About Expat Sport

Created in 2009, Expat Sport has rapidly expanded to become the leading specialist sports tourism company in the GCC.

Our commitment to excellent personal service has led to the creation of three core areas of business:

Bringing sports tours into Dubai

Expat Sport is the first choice in sports tours and training camps to the UAE. We host school clubs, academies and professional teams from around the world in cricket, rugby, football, netball and many other disciplines.

Through in-depth knowledge of the local sporting teams we arrange tournaments and fixtures against the right level of opposition. We also run winter training camps for professional and amateur teams, working closely with both tour operators and direct with teams to create the perfect trip.

Access to sporting events in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and beyond

We provide full travel packages, tickets and hospitality to all Dubai and Abu Dhabi-based sporting events, with exclusive VIP areas and introductions to sporting icons also available. We also create tailored travel for global sporting events including the Hong Kong Sevens and British and Irish Lions Tours.

ICC Academy Partnerships

We are the ICC Academy’s official commercial partners, helping brands reach new audiences with a range of tailored packages.

As official travel supplier to the ICC Academy we organise its official cricket tours, training camps and tournaments.

For further information download one of our brochures:

Team Tours
Sporting Events
ICC Academy Partnerships

Meet our Team

Meet our Team

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ALAN HOLT

MANAGING DIRECTOR
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DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
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PAUL MCSORLEY

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
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JOHN MCEWAN

CHAIRMAN
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Andrea Monks

OPERATIONS MANAGER
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James Walters

TOURS MANAGER
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Mayka Verdan

BUSINESS SUPPORT EXECUTIVE
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SUSAN HAMILTON

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ALAN HOLT

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Alan has dedicated his entire working life to the travel industry, having started as a 16-year-old trainee at Thomas Cook, before moving on at 24 to set up an independent travel agency and golf tour operator.

Alan moved with his family to Dubai in 2007 and set up Expat Sport, bringing together his passions: travel and sport. Today Expat Sport is one of the most respected and trusted sports tourism companies in the Middle East.
  
Most memorable sporting achievement: Completing the London Marathon is my most satisfying sporting achievement, but my most favourite sporting memory is scoring the winning goal for my Sunday league team with a half volley from close to the half way line. Sadly, no footage (proof) is available!  

Most memorable sporting event:  My fellow director Steve has already claimed the 2002 World Cup (we travelled together) so it has to be with the Lions tour of South Africa. This was my introduction to rugby - when I fell in love with the game.

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DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Steve spent 15 years running Bena Travel, specialising in golfing holidays. He grew the Bena Travel brand and arranged many golf tournaments across Europe including the Jimmy Tarbuck and Frank Carson classics.  Bena Travel was sold to Owners Abroad and Steve then became Managing Director of First Choice - one of the leading travel companies in the UK.

Steve is passionate about football and it has played a major part in his life. In 1983, he became the Football League's youngest director on appointment to the board of Peterborough United. Three years later he became the team's Chairman.

Most impressive sporting achievement: Winning the obstacle race in the last year of infant school!

Most memorable sporting event attended: The FIFA World Cup in Japan in 2002 - I attended with fellow director Alan. Particularly the England victory against Argentina in Sapporo. Fantastic atmosphere and great result.

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PAUL MCSORLEY

FINANCIAL DIRECTOR

Paul is a board director and vice chairman of Lindum Group, a UK construction company with a £100m turnover. He was fundamental in establishing Lindum as the top- rated construction employer (Sunday Times Top 100).

Paul is involved in several Public Private Sector Partnerships, delivering commercial schemes with a social and community emphasis. 

Once a county under-19s footballer, Paul still plays today aged 50. Having qualified at Loughborough University he spent 2 years coaching in the USA .

Greatest sporting achievement: Cycling from London to Cannes, covering over 150 miles each day

Most memorable sporting event attended: The Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament. You can get so close to the players and feel the tension, it makes you feel part of the event. I was also lucky enough to meet some of them.

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JOHN MCEWAN

CHAIRMAN

John has had a lifetime career in travel. Starting as a trainee with Thomas Cook, he became Managing Director, UK at  36. He then went on to become MD of the international business, covering 54 countries, and introduced the famous strapline “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it”. In 2000 John moved to become the MD of Lunn Poly and subsequently Retail Director of TUI UK.

In 2009 John was elected chairman of ABTA  and in the same year was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Later inducted into the Travel & Hospitality Industry Hall of Fame, he received an outstanding achievement award in 2012.

