Transportation

Overnight camps: How to come to the camp?

Option 1: Campers arrive with a legal representative

Legal guardians drop players off at the Academy on Saturday afternoon, and pick them up on Saturday morning at the end of the camp.

Place of arrival: Please contact us directly to confirm your arrival time. 

Option 2: Campers arrive on their own by plane or train

Most of the trainees are underage and this may be their first time traveling alone away from home. Thus, we fully understand how stressful such a trip can be for both players and their families. For this reason, staff members will communicate frequently with legal guardians by phone, WhatsApp, Facebook, or any other way, in order to:

  • Confirm the player’s arrival at the airport in France
  • Confirm that we have arrived at the camp
  • Respond to any questions or emergencies family members may have

We hope that these efforts on the part of our staff will help reduce the apprehension associated with this new and yet unique experience.

Type of Transportation: Players arrive by plane or train.
Day of Arrival: Saturday morning, late morning or afternnon (PLEASE! Contact us before buying a ticket so that we agree on exact dates and times (taking into consideration the eventual time difference between your country of departure and France!)
Day of departure: Saturday morning

  • Railway (train) stations: Bayonne
  • Airports: Biarritz

Arrival at the airport or train station in France: Our staff will personally pick up and bring back the academy players to their train station/airport of arrival and departure.
Young players are taken care of by our staff within the train station or the airport to meet the players at the furthest possible access point.

The same way, they are accompanied to the platform or to the security point as close as possible to their train or their departure plane.

The identity, contact details, photos and biography of each staff member responsible for this transition will have been communicated to you by email before the trip. Depending on the overall flight schedule of other players, one may have to wait with airport staff. Food and beverages will be provided to help reduce the wait.

We leave nothing to chance to ensure the safety of the players and provide peace of mind to our young players and their loved ones.

Important Travel Notes

From home to domestic airport
Legal guardians or mandated third parties are responsible for driving players from their residence to the domestic airport.

From domestic airport to connecting flight

Odyssey Tennis Academy is not responsible for any complications that may arise while players make connections to reach the airport in France. Legal guardians are fully responsible for ensuring and facilitating the transition between flights if connections need to be made.

Young adults: 15-17 years old
According to most airlines, passengers between the ages of 14 and 17 are considered “young adults”. In general,  “the usage of the Unaccompanied Minor Service is not mandatory [14 to 17] but is available on demand”. (American Airlines, “Unaccompanied Minors Program”).

Secondary players are generally able to manage flight connections on their own, without special assistance.

12-14
For the youngest in this age group, the need for professional assistance mainly depends on:

  • Personality
  • Previous experience with travel
  • Airline policy (ex: AA and United allow passengers 12-17 years old to travel alone without purchasing “unaccompanied minor service”. Delta requires passengers 12-14 years old to purchase Unaccompanied Minor Service.)

Therefore, these campers may or may not need professional assistance to change flights at connecting airports.

Unaccompanied minors: 8-11 years old
Children between the ages of 8 and 11 traveling alone are generally classified as “unaccompanied minors”. In this case, the purchase of the “Unaccompanied Minor Service” (American Airline terminology) is mandatory.

While prices vary by airline, such a service usually costs around $100 each way.

Legal guardians must book an itinerary that includes a connection with the same airline. Indeed, airlines do not accept unaccompanied children when their itinerary includes a connection to/from another airline.

Useful links:
American airline:
http://www.aa.com/i18n/disclaimers/childrenTravelingAloneChecklist.jsp

Delta Airline:
http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/special-travel-needs/children.html

United:
http://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/travel/specialneeds/minors/default.aspx

Please contact the airline of your choice before booking and for more information.