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London Rugby Academy International

England, London – Rugby Academy International

RUGBY ACADEMY

The Rugby Academy provides athletes of various levels with the perfect Rugby training programme according to their age and experience. The training centres are based in Ireland, England, France and New Zealand.

The rugby programme allows athletes to improve their Rugby and individual skills with the best coaches available in a safe, enjoyable and stimulating environment within the best rugby countries. For 2017, 2018 and 2019 we will be running the rugby academy in conjunction with important leading rugby schools and clubs, considered among the best in the world.

CAMP OVERVIEW

Date: January – February 2018 & July – August 2018
Location: England, London
Age Grade: Athletes 15 to 18 years old (January – February 2018), 12 to 18 years old (July – August 2018) 
Type: Rugby and English (with optional English Course for January-February 2018) 
Durantion: 2 or more weeks
Accommodation: Residential (full board)
Level of Rugby: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite 
Level of English: Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced
Extracurricular activities: Excursions, Leisure and Sport Activies
Optional:High-performancre gym, Intensive English, English for specific pourposes, Cambridge Exams preparation

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LOCATION: ENGLAND

England, London

England’s terrain mostly comprises low hills and plains, especially in central and southern England. However, there are uplands in the north (for example, the mountainous Lake District, Pennines, and Yorkshire Dales) and in the south-west (for example, Dartmoor and the Cotswolds). The capital of England is London, which is the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. The population of over 53 million comprises 84% of the population of the United Kingdom, largely concentrated around London, the South East, and conurbations in the Midlands, the North West, the North East and Yorkshire, which each developed as major industrial regions during the 19th century.

England has a strong sporting heritage, and during the 19th century codified many sports that are now played around the world. Sports originating in England include association football, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, tennis, boxing, badminton, squash, rounders, hockey, snooker, billiards, darts, table tennis, bowls, netball, thoroughbred horseracing, greyhound racing and fox hunting. It has helped the development of golf, sailing and Formula One.

Rugby union originated in Rugby School, Warwickshire in the early 19th century. The England rugby union team won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, the country was one of the host nations of the competition in the 1991 and 2015. The top-level clubs compete in the English Premiership competition. Leicester Tigers, London Wasps, Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints have had success in the European Championship Cup.

COLLEGE

The College where Rugby Academy International will take place is a university located in Twickenham, in South West London, founded in 1850.

Sports Village

The centre includes a state-of-the-art fitness suite and a high performance sports hall. The fitness suite has 35 state-of-the-art life fitness equipment stations. In addition to this, there is a separate strength and conditioning suite that consists of 10 bespoke lifting platforms. The high performance sports hall caters for a range of sports, from 5-a-side football to sport specific training and competition as the hall consists of the following:

  • 6 Badminton courts
  • 4 Cricket lanes
  • 1 Basketball court
  • 1 Netball court
  • 1 Handball court

Rugby pitches

The College has over 10 acres (40,000 m2) of playing fields on campus including a floodlit training area, two further training areas and a rugby pitch. Teams that have used these facilities include Harlequins Rugby League, the English, Irish and Australian rugby union squads and the New Zealand All Blacks.
The College has extensive sporting facilities situated five minutes from the main campus where there are over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of playing fields with extensive changing facilities, as well as showers and toilet facilities. A dedicated team of groundstaff maintains all of the grass pitches.

TRAINING FACILITIES

Rugby Training Facilities

The rugby trainin facilities is located in a beautiful green spot near London in England.

The sport center is situated within fifty-acres of beautiful parkland which includes rugby pitches with floodlights, a gymnasium, a weight room, a running track.

This is considered one of the best rugby campus in the country.

The catering facilities provide both hot and cold meals and a range of snacks.

RUGBY PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

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Name: Rugby Academy International: Train, Play and Compete & Excellence in Rugby
Contents: More than 10 hours a week of training and interrelated activities, including educational lessons, coaching, individual skills exercises
Development of Individual, mini-unit and team skills, mental strength, intelligence and rugby abilities
Training analysis: through video support (if appropriate)
Nutrition: General and specific nutritional talks
Coaches: All Camp Managers are fully RFU accredited coaches and have additionally completed RFU Safe Rugby and the World Rugby First Aid in Rugby
Special Features: High-Performance Rugby and Strength and Conditioning Programme. International youth players participation.
Optional: Scrum Academy, High-performance gym


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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT & HIGH-PERFORMANCE RUGBY PROGRAMME

Skills Development Programme

At the Rugby Academy athletes focus on all aspects of the game and performing skills under pressure.
The Rugby Skills Development Programme is designed to develop players, based on the core four skills.

