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Gareth Howells

Burleigh Travel Sports Tour Co-ordinator

Gareth Howells

Gareth Howells Profile


After gaining a degree in Politics and English at sport mad Loughborough University, Gareth decided that a career in sports travel was an ideal fit. An interest in many sports as well as experiences in organising and volunteering at sporting events backed this up. Joining the company in 2014 a year after finishing University, Gareth is excited by the prospect of organising tours for a variety of teams while creating some great memories along the way.

Gareth was a keen runner for Severn Athletic Club in his teens and represented Gloucestershire in Cross Country at the U/20 Inter-Counties Championships. Also a keen rugby player he has played for Gloucester club Longlevens since he was six, as well as watching Gloucester and Wales whenever he can. Aside from this Gareth enjoys playing golf and cycling in the summer months.

The summer of 2012 saw Gareth as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. As a member of the track team he was on track for many packed nights at the Olympic Stadium. ‘Working’ here for two weeks made Gareth realise he wanted to be involved in sport in his career as well as the rest of his life. 

Favourite Sports Tour Destination

“Edinburgh is by far my favourite destination for a tour, mainly due to the great memories I’ve had there. I first travelled there with Longlevens Rugby Club U/14s to watch the 2005 Heineken Cup Final and have since been back for three Scotland v Wales 6 Nations fixtures. I love the atmosphere in Murrayfield and the city’s great pubs.”

Most Memorable Sports Tour Experience

“Cycling the first stage of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire was one of the hardest yet brilliant experiences I have had. I took on the challenge the day before the riders and the 120 mile circuit was a gruelling challenge. Spending the next few days watching the racing was far more relaxing and the atmosphere in Yorkshire was fantastic!"

Gareth representing is Halls XV at Loughborough Uni

Gareth representing his Halls XV at Loughborough University

Gareth in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Gareth on Holiday in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Fact File:

Nickname:  Gaz

Favourite Sport (s):  Rugby Union, Golf, Athletics & Cycling

Best Achievement:  Running my 5K personal best of 16.36 and being selected as a London 2012 Games Maker

Favourite Sports Team:  Wales Rugby Union

Favourite Sports Personality:  Gareth Edwards

Countries Visited:  USA, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland

Random Fact: I put out Oscar Pistorious’ starting blocks in his last race at London 2012


Gareth's Burleigh Travel Inside Line:
Take every chance you get in your sporting life, the memories will be the best

Burleigh Travel Highlights


  • The football was fantastic – we played all 15 fixtures, winning 11, drawing two and losing two. Referees, hosts and facilities were great and your planning and paperwork was absolutely outstanding

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