry!) train with all the Scot supporters from Edinburgh and it was not long before we found ourselves joining thousands of SA supporters to cheer on our national side in Newcastle. What a city! No rest for the wicked there!
Making our way up to St James’ Park was an experience to behold and every SA supporter waved and called out. Brothers in arms! Similarly the amount of good cheer from the Scot supporters, dressed up in their kilts and tartans made for great banter and the sound of bagpipes added to the occasion. The stadium, built on an old gallows site, was imposing and beautiful. Filled to the rafters with just over 50 000 singing supporters ensured that the renditions of both anthems were all moving and powerful.
A victorious win sealed the emotions for the day. Great rugby and post rugby celebrations brought the trip to a close and it was 24 tired but happy campers who made their way back home via a short layover in Paris. A tremendous group of people who made the Seartec/Sharp 2015 RWC one incredible experience never to be forgotten. In short and on reflection…”lives changed” forever.
– Sue Anderson, PR Manager