  1. Catching and Passing or Kicking
  2. Tackling
  3. Support and Evasion
  4. The Breakdown (Defensive and Attacking with individual, mini-unit and team skills assessment and progressive development )

All sessions will have one of these four core skills as its main focus, which will be assessed and developed progressively.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the following topics:

  • # Communication and the ability to make decisions under pressure
  • # Leadership activation; mental strength; tactical intelligence

Additional aspects include (when appropriate):

  • # Functional assessment and development
  • # Speed, Agility and Quickness
  • # Game related fitness
  • # Strength and conditioning

Players who attend the Rugby Academy will be coached by Top Level coaches, fully DBS checked and first aid trained. Our staff, which includes a full-time physiotherapist, will be looking after players at all other times. They conform to Ireland, England, France and New Zealand’s Rugby Football Union and the World Rugby’s guidance in teaching rugby.

Hi-Performance Development Programme

The Rugby Academy will provide players and teams with an opportunity to experience a development programme which will be tailored to the team and/or the individual.

The rugby academy programme includes:

  • # Technical skill assessment and progressive development
  • # Tactical skill assessment and development (including analysis where appropriate)
  • # Strength, Power and Conditioning assessment and development
  • # Nutritional appraisal (assessment) and consultation
  • # Access to expert coaching and fitness training
  • # Access to top-level coaches and playing facilities
  • # Performance analysis, Goal setting, Performance planning
  • # Medical and Functional Assessment and support (where and when applicable)
RUGBY COURSE CONTENTS AND COACHING

COACHING

All participants will be assisted, coached and guided by RFU professional coaches, professional players and experienced English teacher. All our teaching and coaching staff are native English speaker.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the following topics: individual skills and techniques; mini-unit and team skills; communication and the ability to make decisions. Athletes will learn the essential techniques required to play the game safely, they will learn and develop new skills and ways to express themselves in a team environment. During each rugby training session, there will be “humbleness” that comes by working with a group and the “conscientiousness” for the safety and enjoyment of all players involved.

CONTENTS

Athletes will have more than 10 hours a week of training and interrelated activities, which include educational lessons, coaching, individual skills exercises, development of mental strength, intelligence and rugby abilities.
Rugby matches and training will be analysed through video support.
Players will also gain a greater understanding of the importance of physical fitness, strength and conditioning and what it is appropriate for young players at any age or stage of the long-term player development continuum. There will be general and specific nutritional talks on how best to eat to be healthy while playing sports.
All Camp Managers are fully accredited RFU coaches and have additionally completed RFU Safe Rugby and World Rugby First Aid in Rugby.

COACHING METHOD

The coaching methods will be adapted depending on the age of the students. All coaching in conducted in English and this serves to immerse the students in the language of the game whilst enhancing their listening and speaking skills. Every course is designed by experienced coaches who use the latest techniques and training methods available. The coaching will focus on all aspects of the game and may include tackling, taking the ball into contact, ball handling skills, performing skills under pressure.

All coaches are Top Level RFU coaches, fully DBS checked and first aid trained. Our staff, which includes a full-time physiotherapist, will be looking after players at all other times. They conform to both England’s Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board’s guidance in teaching rugby.

TRAINING PROGRAMME

This is the perfect course for Rugby enthusiasts, combining 15 hours of English lessons per week with 12 hours of professional rugby coaching. The course focuses on all aspects of the game including tackling, ball handling, game play and performing skills under pressure. The English taught in the classroom will be reinforced on the rugby pitch with the English speaking coaches teaching students about tactics, game plans and skills with special emphasis being placed on the rugby game. The Academy has excellent rugby training facilities plus a wide range of additional sport and recreational facilities to complement the training programme.

