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School Year Program


Ireland, England and New Zealand are three ideal destinations for young athletes who wish to live a unique school, sport and life experience abroad.
We are happy to assist in finding the most suitable solution for them and organising their experience either for three months only, a semester or for a whole school year, with accommodation in a host family or in a college.
Athletes during the entire period of stay will take part in the College Rugby team and/or join a local rugby club.

During their experience abroad the athletes increase their mental strength and activate their leadership. They improve their sports and personal skills and in their use of English language. Our mission is to prepare all athletes for future challenges on a solid educational foundation.


Our School Year Program student Joaquin from Spain holds the Spanish flag minutes after winning St. Michael’s College fourth Leinster Schools Junior Cup in Donnybrook, Dublin, on March 29th 2017.

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SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMME  open to students aged 10 to 18 years

The School Year Programme is open to students who wish to study in an High School in Ireland, Great Britain or New Zealand and is available at a wide variety of private and state secondary schools. The educational systems offer a broad range of academic subjects in science, business, social, technology and the arts plus a wide range of extra-curricular activities and sports. Athletes during the entire period of stay will take part in the College Rugby team and/or join a local rugby club.

SCOLARSHIP PROGRAMME available to students who are aged 18 years or older

There are opportunities to unify your enjoyment of rugby with your academic aspirations.
A scholarship programme provides players with a professional, competitive and fun under 21’s environment as well as providing a pathway to play professional rugby.

Rugby is a huge part of the programme and at the same time we provide the player with a holistic University experience, enjoying getting the best from themselves on the rugby pitch and in the academic path. There is a vibrant social aspect to both Rugby and University with players making friends for life over the duration of their studies.

Some benefits for successful applicants

  • 100% Full medical cover – injuries, physiotherapy
  • Access to a top class training facility
  • Professional strength & conditioning – tailored, position specific programmes
  • Professional rugby coaches
  • On campus accommodation
  • University bursaries for high performers
  • Opportunity to play as semi-professional in the senior circuit or U21’s rugby.
  • Academic grinds where required
  • And more (if required)


  • 3 supervised gym sessions weekly (choice of times, dependant on academic timetables)
  • Periodic recovery session – pool or massage
  • Training Tuesday and Thursday evenings
  • Video analysis – group
  • Sign for the local club and represent club to best of your ability

Player Profile

We are actively looking for talented rugby players who are hardworking and ambitious. The programme demands honesty as , for the most part, it will be run on a group training basis where camaraderie is a key component of what and how we do things.
If you think you have the ambition to train and get the best from yourself in an environment that will support you both on and off the pitch then please do not hesitate to contact for further details.

Applications will be online and will be open prior to Christmas and close on March 15th 2017. Applicants will be required to attend a training/screening day – date TBC.


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