by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Northern Ireland company Travel Solutions has become the official Northern Ireland Supporters Travel Partner. And the Belfast-based tour operator is also now an official patron of the Irish Football Association’s Education and Heritage Centre, which is an integral part of the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.


The partnership with the Irish FA means Travel Solutions will be able to support fans of Northern Ireland’s international teams by providing travel options for away trips, from flights and hotels to transfers or full travel packages.

Chris Clingan, Travel Solutions Sports Manager, said: “Travel Solutions are pleased to be working alongside the Irish FA in ensuring Northern Ireland fans have readily available travel arrangements for away fixtures.

With reaching the Euro finals still a great possibility and the UEFA Nations League draw coming shortly, it is an exciting time for local football fans and an exciting time for Travel Solutions to be part of it.”

On their appointment as an official patron of the Irish FA’s Education and Heritage Centre, Chris said: “As a Northern Ireland company it is pleasing that we can support the Irish FA at the Education and Heritage Centre.”

Stephen Bogle, the Irish FA’s Head of Sales and Marketing, said: “It’s great to have Travel Solutions onboard.

Travel Solutions have been delivering tailored and affordable packages to local football fans for many years now and we’re delighted to be working with them to offer a range of travel options for our supporters, kicking off with our upcoming Euro 2020 play-off in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 26 March.

We also welcome their support as an official patron of our Education and Heritage Centre, which helps to tell the unique story of football in Northern Ireland.”

The allocation of match tickets for away fixtures will not be affected and will continue to be allocated by the Irish FA. Travel Solutions packages will not include tickets for away fixtures. 

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Chris Clingan of Travel Solutions (left) joins Jemma Thornbury from the Irish Football Association’s Education and Heritage Centre and Stephen Bogle, the Irish FA’s Head of Sales and Marketing, to announce the new partnership between Travel Solutions and the association.

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