Halifax reveals sports injuries of travelling fans

13 April 2005
The fans who follow their favourite sports star, team or player abroad might just be a little too obsessed - Halifax has revealed that claims for sporting injuries shot up during the Olympics last summer, as if fans were keen to emulate the injuries of their favourite sporting heroes.

Travel insurance claims increased on average by 66 per cent, Halifax General Insurance revealed, and the insurer is urging sports fans travelling abroad this summer to make sure they are adequately covered.

With England football team fixtures in the USA, Colombia and Denmark, the British rugby Lions starting their tour of New Zealand in June and the Tour de France skirting Europe in July, there are certainly enough reasons for sports enthusiasts to go abroad - and no reason not to get insured before they go.

"It is common for sports fans to let their enthusiasm get the better of them and dash off with passport in hand without checking their insurance. But many could suffer a worse disaster than a lost match if they don't have adequate cover," warns David Norton, head of marketing at Halifax General Insurance.

Fans considering taking more than one trip to follow their favourite sports would do well to consider a multi-trip policy which could see them make significant savings.

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