SCRUM ACADEMY PROGRAMME: OPTIONAL

Optional:

Scrum Academy Programme (minimum stay 2 weeks)

The Scrum Academy provides a scrum coaching development programme that includes the most current and up to date trends in the game. The programme is delivered by highly qualified & experienced coaches in a professional and engaging manner.

The programme follows a traditional developmental model including the following Key areas :

  • # Foundation Blocks
  • # Bindings
  • # The Power Position
  • # Safe Scrumming
Additional aspects include (when appropriate):
  • # Scrum coaching
  • # Scrum Consultancy
  • # Scrum Analysis

We provide a high standard of scrum specific coaching that will increase and improve players and coaches’s scrum knowledge, scrum specific skills and overall qualities and abilities to perform and deliver under pressure.

Training and Education

Play Rugby and Learn English

This is a Rugby and English programme that allows students to improve their English while they are also participating in a specific rugby training programme. Students attend classes in the morning which follow the same layout as a General English Course. Four afternoons per week students participate in a predetermined rugby training programme with a match being held every week, if feasible. Students go on a half day cultural trip once per week and there is a full day excursion on Saturdays.

ENGLISH COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

 

Type of course: General English with standards recognised by British Council
Assessments: Assessment test before the start of the course, weekly progress and End-of-Course Assessments
English classes per week: 15 hours (two 90-minute lessons per day)
Students per class: Maximum of 15 students per class
Course Materials: All included
Diploma: Certificate of Attendance and Completion
Teachers: All our teaching staff are university graduates and qualified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)
Level of English: All levels available, from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1)

Optional: Intensive English, Cambridge Exam preparation

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ENGLISH COURSE CONTENTS, TEACHERS AND STAFF

General English Course

Students generally attend classes in the morning which follow the same layout as a General English Course. There are 15 hours English classes per week held Monday to Friday and split into two 90 minute lessons per day. Class size is restricted to a maximum of 15 students and all levels are available from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1).

Two teachers, covering different prearranged areas of the syllabus, work alternately with each class. One teacher takes the first 90-minute session which focuses on language in use, vocabulary and grammar practice. After a short break, the second teacher starts the next 90-minute session which covers conversational practice, pronunciation, listening and speaking. This work share provides variety for the students and allows them to benefit from different personalities and teaching styles. All our teaching staff are university graduates and are qualified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL).

Teachers and Staff

All of the staff at “Rugby and English” are committed to offering students the best education during their stay. We inspire students to work diligently to improve in all aspects of the English language.

Our experienced teaching staff are well trained and highly qualified in what they teach. They are up to date with the latest methods in teaching English as a foreign language and combine academic excellence with the sensitivity and receptiveness for each student’s individual needs, talents and potential.

All “Rugby and English” teachers are university graduates with qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and are respected for their knowledge and professionalism.

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES (Day one)

Classes and Activities (and day one)

Classes are on from 9:30 until 13:00 with a 30-minute break at 11:00. After class, there is a 60-minute lunch break. After lunch, depending on the programme, there will be sports, activities or a cultural trip. Students must be ready at the designated time.

The first day in the college is somewhat different to the rest. Students are advised to arrive at 9:00 to allow for unforeseen delays as they may not be familiar with the bus timetable or the route. At 9:30 there will be a short introduction by the camp manager and principal. After there will be an assessment test, which is used to determine the level of English so students can be placed in the appropriate class.

After the test students meet in the main hall again. Here a staff member will go through the college rules and some other important information. The students are then taken on a tour of the college. At the end of the tour, students will be divided into their appropriate classes and attend the second-morning class until lunch time. After lunch students on the general course go on a familiarisation trip, while students on the specialised sports courses have training.

Please note that all students on “Play Rugby and Learn English” programme MUST bring their training equipment with them on the first day (Gumshield included!).

Students on the familiarisation tour will arrive back to the college by approximately 17:00. For further excursions to the city centre, students staying with the host families, do not return to the college but travel directly home to the host family.
Students on “Play Rugby and Learn English” programme will finish training at approximately 17:00 – 17:30.

ENGLISH COURSE CERTIFICATE

English Course Certificate

Students will receive the English course materials and workbooks as part of the programme. After completion of the English course, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each student. It certifies the progress that has been made and the level of English reached.

