37 posts categorized "PB in the Press"


Best of Mallorca

Angel & Urchins Magazine
Highlights of family travel to Mallorca
01 July 2010
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The luxury holiday company for parents. And kids.

Angels & Urchins Magazine
Advertorial article on travel this summer with Powder Byrne
01 July 2010

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Reed’s-Powder Byrne Ski Academy Season Round-Up

The Reed’s-Powder Byrne Ski Academy continues to go from strength to strength, with another highly successful season for all the teams. Read on for the full season round-up…

The Reed’s-Powder Byrne Ski Academy rounded off a memorable year in great style at the inaugural British Schools’ Indoor Championships, held at the Chill Factore in Manchester. Reed’s found themselves up against some stiff opposition from the top schools in the UK, including Millfield, Cowbridge and current UK plastic champions St.Albans. Reed’s were able to field 2 strong and experienced teams

The Reed’s B team were led into second place in the team competition by an outstanding performance from Dan Absalom, who proved to be the fastest skier on the day, ably supported by George Harris, James Sieber and Seb Huff.

The Reed’s A team had Jack Gower blasting his way to the second fastest combined time of the day and with Jamie Reid, Roy Steudle and Jack Breton all securing top 9 finishes, the title of National Indoor Champions was secured.

The year had not started quite so well as the skiers tried to adapt to the different demands of racing on plastic on a balmy day in September. Fielding an unprecedented 5 teams, including a Senior girls quartet, all but the junior boys B team qualified for the National finals at Rossendale where there were two 4th places and a 7th for the boys teams with the girls coming home in 5th place. In the Open Championships we fared better with the boys A team taking silver medals, the boys B moved up to 5th and the unlucky girls missing out on 3rd place by the narrowest of margins. The plastic race season ended at the British Championships at Pontypool in Wales where the strength in depth of skiing highlighted by Reed’s being the only school with 3 teams at the National Finals. The boys teams performed at the top of their game with highly creditable 3rd and 6th places whilst an individual bronze medal for Katie Willis proved the highlight as the girls just missed out again finishing in 4th place.

The annual International Schoolgirls’ races in Flaine saw the Reed’s girls take 3rd place in both the team slalom and giant slalom events. They will be back next season with a bigger and stronger line up.

The boys were missing some big names for their British Schoolboys’ races in Meiringen due to a clash with “A” level exams. This gave a chance to a young team unregistered under 14 novices – and they took their chance coming home with gold medals as both the Children’s team and Unregistered team champions. The senior 4 continued their dominance of the event and were lead home in both the Parallel team slalom and overall team Championships by Roy Steudle and Luke Steyn with two gold, one silver and one bronze medal between them. I’m sure this unprecedented winning of all four team events at the Schoolboys’ races will remain a unique achievement.

All in all a great season!!!

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Foreign to the family

Kingston Magazine
Richmond Magazine
By Sarah Tucker
1st May 2010

If you can't find the right family holiday in Britain, it may be time to look further afield. From canal boating to horse whispering, Sarah Tucker is your guide to what's abroad.

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Honestly, it's no fun being a five-star castaway

When disaster strikes, there's a lot to be said for package holidays, suggests Judith Woods.
By Judith Woods
21 Apr 2010 

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Awesome Algarve: Finding family holiday heaven in pristine Portugal

The Mail on Sunday
07 March 2010
By Phil Spencer

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Original Article from Phil Spencer

Previous Spencer family holidays have shown that parents and small children have separate ideas about what makes for a good time. Of course my wife Fiona and I cherish the opportunity to spend time relaxing and playing with Jake, five, and Ben, three, away from the day-to-day pressures of home, school, work etc. But getting a chance to unwind and recharge the batteries is tricky when the boys are around.
Algarve, Portugal

For the past five years we have rented villas, benefiting from the privacy of our own environment but not being able to get away from all the daily domestic chores. What must be a fairly universal parental fear of embarrassing meltdowns or noisy bickering between small children led us to avoid inflicting ourselves on big hotels or kids clubs.

It was the promise of a decent balance between relaxation for Fiona and me and plenty of fun for the children that enticed us to travel with family travel specialists Powder Byrne to the Vila Vita Parc resort on Portugal's Algarve coast.

It takes a fair bit to impress two small boys after three hours on easy-Jet - but by the time we had been transported to our room their eyes were popping out of their heads. The resort covers 54 acres and is beautifully laid out. There are nine restaurants, six bars, seven swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym, a spa and both adult and child golf courses.

We had opted for a two-bedroom family suite which, being traditionally Portuguese, was a bit chintzy, but very spacious and felt just like an apartment. There was a small private balcony at both ends, a family dining table ideal for room service and lounge area with television and DVD.

Having been harangued by our boys in the airport before leaving, we had forgotten to buy suncream. Alongside the very welcome iced bottle of bubbly that the hotel had left for us, there were complimentary tubes of Lancaster sun cream of practically every factor - a very welcome touch. As the holiday progressed, it struck us that Powder Byrne had so much experience in looking after holidaying families they always seemed to anticipate what we needed, before we'd even appreciated we needed it!

We were fairly wary about childcare to start with, but the team who ran the Scallywags kids club were hugely impressive. They were highly experienced (all were qualified teachers, nanfornies, kids' entertainers, tennis or swimming coaches) and they were always very personable and genuinely seemed to enjoy working with children.

