We are a family run company dedicated to providing a high quality of service and attention to detail. To the best of our knowledge we are the only company in the UK who provide complete tailor made tours for sports supporters.
Debbie Pallant and Judith Sweeting have worked together since 1997 and have built strong relationships with regular clients who who return to us every year and are constantly recommending us to new clients, endorsing the service that we provide.
Australia and New Zealand are our passion and where it all begun. Over the years this has increased as regular clients have requested that we look after their travel arrangements for both business and pleasure so we have extended our knowledge to other destinations.
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Far East, India, Sri Lanka, Caribbean, USA, Canada and South America. We are happy creating itineraries to suit all tastes and budgets. Not only have we travelled extensively to these destinations we are supported by very good network of specially selected ground handlers will look after you during your travels if required.
We also use all major scheduled airlines and offer all standards of travel with some airlines offering Business Class and First Class passengers courtesy airport limousine transfers both in the UK and abroad.
We are tourist board endorsed Australia and New Zealand specialists.
I spent the first 10 years of my career in retail travel, before taking a year long sabbatical to travel the world (which ended up being 2 years!). On my return to the UK I worked for an Australian tour operator who were just starting to operate cricket and rugby tours. My then boyfriend Paul was coaching cricket in South Africa and upon his return we soon married. I was lucky to be a tour leader for our cricket tours and my husband would often accompany me. After 13 years, in 2007 I left to start Sports Tours Plus with Paul working along side me in our accounts department.
I have always enjoyed sport and have been a life long supporter of Norwich City. Since having cricket thrust upon me on both the home and work fronts I have grown to love watching cricket too. My other interests include distance running and gardening.
I initially trained as a draughtsman before moving into Purchasing and Production Management, but in 2007 we decided to set up our own company and Sports Tours Plus was born. I look after the finance and marketing of the company and because, according to Debbie, I’m not allowed to get involved with sales, I always seem to be sent out as tour leader on our cricket tours! I have always played sport, mainly football, golf and cricket. To this day I still play club cricket but have cut it back to every Saturday and Sunday during the season, and on Wednesdays for Suffolk Over 50’s! I am also a qualified cricket coach, and spent some time in South Africa where I played/coached for a season. I guess this was the start of my love of cricket combined with travel during our winter months. I would like to play more cricket, and golf, but unfortunately I do have to work. My other hobbies are gardening and I’m also partial to a glass or two of red wine.
I started my career in teaching but decided to join British Airways as Cabin Crew for a year just to travel the world before settling down but 8 years later I was still with them and this is where my love of travel first started. Since then I have travelled extensively all over the world and experienced work in many different aspects across the travel industry all of which stood me in good stead for my present position with Sports Tours Plus.
I am happily married with 2 daughters who have now both left home and are themselves married, so now we should have the time to resume our travels and with one of them living in the USA we have a whole new continent to explore.
I won’t lie and say I love keeping fit, running and going to the gym etc, but I do love a good meal accompanied by a very nice bottle of red wine!
I started my career in Golf Coaching, turning professional at the age of 17, I spent a few years working and playing at numerous golf facilities before moving my career more towards cricket. I have always had a keen interest in all sport especially cricket which led me to start a handmade cricket bat business in 2016 that is developing every day. I enjoy playing my club cricket at Lakenheath with Paul. I started working for the Sports Tours Plus team in 2017, I have been very lucky in my youth to visit many countries with my family on holiday, getting the opportune to watch England a few times at my favourite overseas ground of Newlands in Cape Town.