Play Rugby and learn English

Rugby and English


English and Rugby Summer Camps

The Play Rugby and learn English summer camps allow students to improve their English while participating in a specific Rugby training programme.
Learning English as a Second Language through sport activities gives immense benefits to students. It promotes active learning of the language in any environment and also the intellectual, physical and social development of the learners. Our Rugby and English Summer Camps combine the English language and your preferred sport to give you a lifetime experience.

Browse our menu to discover the available Play Rugby and learn English Summer Camps in England, Ireland, New Zealand for Summer 2018.

Rugby is a rapidly growing international sport and is gaining popularity in every country around the world.
English is spoken at a useful level by a quarter of the world population [Quoting: British Council].


In the classroom, students are encouraged to learn English through a general English course and inspired to discover more about a particular sport like rugby. Conversations in small groups are always promoted by the teachers so students can interact regarding a specific topic. In addition to a classroom-learning environment, students will be educated in the outdoors or at the sports complex. As result students become more familiar with the vocabulary related to the sporting activity selected. In the follow-up period, students will begin their sporting activity.
Athletes are more expressive in using the English Language after the sports activities. They are more confident and motivated than when they were in the classroom. As result, there is a better social interaction and a sense of teamwork among classmates and definitely an improvement in the use of the English Language.
Play Rugby and learn English English and Rugby Summer Camps in England, Ireland, New Zealand provide each athlete with the best possible teaching and coaching staff with the aim to empower the learners to reach their full potential via a high quality and inspiring education.


 Students 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).

Courses program, level test and teaching method Courses are organized considering the linguistic ability of students: in fact students are tested the day of arrival in order to understand their level of knowledge of the English language, after which they are placed in appropriate level classes and will continue their course by taking the approach “from beginner to advanced”.
Our method requires that the student is always at the centre of the educational process and then evaluated in the various phases of the acquisition of language skills.
The program is focused on well-known teaching materials and classic publications combined with the most modern teaching methods, in order to achieve the goal of improving pronunciation, skills and oral fluency.
Certificate After completion of the English Course, a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to each student. It certifies the progress made and the level of English reached.


Our programme has been created in conjunction with the “long term player development programme” fostered by the Irish Rugby Football Union.
All athletes will learn the essential techniques required to play safe, they will learn and develop new skills and ways to express themselves in a team environment. There will be “humbleness” that comes by working within a group and the “conscientiousness” for the safety and enjoyment of all players involved. The focus will be on individual skills and techniques in communication and in the ability to make decisions. We encourage fun and healthy competitions.

Coaching All participants will be assisted, coached and guided by IRFU professional coaches, professional players and well experienced English teacher. All our coaching staff are native English speaker.
Particular emphasis will be placed on the following topics: individual skills and techniques; mini-unit skills and team skills; communication and the ability of make decisions.
The Rugby Academy is open to players of any level. Our programme maintains the fun aspects of rugby and promotes rugby’s core values: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship. Enjoyment will be considered a fundamental aspect of the rugby programme.

Rugby course contents Athletes will have more than 10 hours a week of training and interrelated activities which include theoretical lessons, coaching and individual skills workout, development of the mental strength, intelligence and rugby abilities. Matches and trainings will be analysed through video supports.


Host Families Students attending Play Rugby and learn English should stay with host families. All our families are inspected and carefully selected by our accommodation officers who maintains 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 different nationality. Unless specifically requested there is only one student of any particular nationality in each family.
 Students normally travel to classes each day by public transport like bus, DART (suburban train) or LUAS (tram) in Dublin. Living with a host family gives a perspective into Irish family life. The interaction with a host family plays a prominent role in developing language skills.

College 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 extra curricular environment which serves to develop each student to their full all round potential. The Play Rugby and learn English 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 range of snacks. It is open before school and at break times.


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 and combine academic excellence with sensitivity and receptiveness to each student’s individual needs, talents and potential.
All teachers are university graduates with qualifications in teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and are well-respected for their knowledge and professionalism.
The courses are structured on 5 levels (CEFR) divided into 20 lessons per week, to precisely meet the linguistic and organizational standards imposed by ACELS in Ireland the British Council in the UK.
Our experienced rugby staff have a vast amount of experience in providing top quality coaching to young players. All coaches are fully accredited and qualified IRFU and RFU coaches and have additionally completed IRFU and RFU Safe Rugby and the IRB First Aid in Rugby.
We guarantee every student will live a unique experience choosing any of our English and Rugby Summer Camps.



The Test of Interactive English (TIE) is designed specifically to meet the needs of all students coming to Ireland to learn and improve their English. It is intended for learners on either long or short courses, with the results issued within 15 working days of the test being taken.



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    Rugby is ...

    • A fun way to promote youth development.

      Jack, U.S.A.

    • Rugby is a religion!

       Edoardo, Italy

    • Como mis padres, me enseñó esfuerzo en cada jugada, silencio y respeto a las decisiones arbitrales, trabajo en cada entrenamiento, humildad con tus compañeros y oponentes, honestidad en el juego, respecto a tu capitán y entrenador. Todo esto me ha echo mejor persona y por eso creo que no hay un deporte con tantos valores como el rugby.

      Xoan, Spain
    • Rugby is my favourite sport because it is both very physical and technical. It is all about the team and it has got great values.

      Josselin, France

    • Rugby, one of the best way to grow and become a fully accomplished human being: group life, self-esteem and respect!

      Anne, France

    •  Rugby is: sweat, sacrifice, passion, something more than a  simple sport! It turns you into the depths of your soul by helping to survive in everyday life!

      Eric, Italy