There was a noticeably strong team atmosphere as they had all worked for Powder Byrne in previous seasons: this wasn't 'just a summer job'. All quite comforting for us. Aside from standard mucking about in the pool or at the beach, there was a different programme of kids' events each day. A timetable let us know what was happening and it was entirely flexible which meant we could drop in and collect them at any time or join them splashing about in the pool.

Activities included tennis coaching, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, dressing up, crazy golf and pony riding. There were also trips to a water park and to a zoomarine park. It was all noisy and great fun for the children!

Aside from looking after the kids, the PB team also went out of their way to make things easy for us as parents. They were available to give us lifts to the local town, to recommend and book restaurants, to babysit at night and even to run shopping errands to restock the mini-bar. For the children, the team paid proper attention to things like suncream, drinking-water, healthy food and not spending too much time in direct sunlight. The boys were having far more fun making friends, playing tennis, swimming or horseriding than they ever would have had with us.

The Vila Vita Parc may not be completely state of the art in its fixtures and fittings, but the whole place is immaculate. The gardens are so well kept they are slightly surreal. The beach is spotless. Everything works and is clean. Without exception, the unassuming Portuguese staff were warm, friendly and helpful. Receptionists who send out golf-buggies to collect guests from their room for a trip round the grounds when asked to do so over the phone by a three-year-old child will always get my vote. We were so surprised and delighted when the buggy showed up at the door three minutes after being requested that it became a routine for the boys to order both room service and golf buggies.

Many of the staff had worked there for years and many of the guests return again and again. As there is such a large acreage and range of facilities, the Vila Vita suits all generations - which makes it ideal for extended families.

We quickly settled into the rhythm of the hotel - wonderful family breakfast, take the boys to the club and watch some tennis coaching or another activity, an hour in the gym or spa, coffee by the pool before assuming a horizontal position on a sun bed. Aside from a delicious lunch break (break from what!?) we tended to remain very stationary until mid-afternoon at which point we went to find the boys or waited until one of the staff brought them to find us down on the beach. Yes - they really did that!

After a few days it dawned on Fiona and me that we had scarcely had five hours to ourselves since our eldest was born! Just having the option to have a few hours quietly alone together every day was perfect.

Having started out a bit wary of being 'cooped up' in one place the whole time, it wasn't until day five that we even found the last swimming pool and we never ate in all the restaurants.

Although the hotel was virtually full, there were so many different areas and places in which to relax that it never felt busy and we never became tired of 'the same old thing' each day. The food was top-class. Even the children's menu was healthy, appetising and restaurant quality.

All in all, it was an absolute treat. The boys had superb fun, developed new skills and grew in confidence. And I managed to have entire conversations with my wife. Which meant that when we did all spend time together as a family everyone was on top form. This was what a family holiday truly should be.

We'll be booking for next year.


British players line up for 2010 Powder Byrne Junior Tennis Trophy

LTA Online
02 March 2010
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It has been announced that the 2010 Powder Byrne Junior Tennis Trophy will take place from the 22nd May – 28th November 2010 and will welcome competitors from across Great Britain.

The Powder Byrne Junior Tennis Trophy, has been recognised as a Grade 3 rankings tournament, and will feature junior events for 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U age groups as well as Men’s and Women’s open singles and mixed doubles events.

This is a postal event which means the earlier rounds will be played at local or regional tennis clubs, schools or public courts.

This allows players to compete regardless of standard or irrespective of whether they are club members although players must hold a British Tennis Membership number and an LTA rating to compete in the singles events.

With the higher ranked players directly seeded through to the knockout stages, the tournament has already attracted early entrants in the form of British junior no.1 Oliver Golding and one of the leading 12U players in Britain, Jazzi Plews.

Golding will return to a familiar event, having picked up the 12U title at the tournament’s inception in 2004.

“The Powder Bynre Junior Tennis trophy is a great opportunity to play matches where you have the flexibility to arrange to play on dates to suit your own schedules.

I first played the Powder Byrne Junior Tennis Trophy when I was 10 years old, and six years on, I am still looking forward to playing the event, as its great match play for all standards,” said Oliver Golding.

Other top British players who have benefited from playing in postal events previously include, Laura Robson, Melanie South, Katie O’Brien and George Morgan.

As well as offering a competitive element, the tournament will also adopt a family orientated approach with the inclusion of a Family Doubles event and all entrants are invited to participate in a complimentary coaching clinic on finals day at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton on the 28st November 2010.

There are great prizes on offer, including Dunlop Racket Contracts.

Entries for the 2010 event close at 2:00pm on the 14th May 2010. To enter or for further information please visit www.powderbyrne.com where there will be a link to the online entry form or send an e-mail to the following e-mail address: powderbyrnetrophy@octagon.com


Eiger Mania

Evening Standard Magazine
Can you have a thrill-seeking ski adventure with a pair of toddlers in tow? Gavanndra Hodge heads for Grindelwald in the Swiss Alps for tobogganing, tartiflette and no tantrums.
22nd January 2010
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Let's Snow to Work

Daily Mirror
21 January 2010

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Skiing Weekends without Tears

Country Life Magazine
12 January 2010

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