Rugby Academy Ireland: A Serious Learning Pathway Programm

Students – So what are YOU going to do with YOUR Transition Year….Are you academically 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 both develops an aspiring male or female athlete to a potential career at the highest levels within rugby or sport, either playing or in business support & administration roles with accredited international qualifications

Transition Year Opportunities – What better way to spend a Transition Year than to attend a course that offers a fantastic opportunity to maximise the time given to our youngsters. Graduates at 17 or 18 can play rugby across the globe or are qualified as Strength & Conditioning (S & C) or Personal Fitness Coaches and are plying their trades immediately! 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 students, both male & female have and continue to represent at Irish Provincial & National levels across all age ranges. Best of all, it fits into your 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 & AIL along with international Asian Nations Cup winning coach & fellow World Rugby educator, Johan TAYLOR opened Rugby Academy Ireland, a pioneering independent international rugby academy at the stunning 4* Killashee Hotel, Kildare.

The Academy caters for both males & the ever growing female groups and 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 and that can be built on over time from 1 day skill or position specific courses through to a week/month and up their flagship 8 month Transition Year course. At the end of the 8 months, students will attain a trial with a club across the globe, commensurate to the level they are at.

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 & Physiotherapy and a host of other related skills. We now offer CV & Interview training plus the opportunity for a recorded “Virtual CV”. These are generally available for those attending the 8 month course which attracts students from across the globe.

Global Opportunities – Access to & 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 & potential students should arrange a call or a visit to the Academy where we can all discuss in detail what we offer and how to assist your child or school. Contact Joan TAYLOR (md) or Dan VAN ZYL (Director of Rugby) on 00353 (0) 45 897 834 or via

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