About Us

Read a little more about our company and the people who make up the Rugby Tour Specialists.

Who Are We?

Sky High Sports is a Rugby Specialist Tour Operator which excels at combining Rugby and Travel to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for good Rugby people across the world.

We are based in Northumberland, England, a stones throw from the Scottish border. From here, we are proud to work with rugby teams and institutions across the globe.

We offer an all-inclusive, yet bespoke service that combines all elements of travel to provide our clients with an exceptional sporting experience away from home.

Dedicated to Excellence

Our commitment to offering innovative, exciting and bespoke tours along with our client focused, personal and dedicated approach has allowed us to build a global portfolio of clients and earn a reputation of excellence in our field.

Our team is made up of passionate rugby playing people & travel experts who take pride in introducing new rugby cultures through the great tradition of touring.

Every one of our itineraries & destinations has been developed from our own experiences, alongside superb rugby people to put you at the heart of your destination. 

We only work in destinations where we're sure of a success. 

Sky High Sports in Numbers


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The Number of Tourists who have travelled with Sky High Sports since 2009

Meet Our Rugby Playing Team

Our team is made up of passionate rugby playing people & travel experts who take pride in introducing new rugby cultures through the great tradition of touring.

Richie Gledson


Richie is the founder and director at Sky High Sports. He started the company from a farmhouse back-bedroom in 2009. From modest surroundings, he has grown Sky High Sports to become a highly effective and respected Rugby Tour company both in the UK and across the Rugby playing World.

A Journalism graduate from Chester University, Richie first got the Rugby Travel bug whilst playing Rugby for AS Rugby Lecco in Italy. After arranging a few tours to and from Italy on the back of a notepad, Richie moved back to the UK to learn the trade working for another sports tour operator.

After a few years in employment, the time was right to put ideas into actions and Sky High Sports was born in Northumberland on June 1st 2009. The first 'tour' was for 15 local lads who headed to the bright lights of Amsterdam. Since then over 4,000 Rugby playing people from across the world have trusted Sky High Sports with their tour arrangements. 

After growing up in Rugby Clubs across the North of England in pursuit of father Alan's playing and coaching career with Tynedale RFC & Northern FC & the Northumberland County side, a career in Rugby was always on the cards.

Sadly, a limited playing ability and a dislike of serious training has restricted it to a 'management' role.

Jamie Dixon

Jamie is an established member of the Sky High Sports team. Joining the company in July 2013, he hit the ground running and has become the go-to man in the business for tours for Youth & Senior Teams. 

Jamie is a popular character on the North-East Rugby circuit. Away from the office, Jamie plays 1st XV Rugby at Tynedale RFC in National Division Two, coaches the club U14 team and is the local O2 Touch Rugby guru.

He has represented Northumberland County at Sevens and in 2016 was part of 'Mighty Peth' team who got to the finals of the 24/7 Sevens Finals day at Allianz Park Stadium.

Jamie is also an integral part of the Stay Strong Stu charity, a cause for which he is trustee.

Jamie is testament to the theory that you should not let the lack of ability get in the way of becoming a decent Rugby player. Not blessed with skill or guile, Jamie has worked very hard to become the one-dimensional centre he is today.

Jamie came to Sky High Sports by somewhat of an un-generic path. After studying Sports Marketing, Jamie has turned his hand in Sales, Hospitality and even a bit of Farming. His strengths are his infectious passion for Rugby and his honest and hard working nature.  

Harry Snowdon

Harry joined Sky High Sports in July 2016 & has made an immediate impact on the business. Harry is the only member of the team at Sky High Sports with a serious Rugby CV. 

He is a graduate of the Gosforth Academy AASE Scheme & spent two seasons playing for the Academy at Newcastle Falcons. Unfortunately, his professional career was halted by injury. Fortunately for us, he has brought the work ethic and commitment from the professional rugby environment into his day to day work. 

Harry stands at 6'9'' tall and not surprisingly was limited to playing in the boilerhouse that is the second-row. He says he is a dynamic ball carrying lock, with a penchant for line-out play. Unfortunately, since his debut here in the office & inability to stay fit, none of us have actually seen him play. 

Caity Mattinson

An England International, making her debut against Canada in 2018. Caity joins up with our team in the off-season and assists with the operations and marketing at Sky High Sports. 

Tom McCallum

Tom is the newest member of the Sky High Sports team and has joined as a graduate from Northumbria University. The winger has played his rugby at East Grinstead RFC, Hartpury College, Northumbria University Mens Rugby & is now making an impact at our local club Tynedale RFC (despite his dodgy hamstrings). On the cricket field Tom is a threat with the new ball and a swashbuckling middle order batsman. It is worth noting that Tom is a die-hard Crystal Palace fan. We all have our downfalls. 

David Cook

Dav is the Marketing man at Sky High Sports. He joined in 2017 as part of an undergraduate placement as part of his degree in Business & Entrepreneurship. Dav is a keen sportsman and plays scrum half for Tynedale RFC. He is also a distinguished opening batsman and favours the cut shot. Dav is a passionate traveller and is relentlessly pushing the Sky High Sports holiday allocation threshold. 

Ben Blackburn

We have recently welcomed Ben as our newest recruit to the Sky High Sports team. Ben will be assisting with our customer relationship management in preparation for the 2019/20 Touring Season. Ben is an old-school hardworking lock and has played his Rugby at Billingham RUFC, Tynedale RFC & Border Park.