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About Us

Red Lion Football is a Elite International football touring company run by footballers for footballers. We’ve been in the football industry in one form or another for more than 25 years and in that time we have established unrivalled contacts throughout the world. We can tailor tours to suit your needs and budget, from Europe, Asia, Oceania and America. We specialise in giving young players a taste of life as a professional through training sessions at the top academies, playing against professional academy opposition and attending the best games in the best leagues. However, we can build tours to meet any needs, from teenagers to veterans to non-playing football fans.

Why Choose Us?

  • 10 years of experience in delivering tours to some of the worlds greatest sporting destinations.
  • Over 25 tours booked in for 2016 & over 30 Tours booked for 2017 to date.
  • Safety is paramount, with all of our tours protected under the ATOL & TTA schemes. All staff possess valid DBS Disclosure certification & we have the ability to offer exclusive Locuro tracking on all tours.
  • Exclusive access to first team training facilities at many of the biggest clubs in Europe.
  • Trusted suppliers – Covering our accommodation & transport requirements.
  • And most importantly the most experienced, passionate & highly qualified staff to ensure we go above and beyond all expectations.

Safety?

Safety of the touring party, in our eyes, is paramount to the tour, so we have put several procedures in place to ensure that both the parents and the children do not feel their safety is threatened throughout the tour.

  • Hotel & Coach Company
    All hotels & coach companies adhere to strict safety standards and are audited to maintain their high levels. Risk assessments are carried out on such things as fire hazards, windows, balconies, bathrooms and evacuation plans plus coach safety guidelines on driver hours, seat belts and carbon monoxide levels etc.
  • Crisis Management
    In the unlikely event that someone gets injured, there’s an accident or even a crisis, we have procedures in place, and our staff are trained to deal with any emergency. As part of this process, we have a duty manager on call 24/7 whilst a tour is taking place, so that if anything were to happen we have someone able to respond immediately, who can then contact the parents of the children back home.
  • First Aid
    All of our Tour Representatives are first aid trained, and we make sure that there is someone at the games who can deal with any injuries.

Managing Director: Graham Ross

Graham is the Managing Director of Red Lion Football and is a former professional footballer & successful coach who has been involved in the game at the highest level for more than 25 years. For much of that time he has run a successful kit business, supplying playing and training gear to football clubs around Australia with brands such as Nike, Adidas & Puma. Since starting Red Lion Football tours in 2007, Graham has built up an impressive network of clubs in the UK and Europe and now with our partners in Europe have an extensive list of some of the largest clubs in World Football for exclusive access sessions and seminars.Graham controls all UK and European tours from start to finish.

Contact Graham: Email: graham@redlionfootball.com.au or Mobile: 0423 832 625

Managing Director: Mark Acaster

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Mark is a Director of the company and has been involved in football for more than two decades. He controls the financial side of Red Lion Football. Mark has attended many Red Lion Football tours, giving him an extensive knowledge of how our tours run. Mark also controls Red Lion Agencies, the football kit and equipment supply business he founded with Graham. Red Lion Agencies is a distributor for a number of high-profile football brands including Nike, Adidas, Puma & New Balance. They supply all the tour clothing for our tours.

Mark will build a payment plan for your tour to make it financially achievable.

Contact Mark: Email: mark@redlionfootball.com.au or Mobile: 0411 193 466

Teamwear Manager: Alan McFarlane

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Like Graham, Alan is a former footballer. Along with his football knowledge, Alan brings more than 20 years of experience in the tour industry to Red Lion Football. Before joining the company, Alan managed a tour company on the Gold Coast. At Red Lion Football, Alan controls all inbound Australian tours as well as the tour clothing division.

Alan can build a full tour clothing package for your group with brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma & more all to suit your budget.

Contact Alan: Email: alan@redlionfootball.com.au or Mobile: 0430 208 170

Managing Director Japan: Kanta Yamaguchi

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Kanta is the managing Director of Red Lion Football tours Asian division. Another ex player Kanta uses knowledge of football in Japan and his extensive network to achieve well rounded Football & Cultural tours for Red Lion clients traveling to Japan.

Contact Kanta: Email: kanta@redlionfootball.com.au or Mobile: 0413 299 505

Football Director Japan: Taro Urabe

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Taro is an ex professional Japanese player who has also played in Australia so he has a good understanding of both markets.

At Red Lion Taro is part of our Japan team, customizing and organizing tours into the Asian football superpower. Taro’s extensive network at J-League clubs gives Red Lion exclusive access for elite sessions, live games, stadium tours plus friendly games.

Nothing is too much trouble for Taro and his team.

Contact Taro: Email: taro@redlionfootball.com.au or  M: 0412 768 466

Travel Coordinator: James Hermiston (Travel Managers)

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James is also a former player. He is a fully licensed travel agent and handles all our International flights, travel insurance and any extra travel requirements before or after our tours including accommodation, internal flights, car hire and so on. James has an extensive knowledge of the UK and Europe having worked in the travel industry in London for many years. He now heads our Red Lion Football travel department in Australia for all tours World wide.

Contact James: Email: jamesh@travelmanagers.com.au or Mobile: 0422 981 643

Marketing & Media Manager: Tom Ross

Tom works part time for Red Lion whilst completing his degree in Business Majoring in Marketing.

Tom controls all multimedia for both Red Lion Tours & our clothing business. When our tours are overseas Tom will update our pages with up to date photos from each days activities to keep Parents informed.

Tom is an accomplished player who plays senior football within the Brisbane QPL competition and has been a member of the QAS/Roar youth programs and was selected as a train on member of the young Socceroos.

Tom has been on our international tours and understands the day to day workings of a tour and can assist our clients with his knowledge.