The Team

Established in early 2016 by Philippe Saint-André, Ian Lewis and Graham Ross, PSA Academies has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s foremost high-performance youth sport development businesses.

Launching with the PSA Rugby Academy, Tignes 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 of 10 to 17 years, boys and girls. Critically, compared to other operators, our programmes are truly player-centric, combining a lower player-to-coach 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 successful years in existence.

For 2019, PSA Academies is raising the bar even further with new Rugby Academy programmes (in the France, Ireland and the UK) 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.

Our Mission
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.

Corporate Social Responsibility

As part of our mission and company values, PSA Academies is committed to developing a CSR strategy and approach that ensures underage players get the opportunity they need to maximise their sports potential, regardless of their backgrounds.

For more information on the PSA Academies approach, please contact us at sales@psaacademies.com.

Careers

At PSA Academies, we want to work with and help to develop the best up-and-coming professionals in the sport.

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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
graham@psaacademies.com
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
Rugby & Sales Director
johne@psaacademies.com
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), 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
cory@psaacademies.com
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.

Neil Marchant
Operations & Compliance Consultant
neil@psaacademies.com

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.