INTENSIVE ENGLISH, ENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES, CAMBRIDGE EXAMS PREPARATION: OPTIONALS

Optionals:

Intensive English

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English for specific purposes

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Trinity Exam

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Cambridge Exam Preparation

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES HIGHLIGHTS

Half-day excursions: 1 per week
Full day excursions: 1 per week
Evening activities: Karaoke, barbecue, Irish night and disco.

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EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extracurricular Activities

In addition to training, students go on one half day cultural trip per week. These are normally to local visitor attractions such as city centres, museums, sports stadiums or other popular sites. Students travel to the locations with their group leader(s) and one or more “Play Rugby” activity leader. Admission fees are included.
One full day excursion per week, usually on Saturdays, is also included. Students travel to places of interest, normally outside the city, by private or public bus. Admission fees are included. There are no organised activities on Sundays as many groups, host families or friends like to organise their own day.

Evening activities are held several times every week. These can include excursions, sports & games competitions, movie nights, barbecues, discos and much more. Evening activities normally take place between 20:00 and 22:00 but this can vary depending on the activity and age group of the students.

The activities programme provides students with an opportunity to absorb some of England’s rich heritage in a fun and relaxed way while also allowing students the opportunity to improve their social and English Skills. This informal and social aspect of the programme is key to improving language skills. It also allows students from different nationalities to get to know each other outside the rugby ground. Some of the friendships made at “Rugby and English” will last a lifetime.

EXCURSIONS

Excursions to London, Oxford, Brighton

Numerous excursions are part of the programme at London Rugby Academy International, such as Oxford, Brighton, Twickenham Stadium and Central London including Regent’s Park, Camden Town and Thames Cruise, offering the unique chance to discover London and its surroundings.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND SUPERVISION

Accommodations: Host Family Accommodation with selected English families or College or Residential Accommodation on full board basis
Location: Located in one of the quietest residential areas of the city

Internet: WiFi (Supervised access to computer and Internet facilities)

Room type: Single or twin rooms, students share their accommodations with other students of different nationality (if feasible)

Assistance: 24/7 emergency phone

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HOST FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONS

Host family Accommodation

All our families are inspected and carefully selected by our accommodation officers who maintain regular contact with each host family during a student’s stay. Host families are conveniently located to the colleges and most have many years experience looking after students.
 Accommodation is arranged on a full board basis with packed lunch Monday to Saturday.

Students normally share a room with a student of a similar age but of a different nationality. Unless specifically requested and if feasible there is only one student of any particular nationality in each family.
 Students normally travel to classes each day by public transport like bus or Tube (suburban train). Private transfers can also be arranged at an additional cost. Living with a host family gives a perspective into English’s family life. The interaction with a host family plays a prominent role in developing language skills.

RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Residential Accommodation

The Residence can accommodate athletes, most in comfortable single, double or triple rooms accommodation. All the accommodation used by the athletes is of extremely high quality. Each bedroom is either situated very close to the modern wash and toilet facilities or, alternatively, has its own en-suite shower room. Each student will have their own wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair.

The catering facilities provide both hot and cold meals and a wide range of snacks. It is open before school and at break times.

COLLEGE ACCOMMODATIONS

College Accommodation

Boarding schools offer an alternative to the “host family” option for students who wish to immerse themselves in the complete school experience. Boarding offers a unique community orientated way of life and suits students who are outgoing, sporty & adaptable. It offers a comprehensive academic and extracurricular environment which serves to develop each student to their full all-around potential.

The campus is a self-contained community, which offers children a degree of independence and freedom to explore whilst providing a safe and secure environment. The well-being of our students is at the heart of our boarding provision. With a generous staff to student ratio, we guarantee round-the-clock care within a happy, well-ordered environment. We encourage staff to cultivate a friendly, lively, family atmosphere to ensure all students feel comfortable, contented and supported while they are away from home.

The College can accommodate residential students on-site, most in comfortable double or triple rooms accommodation. All the accommodation used by the Language School students is of extremely high quality. Each bedroom is either situated very close to our modern wash and toilet facilities or, alternatively, has its own en-suite shower room. Each student will have their own wardrobe, drawers, desk and chair.

The catering facilities provide both hot and cold meals and a wide range of snacks. It is open before school and at break times.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION

Staff and Supervision

All of the staff at “Rugby and English Academy” are committed to offering our students the best education during their stay. We inspire our students to work diligently so they can effectively improve their Skills.

