Rugby Academy Ireland – a serious learning pathway programme!

Transition Year Students

So what are YOU going to do with YOUR Transition Year? Are you aca-demically or non-academically minded? Are you active or have an interest in sports? Are you interested in travelling the world?

Transition Year Advisors

How do you advise your students about a bespoke Learning Pathway Programme (LPP) that develops an aspiring male or female athlete to a potential career at the highest levels within rugby or sport. Playing or business support and administration  roles with accredited international  qualifications available?

Transition Year Opportunities

What better way to spend a Transition Year than to attend a course that offers a fantastic oppor-tunity to maximise the time given to our youngsters? Graduates at 16 or 17 can play rugby across the globe or qualify as Strength and Conditioning (S&C), Personal Fitness Coaches etc and ply their trades immediately! There is also potential  for global rugby and sports scholorships.

At only 19 years of age, a recent female graduate has a professional contract with the Irish Women’s 7s rugby team travelling the globe in the HSBC 7s competition. A large number of students, both male and female have represented at Irish provincial and national levels across all age ranges. Best of all, it fits into the school year system!

Rugby Academy Ireland

In 2018, former South African Springboks player Dan Van Zyl, who has coached Leinster Rugby U18, U19 and Women’s teams as well as Irish students, Irish youths and AIL, opened Rugby Academy Ireland, a pioneering independent international rugby academy along with international Asian Nations Cup winning coach and fellow World Rugby educator, Johan Taylor. 

The Academy caters for both males and the ever growing female groups. The ethos is simple: develop the individuals rugby skills to be the best they can be – setting them up for future further development.

There are a range of programmes available that will attract players at all levels from 1-day skill or position specific courses up to their flagship eight month Transition Year or International Year course. 

At the end of the eight months, students will be in a position to apply for a trial with a club across the globe, commensurate to the level they are at.

Learning Pathway Programme

At the heart of the Academy, is the Learning Pathway Programme, an exclusive range of skills and qualifications that assist students through life. From Nutrition to S&C, from Video & Performance Analysis to Coaching, from Refereeing to Sports Psychology and a host of other skills from qualifying in Spin Cycling, Aqua Aerobics, Kettlebells. They now also offer CV and interview training plus the opportunity for a recorded ‘Virtual CV’.

Global Opportunities

Access to and partnering with some of the world’s top former players, coaches, analysts and agencies allows Rugby Academy Ireland not only to be the go-to location but gives YOU access to opportunities across the globe…

What to do next

Parents, TY Advisors and potential students should arrange a call or a visit to the Academy where you can discuss in detail what can be offered whilst your child is in school and potentials for the future.

Contact Johan Taylor (MD) or
Dan Van Zyl (Director of Rugby) on 00353 (0) 86 825 3066 or via

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