Established in November 2015 by Philippe Saint-André, Ian Lewis and Graham Ross, PSA Academies has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s foremost high performance sport development businesses.

Launching with the Tignes Rugby Academy in July 2016, PSA Academies has shaken up the youth sports camp market in rugby. This is a result of delivering a programme that offers a unique, transformative experience for young players. Critically, compared to other operators, our programmes are truly player-centric, combining a lower coach-to-player ratio, detailed player assessment reporting and a commitment to knowing and understanding our players in order to deliver the maximum positive impact on their development. 

See our Testimonials section for a flavour of how our Individuals and Group customers have found our programmes and customer service over our 3 years in existence. 

For 2019, PSA Academies is raising the bar even further with new Rugby Academy programmes (in the UK, Ireland and the US) and a comprehensive High School Programme giving ambitious young players fantastic opportunities to study and play rugby abroad in all the major rugby playing nations. 


To become the leading provider of high performance residential academies, group development trips and educational sports placements that, by providing customised experiences & expert services, exceed the needs & expectations of customers of all ranges of age and playing ability.

Philippe Saint-André

Co-Founder & Chairman

A former French Captain and Head Coach of the French National team, not to mention a coach of a Premiership winning team in Sale Sharks, Philippe brings a wealth of experience to the business in high performance sport at an elite level. His passion for the PSA Academies mission can be seen from his hands on involvement in the business.

Ian Lewis

Co-Founder & Director

As CEO of key operational partner Klub Group Ltd (T/A Xplore) and an avid sports fan, Ian (AKA Lewi) has 24 years of experience in building an international youth activities and educational business.

Graham Ross

Co-Founder & Director

A senior business leader (ex Betfair Ireland MD), Graham combines his professional experience with a deep seated sports interest in leading the PSA Academies management team.

Johne Murphy

Sales Manager & Senior Coach

With a recent career at elite level encompassing Ireland A, Munster & Leicester Tigers, combined with senior club and schools coaching experience in Ireland (IRB Stage 4 in 2016), Johne is in the perfect position to make sure that our programme delivery matches the high performance promise we make as part of our sales commitment to individuals and groups.

Cory Brown

Operations Manager

As an ex-Bay of Plenty underage representative player and Auckland University of Technology BSc in Sport & Recreation graduate, Cory brings his experience as an Xplore Team Leader to PSA Academies, heading up the operational delivery of our rugby academies and groups programmes.

Johan Taylor

Head of Rugby Programme

Combining top level club playing experience in South Africa and England, with extensive youth and adult coaching experience (IRB Stage 4 Qualified), including as national coach to Sri Lanka (twice Asian Championship winners), Johan plays a leading role in developing and delivering our high performance rugby programmes for individuals and groups.

Jake Fitzsimmons

Strength & Conditioner

As an experienced sports specialist with a Masters in Sport and Exercise from University of Derby, Jake brings extensive knowledge to our performance programme.

David McMaster

Performance Analyst 

With a BSc Sport and Exercise Science Degree from Loughborough University combined with an IRFU level 3 badge, David brings extensive knowledge of both rugby and strength and conditioning to our player development reporting.

Neil Marchant

Operations & Compliance Consultant 


Following a distinguished 29 year career in The Royal Air Forces, Neil brings a wealth of Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management Knowledge and experience; responsible for managing and developing all aspects of PSA Academies operational systems, policies and processes as well as looking for new world class partners, international locations and business opportunities. 

Simon Catton

HR Consultant 

Simon joined our sister company, Xplore, in 2014 where he recruits and processes over 150 staff per year. After completing his BA honour’s in Psychology, he went on to complete his L5 CIPD in Human Resources Management, giving him the skills and experience to consult on the various PSA Academies HR processes. Simon looks to recruit quality staff for all of our Academies, both domestic and internationally. If you apply for a role with PSA, you will have Simon to support you in the application, interviewing, onboarding and employment stages. 


World class isn’t an aspiration. It’s a commitment. With PSA Academies and our partners, our players will get the very best in facilities, coaching and expertise, ultimately helping them to achieve their maximum potential as players and people.
We won’t just tell the players on our Academy camps how the top professionals achieve peak performance. We’ll use practical learning and cutting-edge sports tech to show them in interactive, innovative ways.
Our passion is our players. During our Academy Camps and Group trips, we are wholly focused on delivering them to the very peak of their sporting capabilities, supporting them all through our programmes and beyond.
Our philosophy is simple and is based on the principles that make sport great – integrity, honesty, commitment, skill and the love of the game. Channelled through the C.A.R.D.S. framework for high performance (Creativity, Awareness, Resilience, Decision-Making & Self-Organisation), these principles guide every aspect of the PSA Academies experience and drive our responsibility to all our customers.
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