About Us

The UK’s No. Residential Rugby Festival – The Ultimate UK Touring Experience

If you’re looking to make 2018 a year your club will never forget, then look no further. With 250 mini and junior rugby teams of all abilities and 10,000 people set to join us, the Tigers Challenge is the biggest youth rugby festival of its kind in the UK.

The Tigers Challenge is a professionally organised rugby festival that brings U7-U14 boys teams and U13 & U15 girls teams together for a fantastic weekend of rugby and fun. Supported by Leicester Tigers and staged at Butlins award winning resorts in Minehead, Somerset and Bognor Regis, West Sussex, there’s nowhere better to take your team on an action packed end of season tour.

Professional Organisation

The Tigers Challenge is staged by ESF Events, in partnership with Leicester Tigers and Butlins. With a passion for sport and over 25 years experience organising some of the biggest and most prestigious youth sports festivals in the UK and Europe, our teams tell us that our tournament organisation and attention to detail is second to none. Click here to take a look a sample of our customer testimonials.

Every aspect of the game, its safety and ethos will be upheld to the highest standards and the tournament is organised in accordance with the regulations of the RFU.


Financial Protection

abtotAll payments made to ESF Events Ltd are fully protected. ESF Events are members of ABTOT – The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust.

The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for ESF Events Ltd, and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK;
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK;
4. accommodation only bookings;

1, 2, 3 and 4 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled.  1 and 3 provides for repatriation.  Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with ESF Events Ltd.

Only contracts made with ESF Events Limited as a principal operator of the bookings will be covered by ABTOT. Bookings with, and payments made directly to, Butlins are not covered by ABTOT.

Child Protection

All staff employed by ESF Events Ltd, Leicester Tigers and Butlins are vetted. ESF are also proud to support the NSPCC.

First Aid / Health & Safety

The safety and wellbeing of your party is our number one priority. Professional First Aid cover is provided at all Tigers Challenge pitch locations. Butlins holiday resorts are fully licenced venues that meet the Health & Safety standards required by law.