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LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CRICKET GAME TOURS

Worldwide tours designed for the cricket tragic.

TOURS ARE DESIGNED AND IMPLEMENTED BY THE LEGEND OF AUSTRALIAN CRICKET HISTORY, ROBERT 'SWAN' RICHARDS.

THE BENEFITS
Swan Richard’s cricket contacts are extraordinary and far reaching, ensuring a group’s cricket travel experience will be unique and the perfect accompaniment to the passion of a cricket “tragic”.
STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY
We offer advanced technology and are able to monitor a group wherever they are around the world, and can also provide tour leaders with notification of any travel and safety alerts while on tour.
SCHOOL GROUP SPECIALISTS
Swan Richard’s engagement with the sport of cricket and travel makes us the ideal choice for designing a specialist group or school overseas tour.
MAKE HISTORY COME ALIVE

Creating life-long experiences and friendships.

On the ground experiences, organised by a world-recognised expert, allows cricket history to come to life. Tour participants are able to visualise, experience and discuss the intricacies of the game.

Visiting locations around the world of historical cricket significance enables tour “cricket tragics” and school groups the opportunity of visualising events that have helped shape the modern day game of cricket.

Watching the magic of a test match from the couch in your home or even playing on the school grounds limits the senses. However, the game and its history come alive when you are immersed in the location while travelling on a tour organised by Swan Richards and his encyclopaedic knowledge of cricket.

Travelling on a Swan Richards tour and immersing oneself into an on- the-ground cultural experience is invaluable in the understanding of the intricate nature of a sport that, uniquely, can take up to five days to reach a result.

Participants on a Swan Richards designed cricket tour invariably come away from the experience with lifelong memories and new friendships with likeminded people who have also fallen for the sublime magic of the sport of cricket.

ROBERT ‘SWAN’ RICHARDS (OAM)

The man behind the cricket legend.

The media tagged former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as a “cricket tragic”, but there is an aficionado of the game that more typifies the descriptor and his name is Robert ‘Swan’ Richards.

Swan’s credentials are impressive. With David Richards and Ray Steele, Swan set up the travelling cricket team called The Crusaders.

It is this body that typifies Swan’s passion for the game.

The list of Crusader graduates includes some of the who’s who of the game – names like Shane Warne, Damien Fleming, Simon O’Donnell, Matthew Elliott, Ryan Sidebottom, Jamie Dalrumple and Vikram Solanki are graduates.

Swan has organised cricket matches in countries across the word including the UK, France, Austria, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Hungry, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

THE CRUSADERS

More than 2,500 young cricketers have represented The Crusaders.

More than 2500 young cricketers have represented the Crusaders since its inception in 1977 and all have benefited from the organisation’s mission statement of paring young cricket hopefuls and pitting them against first-class cricketers.



Immerging from challenging circumstances in his early life, Swan Richards now commands respect across international cricket and has met and is friends with the sport’s greats and on several occasions has even met with Queen Elizabeth II.

Swan is also highly regarded as a maker of cricket bats and learnt the trade of cricket bat manufacture in England for the company that imported the famed Gray Nicolls bats. In the early 1970s Swan returned to Melbourne to set up the manufacture of Gray Nicolls bats in Australia. Claims of the “greatest bat maker alive today” and “bat maker to the greatest” have been directed to Swan.

Swan’s cricketing friends have included Greg Chapell and the legendary Don Bradman. He has met with fellow cricket tragic and famed British journalist/interviewer Michael Parkinson as well numerous Australian Prime Ministers, several of which have been patrons of The Crusaders.

THE CRUSADERS
NATIONAL MUSEUM AUSTRALIA

The NMA is the
custodian of 50 years of Australian cricket history.

Swan Richards Cricket Tours, run in conjunction with Travel Design Group, are able to seamlessly combine the encyclopaedic cricket knowledge of the sporting guru with the expertise of Travel Design Group’s enviable specialist tour credentials.

These expertly organised tours travel to all of the key cricketing nations – whether it is to the sunny, dust swept Sri Lankan pitches or venturing out to the vast open spaces of Australia or South Africa.

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TRAVEL PARTNER

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Partnering with Australian travel specialist, Travel Design Group.

Swan Richards Cricket Tours, run in conjunction with Travel Design Group, are able to seamlessly combine the encyclopaedic cricket knowledge of the sporting guru with the expertise of Travel Design Group’s enviable specialist tour credentials.

These expertly organised tours travel to all of the key cricketing nations – whether it is to the sunny, dust swept Sri Lankan pitches or venturing out to the vast open spaces of Australia or South Africa.

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School group travel specialists.

Arranging school group travel can be a stressful process which requires months of planning, detailed knowledge on destinations and the special ability to bring the learning and curriculum from the class room into a life experience. These skills have been transferred to the partnership with Swan Richards Cricket.

CHILD SAFE COMPLIANCE

Tour partner TDG complies with all regulations – enhancing the safety aspects of Swan Richards’ designed cricket tours as a family experience or school group travel.

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TECHNOLOGY & SAFETY

TDG is proud to partner with Safety Solutions to develop ‘RollCall by TDG’  which tracks and monitors tour members, using near field magnetic (NFC) swipe-cards in combination with smart phone technology.

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ON-DEMAND CRISIS CONSULTATION

TDG has unlimited access to security/medical experts and crisis response specialists and can receive advice on addressing potential concerns and dealing with the issues relating to speciality tour travel risks.

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Cricket Australia’s next Chief Executive Officer has asked that he be judged on future actions, not past events, after the serving member of CA’s executive management team was unanimously chosen to lead the organisation into a challenging future.

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I had the trip of a lifetime and loved every minute of it.

Todd Gellety
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Many boys have enjoyed the support and assistance that the program has offered them.

Greg Chappell

Former Australian Cricket Team Member

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I strongly endorse you coming on Tour, sooner than later.

Pete Marshall

Hall of Fame Crusader Member

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To be brutally honest, my expectations were truly met and many times over

Pete Marshall

Hall of Fame Crusader Member

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