Tournament Overview

Welcome to one of the most esteemed youth rugby festivals in Europe, the Hilversum International Youth Rugby Festival!

Set in the charming city of Hilversum in the Netherlands, this one-day event has been a highlight on the junior rugby calendar for over 25 years, attracting more than 75 youth teams from across Europe.

Hilversum FC boasts top-quality pitches, as well as a central village area that provides great entertainment, food and drink facilities – the perfect base!

At the heart of this festival is a deep appreciation for the professionalism and tradition of rugby. The festival embodies the sport’s strong values, with an emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and the challenge of competition! It’s a vibrant and immersive celebration of everything rugby stands for!

With the motto ‘a little more rugby!” guiding the event, the festival promises an unforgettable experience!

Fri 18th – Mon 21st April 2025

Packages from


Price based on:

42 people travelling, 4 days / 3 nights, Friday 18th to Monday 21st April 2025 (Easter Weekend)
3 nights’ accommodation at Center Parcs Zandvoort (Self-catered)
Return coach and ferry travel via Dover/Calais
Hilversum Festival entry for one team

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Well-established festival on Easter Sunday

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Under 8 to Under 17 Festival

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Choice of holiday parks

Awards night and trophies

Post-festival awards for each age group


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European Age Groups

U8 to U17 Boys (League Format under IRB Rules)


What to Expect

Day 1:

Morning: Meet at your rugby club where your coach driver will collect you and drive you to Dover for the ferry crossing to Calais.
Afternoon: You’ll drive through France and Belgium to Holland, before arriving at Center Parcs in the late afternoon for check-in.
Evening: Enjoy a meal at the holiday park together and get some rest before the weekend!

Day 2:

Morning & Afternoon: Free time to enjoy Center Parcs resort activities
Evening: Enjoy dinner at the holiday park and prepare for your day of rugby tomorrow.


Day 3:

Morning: Wake up, eat a good breakfast and head across to Hilversum RC for the rugby festival.
The parents can enjoy the onsite catering facilities and the bar in between matches, while the team will play against teams from across Europe.
Afternoon: Enjoy the post-match awards and hospitality before heading back to your holiday park.
Evening: Many teams enjoy a group meal or BBQ to celebrate the weekend!

Day 4:

Morning: You’ll be checking out of your accommodation at 10AM before meeting your coach driver and heading off.
Afternoon: Board the ferry at Calais and head back across the channel.
Evening: Arrive back at your club.


You’re in safe hands!

We work within the rules set out by the applicable sporting governing bodies to ensure we get things just right. What’s more, you can rest easy knowing that our ABTOT bond, ATOL license and ABTA membership mean your money is well protected.

What’s included in your package

  • Dedicated Tour Coordinator
  • Access to Customer Portal to manage booking and payments
  • Currency surcharge guarantee
  • 24 Hour access to our staff whilst on tour
Why not treat yourself to an upgrade?

Want to make your time away more special? Whatever your thoughts are start talking to us and we’ll do everything we can to help.

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Meininger Hotel City West

location icon Orlyplein 1 – 67, 1043 DR Amsterdam, Netherlands

Comfortable, modern hotel near to Sloterdijk station, just 1 train stop to Central Station

  • Continental breakfast
  • Choose from Twin/Double, Quad or Dorms
  • Bar with games, Lounge and Guest Kitchen
  • Free WiFi

Center Parcs De Eemhof

location icon Slingerweg 1, 3896 LD Zeewolde, Netherlands

5* Center Parcs De Eemhof is 45-minutes East of Amsterdam in the biggest forest in Western Europe.

  • Self-catered Cottage accommodation sleeping 4 to 8 people
  • Twin bedrooms, lounge/diner, kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave and hob, bathroom and WC
  • Private patio area with garden furniture
  • Subtropical Swimming Paradise
  • Village with shops, bars and restaurants
  • Fantastic activities onsite


We’ve got you covered!

For your financial security, you must have insurance when travelling with us, whether it be your own or the insurance we provide through Aviva. We highly recommend our insurance because it’s tailored specifically for sports groups and offers cover for Covid related cancellation and curtailment.

Things to do

When you’re not playing in the festival, there’s so much to see and do in the surrounding area.


  • Walibi World Theme Park
  • Amsterdam City Tour
  • Amsterdam Canal Cruise

Looking for something
special? Let us build your perfect rugby tour.

Don’t fancy a festival but want to get away as a team? We’ve got you covered! From friendly fixtures to exciting excursions, we’ll offer an unforgettable experience for the whole team.


  • Why should our club book with Sports Tours?

    We are one of the leading specialist Sports Tour Operators in the United Kingdom and Europe and have been organising tours for over 31 years. We have a real passion for sport, and this combined with a philosophy based on the commitment to provide the very best sports tours and festivals, both at home in the UK and overseas.

  • Are your tours financially protected?

    Absolutely! Sports Tours LTD is a fully bonded member of ABTA, the Association of British Travel Agents so you can be sure that the finances for your trip are in safe hands. By booking a package trip with Sports Tours your trip is automatically bonded by ABTA and protected by the ABTA Financial Protection Scheme.