The cost of student sports tours are set to soar by almost £200 after Brexit, a new report finds.
Hotels and flights, as well as health insurance and the possible return of mobile roaming charges are all expected to cause student holidays to Europe to rise in price once Britain leaves the EU, according to analysis by the People’s Vote campaign.
Dan Bocharnikov, National Student Officer at BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) and Vice-President for Activities at Edge Hill Students’ Union, said: “Tour is when a sport becomes a family and, for the tens of thousands of students, that take part it’s a major deal.
“It’s clear that Brexit will make travelling to popular tour destinations more expensive and tour companies would have to pass some of this cost on to students to stay in business, which we cannot afford.”
Over 50,000 students travel every year across Europe to play sport and socialise, and is a significant highlight in the student calendar.
Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson, co-founder of anti-Brexit pressure group For our Future’s Sake, said: “Students are worried that post-Brexit, sports tours will become more expensive for them, or worse, become financially unsustainable altogether. Because of the uncertainty around Brexit, tour operators are concerned about their businesses and service they can provide for students.
They added: “This is one of the many reasons why the majority of students back a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
The news comes as the government warns that, in the event of a no-deal Brexit, free mobile phone roaming cannot be guaranteed.