Rugby & English Language (Ireland)
Taking place in the surrounds of two top rugby and education venues Cistercian College in Co. Tipperary and Midleton College in Co. Cork, our Rugby and English Language programme incorporates the PSA Rugby Academies in Roscrea and Cork in July 2020, offering international players the unique opportunity of training with top young players from two of the world’s most famous rugby areas, Leinster and Munster, while also developing their English language skills in a formal class and informal rugby programme setting.
We believe that our high performance programme combining rugby development with top professional coaches, social/culture immersion with local Irish rugby players, alongside structured English language tuition, provides the best language-learning experience in the market. By booking this unique programme, you will be ensuring that your young player enjoys unrivaled opportunities to learn across the four key communication elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing all in an engaging, social, safe and fun environment.
Ambitious players will be introduced to our key coaching principles, focusing on the assessment and development of key core skills around passing, rucking, tackling and game management. With the use of leading sports tech, the top coaching team will develop a player-specific report sent to players and parents post-camp to help with ongoing development. But at PSA Academies, there is a focus on the wider development of the person through our varied programme content that covers introductions to key sports science areas, mental wellness principles and fun but challenging C.A.R.D.S. (Creativity, Awareness, Resilience, Decision Making & Self-Organisation) based group activities.
Included In The Price
Our full board accommodation at the PSA Rugby Academies Roscrea & Cork varies from shared rooms of 3/4 to small dorm rooms. We always have separate quarters for boys and girls, with where possible players of a similar age rooming together. If your player has any special requirements or would like to request to share with a friend, please confirm the details as part of your booking information.
We will provide both transfers from and to Dublin International Airport (DUB) on both arrival and departure dates, as well as transfers between our centres on Saturday 11th July.
- ARRIVAL FLIGHT Please ensure flight arrives at DUB between 11:00 – 15:00hrs
- DEPARTURE FLIGHT Please ensure flight departs from DUB between 12:00 – 16:00hrs. Unfortunately, flights outside of these times or to/from a different airport will incur an additional cost – please check with our sales team before booking your flights.
Levels: A2 – B2 on CEFR Pathway Table We recommend attending this camp after you have studied English for approximately two years. Following an initial placement test, our English teachers will place all learners into classes dependent on their test results, this camp offers Elementary (A2), Intermediate (B1) and Advanced (B2) courses in English. As a teenage summer camp, we provide engaging English courses with interesting topics and focal points to keep the course vibrant and different to traditional school lessons. We understand that improving language skills comes from engaging students with interesting debates and teaching methods. At the end of the 2-week course, learners will complete an examination for the level they have been learning at. We will then receive a certificate from Anglia Examinations, which confirms your English level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference. Classroom learning time per week is 15 hours and our class sizes are small with a maximum of 20 students per teacher.
Our fully vetted and professional trained programme staff are responsible for the pastoral care of all those players in our care and ensure that everyone is sleeping & eating well, joining in all activities, making friends and having a great time. As well as ensuring the daily wellbeing of the overall group, our staff get assigned a group of players that they mentor, delivering twice daily “Markers” meeting, where they get to develop a rapport with each individual and can speak about how they feel physically & emotionally, what their daily goals are and how they fell the programme activities have gone. During free time, our players are able to relax in specified areas of the Cistercian College & Midleton College campuses with their new friends, whilst being supervised by our staff. We operate a restricted Mobile Phone Policy, with players only getting access for 1 hour in the mornings and 2 hours in the evenings, when they will be expected to contact their parents.
Our elite level coaches at our Irish PSA Rugby Academies, such as Johne Murphy, BJ Botha, Alan Tynan, Ben Swindlehurst, Rocky Clarke and Paula Fitzpatrick have played and/or coached at the highest level of the youth and/or senior professional game. For more information on the high-performance aspects that our Rugby Academy programme covers, please see our “specialist areas covered” section, with links to articles, at the bottom of the page.
For more information on the elements that our programmes cover please see our “specialist areas covered” section with links to articles at the bottom of the page.
Following the completion of the high-performance Academy programme, each player will receive a detailed Player Development Report, containing test results and development comments across four core skills areas (Pass, Breakdown, Rucking & Tackle) plus physical conditioning. The report also looks at the player development holistically and as such, you will receive a written comment from the player’s group staff mentor, summarising their approach to the C.A.R.D.S. aspect of camp life.
Each player will receive a PSA Rugby Academy branded player pack from STC Teamwear. Intermediate/Advanced players will receive 2 branded tech training T-Shirts and a Wet Top.
PSA Academies has partnered with Endsleigh Insurance to provide invaluable cover specifically designed for PSA Academies players. You will receive a summary of insurance cover after booking, however key benefits include:
- Cover for over 90 sports and activities are included as standard (full details are available within policy documentation).
- Cancellation and curtailment of the trip due to accident, illness or sickness.
- If taken ill or have an accident, Endsleigh will pay emergency medical bills and hospital costs that are not covered by the National Health Service.
- Additional costs incurred to repatriate, if medically necessary.
- Reasonable costs to return home if a close relative is seriously ill.
- Reimbursement if luggage is lost, stolen or accidentally damaged.
- Endsleigh will help replace passports, or visas if they are lost or stolen.
- Money stolen either from your person or while locked away, will be replaced.
- If a student accidentally injures someone or damage their property, Endsleigh will cover legal liability.
- Advice and assistance to take legal action is covered.
- Cover for unavoidable or necessary cancellation or curtailment of course before completion due to, death, bodily injury or illness.
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With the weekend comes a break between the two rugby programmes and a shift to cultural experiences. Saturday will see the players enjoy a tour of Croke Park & the GAA Museum, before heading into Dublin city for an afternoon of shopping and sight seeing in the Irish capital. Sunday will see the group move to Cork with a tour of the City’s major landmarks, before arriving back at Midleton College for the start of the 2nd week’s rugby & language development programme.