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Rugby And Language FAQs

“We give the Sports & Language Centre in Soustons five stars in every department. We are already planning our visit for next year. Nigel really knows what makes boys tick

Ballymena Academy 1st XV Management team

Rugby and French are compliant with all French laws in relation to working with children.

Rugby And French is now in operation for over 20 YEARS.

Rugby And French is located in a purpose built rugby centre, that includes two permanent rugby pitches, gymnasiums, bicycles, an indoor sports hall, medical room, ice making facilities and classrooms and offices.

All food is produced in a licensed kitchen by professional chefs.

Our goal is to, through our experiences, help educate the young rugby player to enjoy, learn, respect, share and understand the benefits of the game of rugby, not withstanding his level.

As part of our Whole Person approach Rugby And French provides French language classes twice daily as well as, sailing, surfing, and canoeing lessons, along with other pursuits such as hiking and cycling.

Rugby And French is endorsed and used by the Irish Rugby Football Union.


    • 1. How far is the centre from the airport?
    • A: All of the airports we use are within 1 hour and 30 minutes of our base.
    • 2. How do you prevent sunstroke?
    • A: All children must attend outdoor activities with a hat on. They must always have their water bottle and wear a minimum of factor 20 sunscreen.
    • 3. How much French do they learn?
    • A: We will provide a diary with all of the French lessons in it. We ask all parents to acknowledge the receipt of this by signing the diary. This subsequently should let the participant know that you are expecting him to return his diary to you with it properly filled in.
    • 4. What is the food like?
    • A: The food is excellent and very healthy. The centre is used by many international teams with stringent dietary requirements such as the French international rugby teams,the Dutch and German International rowing teams. It is however French and it therefore may be different to what the boys are used to.

    • 5. Who are the supervisors?
    • A: There is a full list of supervisors on the website. They have been through an extensive interview process. All of this process is on record should it be required
    • 6. What happens in case of an injury or illness?
    • A: There are phones situated around the centre with emergency numbers. There is also a first aid room onsite as well as our own first aid staff.
    • 7. What accommodation do they have?
    • A: The boys are in a tented village. These are tents with wooden floors and bunk beds. Each boy receives a pillow and extra blankets should he require them.
    • 8. Are the boys allowed off the campus?
    • A: No, not without our permission or one of the supervisors being with them.
    • 9. Are there other groups at the centre?
    • A: Yes, there are often other French, English, Spanish and German groups who use the centre. This makes for a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
    • 10. Are there washing and laundry facilities?
    • A: Yes. There are washing and drying facilities on site which the boys may use.
    • 11. What coaches do the boys get to see?
    • A: The guest coaches are never confirmed until the last minute due to their hectic schedules but we will endeavour to provide suitably acceptable guest coaches.
    • 12. How can we contact the boys?
    • By phone or email. You will be given these details in their pre-camp pack.
    • 13. Who looks after the money and passports?
    • A: We strongly advise that the boys use the bank facility for all items of value including money and passports.
    • 14. What is the weather like?
    • A: We are based on the Atlantic coast and are therefore liable to more unsettled weather than the Mediterranean coast. The average daytime temperature in July /august is 27 Celsius or 81 Fahrenheit.
    • 15. What is the rugby level?
    A: We cater for all levels. All participants are assessed and given appropriate goals for the course.

“We are all back at school and from the number of parental comments of appreciation, you have another hit tour on your hands! The boys enjoyed themselves immensely and we were treated to some excellent hospitality by the clubs. Please convey our thanks and appreciation to Anglet and Soustons for their attitude and generosity.

We very much enjoyed your company and the manner in which the tour has evolved and it was great to see the new directions you are taking the language teaching. Thank you again for all your work and the spirit in which you have dealt with our particular school group. Serge’s signature is framed already!

C Bass, Haberdashers Aske’s School, London