Greatest sporting achievement: Playing football to semi-professional level in the North West counties league

Most memorable sporting event attended: The 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta - getting to see the great Michael Jordan win gold in both the 100 and 200 metres.

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Andrea Monks

OPERATIONS MANAGER
During her early career Andrea worked for the family sports tour operating business, handling group reservations and escorting rugby team and supporter tours abroad.

With other roles in the travel industry this set her in good stead for her role at Expat Sport.

Having lived in Dubai for over 10 years, Andrea is heavily involved with all the schools and clubs, including managing one of the local rugby club teams for 4 years.

Greatest sporting achievement:
 Being invited to play for Lancashire at Netball

Most memorable sporting event you have attended: Has to be the Hong Kong Sevens. Even though all my trips have been escorting our clients, I still manage to have a great time!
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James Walters

TOURS MANAGER

James has over 20 years’ experience in travel, starting his career with Airmiles in the UK running the VIP/Groups/Incentive Travel Team.  

After 3 years travelling the world, James was part of a 5-man team that started the UK Bed Bank and helped grow trade sales from zero to £20M.

James moved to Dubai in 2007 and joined Expat Sport in 2010. He works with our global network of tour operators and partners, understanding their client’s requirements and ensuring their teams visiting Dubai have the experience of a lifetime.  

Greatest sporting achievement: As a keen sportsman James can boast a few achievements but a hole in one on the Par 3 13th at the Address Montgomerie Dubai is the one he talks about the most.

Most memorable sporting event attended: The 2015 ICC World Twenty20 final in Kolkata…..THAT last over! when Carlos Brathwaite hit 4 sixes in the final over off Ben Stokes, Eden Gardens erupted! Although gutted England lost, the atmosphere was absolutely electric and he then had the pleasure of sitting next to Bumble on the flight home!

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Mayka Verdan

BUSINESS SUPPORT EXECUTIVE

Mayka is an experienced business executive with a demonstrated history of working in different industries. She is responsible for the company’s daily financial, administrative, personnel and database management. Mayka is also the primary contact for visa applications and assists our operations team to host sports dinners, events and visiting sports teams.  

Greatest sporting achievement:  Mayka admits to not knowing much about sport before joining the Expat Sport team, but Mayka was quite a serious ballet dancer in her youth!

Most memorable sporting event attended: My favourite sporting event is the first one I ever attended and that is the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens. To experience such a diverse event and look after such passionate clients  was unforgettable. I also learnt that when somebody scores it is called a try! I look forward to returning to the Dubai Sevens every year and hope to attend the Hong Kong Sevens one day.

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SUSAN HAMILTON

RESERVATIONS
Sue brings an extensive background in the travel industry to the team, having gained exceptional experience in retail and business travel spanning over nearly 4 decades. Sue has worked for some of the biggest travel companies in the UK, including Thomas Cook and TUI, giving her a great depth of experience that enables her to handle any situation

Greatest sporting achievement: I prefer watching sport rather than participating!

Most memorable sporting event attended: A baseball match for St. Louis Cardinals – you just have to go to a sports event when you are in the US!
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REBECCA MOLD

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Rebecca started off in the Travel Industry in 2010, working one day a week at Expat Sports UK sister company TravelandMore Ltd, whilst studying at college, where she received a Double Distinction National certificate in Travel and Tourism. 

After finishing her studies, Rebecca joined TravelandMore on a full-time basis, where she help grow the leisure and business travel departments. Rebecca then extended her role within the business and began working on the companies sport related products, eventually moving over to Expat Sport full-time.

 Joining the Expat Sport team in March 2016, Rebecca is responsible for assisting with the reservations for the Dubai Rugby Sevens Teams, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Dubai World Cup and all other spectator sporting events taking place in Dubai. Rebecca works with UK tour operators and develops products tailored to their needs, liaising with our team in Dubai to contract accommodation and help with ground logistics.

What is your greatest sporting achievement: Winning the school netball tournaments when I was between the age of 11-16years – being a Goal Shooter or Goal Attack was an important role to fulfil!

What is the most memorable sporting event you have attended: not sure if this counts but the 10k Race for Life in 2012 at Burghley Park– Although I didn't participate, the atmosphere was amazing! So many people running of all ages to raise money for a great cause, Cancer Research
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Official sporting bodies we represent

ICC Academy
Cathay Pacific
Formula 1
Dubai Rugby 7s
Dubai World Cup
Lions