Our experienced teaching and coaching staff are well trained and highly qualified in what they teach and coach. They are up to date with the latest methods in teaching and coaching to international student-athletes and combine academic excellence with sensitivity and receptiveness to each student-athlete’s individual needs, talents and potential.
 All “Rugby and English  Academy” teachers (TEFL) and coaches (RFU) are highly qualified and are respected for their knowledge and professionalism.

The activities programme provides students with an opportunity to absorb some of England’s rich heritage in a fun and relaxed way while also allowing student-athletes the opportunity to improve their individual skills. This informal and social aspect of the programme is key to improving language and social skills. It also allows students from different nationalities to get to know each other outside the classroom and the rugby ground. Some of the friendships made at the “Rugby and English Academy” will last a lifetime.

Students travel to the locations with their group leader(s) and one or more “Play Rugby” activity leader.

All students are supervised by “Play Rugby” activity leaders. During the day, students take part in supervised school classes, training sessions, activities and excursions. During the evening, students will also have a programme of supervised activities.

All the students have 24-hour emergency assistance.

WEEKLY TIMETABLE

WEEK WITH RUGBY ACADEMY*

SAMPLE WEEKLY TIMETABLE (WITH RUGBY ACADEMY)
TIME MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
9:30-11:00 RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS Full day Excursion Activity day
11:00-11:30 Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break Morning Break
11:30-13:00 RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS RUGBY/CLASS
13:00-14:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:30-16:30 RUGBY RUGBY RUGBY RUGBY Excursion / Rugby
18:00-19:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
EVENING Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity Evening Activity
The school and the English course are approved by the British Council and recognized by the Education and Science Department of the British Government for the teaching of the English language to international students.
* Please note: Schedule is subject to change without notice.

FEES

JulyACCOMMODATION2 WEEKS3 WEEKS4 WEEKS
 LONDON Rugby Academy InternationalHost Family1.790 £3.580 £
LONDON Rugby Academy InternationalResidential U18*1.790 £3.580 £

ENGLISH COURSE

  • Assessment Test
  • 15 hours English classes per week (two 90 minutes lessons per day)
  • Maximum of 15 students per class
  • All Course Materials
  • All levels available, from Elementary (A1) to Advanced (C1).
  • Two teachers working alternately with each class
  • Certificate of Attendance and Completion
  • All our teaching staff are university graduates and qualified to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL)

RUGBY ACADEMY

  • More than 10 hours a week of training and interrelated activities, including educational lessons, coaching, individual skills exercises, development of mental strength, intelligence and rugby abilities
  • Rugby matches and training analysis through video supports
  • Physical fitness, strength and conditioning workshops
  • General and specific nutritional talks
  • All Camp Managers are fully RFU accredited coaches and have additionally completed RFU Safe Rugby and the World Rugby First Aid in Rugby

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • 1 half-day excursion per week
  • 1 full day excursion per week
  • 3 evening activities per week, such as treasure hunt, karaoke, disco

ACCOMMODATION and SUPERVISION

  • Host Family Accommodation with selected families on full board basis (all rooms twin and students shared with a different nationality)
  • College Accommodation on full board basis
  • Located in one of London’s quietest residential areas
  • Supervised access to computer and Internet facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone
  • Flights
  • Airport transfer to family / College and vice versa
  • Subscription to public transport service
  • All that is not included in “the price includes”

INTENSIVE ENGLISH AND EXAMS PREPARATION

  • On request, Intensive English or English for specific purposes
  • On request, preparation for the Cambridge exam which includes additional lessons

RUGBY

  • On request, Scrum Academy
  • On request, High Performance Gym
  • On request, Physiotherapy and rehabilitation

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

  • Extra day with host family: 30,00 £
  • Hot lunch from Monday to Friday at the College canteen: 50,00 £ per week

TRANSPORT

  • Individual Student Arrival and Departure airport transfers: 75,00 £ per person each way (reductions available for groups)
  • Weekly ticket for private school bus (evening activities included): 30,00 £ per week
  • Bus&Tube pass: 2 weeks 70,00 £, 3 weeks 94,00 £, 4 weeks 119,00 £

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