We have 15 years of experience providing first class learning, sporting and cultural experiences to individuals as well as providing training camps for some of the top professional sports teams (Leinster Rugby & Stade Francais Rugby). Our duty of care has been acknowledged by some of the top schools in Ireland and the United Kingdom who are regular customers. With our sister location now in Dublin we intend to continue and develop our business while never losing site of our core values.
Stade Francais, Paris
“On behalf of all at the Stade Francais professional rugby team, a big thanks for the organisation of the trip. The facilities are fantastic, the food was perfect, the setting idyllic and the amount of work we were able to do in such a relatively short period of time was just what we were looking for. ”
Richard Pool Jones, Director of Rugby, Vice-President
“My son attended your programme in July 2012 and he had an excellent experience. The rugby training was extremely focused and well organised, the classes were practical and interesting and the boys were kept busy with plenty of other sporting activities which were very well supervised. ”
Kings Hospital, Dublin
“We got everything we wanted out of the trip: plenty of pitch time and brilliant non rugby activities which challenged the boys and brought them together. Venue is perfect, safe and few distractions. We will be back same time next year. ”
Matt Jarvis, Head of rugby, Kings Hospital
Catholic University School
“For any aspiring rugby player time spent at the wonderful facilities provided by Rugby and French at Soustons is a dream come true. Located right in the heart of French rugby country all of your rugby needs and more are catered for! ”
Danny Dent, Catholic University School, JCT coach 2011/2012
“Leinster U 17 Schools chose the rugby and French base in south-west France as their base for their game and training camp this April. The facilities were excellent, the food was excellent and plentiful and ideal for our needs. ”
Gerry Murphy Leinster Rugby – April 2012
Parent, Granada Spain – Summer 2011
“… We would like to be in contact with you because he really wants to go again to the summer camp. You taught him a different style to play rugby and the summer camp really changed his attitude, talking about the fitness and the diet. We have to say you about that, thank you very much. Now, he has lost 8 kg and he is more like himself and the other people.
Thank you for all and for all the teams efforts. We will be in contact. ”
Parent – Summer 2011
“… Our son loved his time away and returned imbued with interest, great ideas and skills he hadn’t practised in Ireland. All in all a wonderful experience … lads need a lot of POSITIVE psychology – this was used in abundance … and needs to be reinforced here in Ireland with coaches at the various clubs. Unless lads are encouraged, praised – whether they win or lose, and told that they are brilliant and CAN DO IT they will lose interest and drop it as they head toward Leaving Cert.
Anyway, the French idea is brilliant … we need more of it.”
St. Josephs, Ipswich
“We took our U15 side to The Rugby and French Camp in Soustons this October half term for a training and team building week in preparation for the rest of their season. The staff and boys had an absolutely marvellous week with some great games of rugby and excellent activities including high wires, surfing, paintballing and kayaking. The accommodation and food were first class and as a venue and base for a rugby tour the camp is ideal. As well as having the excellent facilities, including 2 top class floodlight pitches, having access to several skills and conditioning sessions with Nigel was perfect and the ideal ‘change of voice’ for our lads as they look to embark on what we hope will be a successful season. A big thanks and well done to all – we will be back with our seniors for pre-season and with the Under 15’s same time next year!”
Mark Patterson – Director of Sport, St. Josephs College, Ipswich – October 2011
Parent – June 2011
“… Just a short note to say a big thanks for the Camp.
Simon learnt a lot in so many ways and has matured as both a player and a young man. His phone calls started off a bit like:
“Hello Mother, Hello Father, Here I am in Camp …”
but by the end he was too busy to call.
Many Thanks. …”
Parent – June 2011
“… Just a note of appreciation for Nigel, Kevin and his team. Our two teenage sons aged 14 and 16 attended in late June 2011 and they had a wonderful time. They both go to a rugby playing boarding school and this camp in Soustons was an excellent experience for both of them. Mam, Dad and 2 younger members of the family combined their holiday in a nearby rural French village and it worked out brilliantly. At no stage over the 12 days were the two boys unhappy. Great weather, healthy diet and great camaraderie. Hopefully can get around to fitting it in next year, as it is great to see new friends being made in such an enjoyable location. Thanks again. Very satisfied parents. …”
Gonzaga College, Dublin
“… just arrived home. Tour was a great success and the lads really enjoyed it. The games were excellent and the hospitality superb. Many thanks for the excellent organisation. …”
Bobby Byrne – Senior Rugby Coach, Gonzaga College Dublin – Madrid trip Jan 2011
St. Josephs, Ipswich
“… boys loved it. Fantastic venue. The boys were occupied all the time, perfect for team building. Coaching sessions by the mad Irish man were very well received. Excellent hospitality and plenty of good local rugby. …”
Graham Richards – First Team Coach, St. Josephs, Ipswich – October 2010
Haberdashers Aske School
“… The annual trip to Biarritz has become an integral part of the development of our boys both as rugby players and citizens since we first came in 2003. The boys enjoy five action packed days where they are challenged to live together in rooms of 3-5 boys, play rugby against local opposition, surf in the Atlantic and complete an assault course, high up in the trees. Other options include mountain biking, sailing and canoeing. The boys soon realise that they must rely on one another to get the most from this experience and close friendships are formed. The trip is organised superbly by Rugby and French and we thoroughly enjoy the company and insight of the resident Irish Basque Nigel Osborne I cannot recommend this tour highly enough for the personal development of any youngster. …”
Al Metcalfe – Haberdashers Aske School – October 2010
St. Marys RFC 1st XV
“… I’m very happy with how the week went. It was perfect preparation for the season The facilities/accommodation/food/assistance were all first class. The game against St Jean De Luz was perfect, good intensity and well contested, they put on a great feed after the game and the craic was brilliant. …”
Ciaran Potts – Head Coach St. Marys RFC 1st XV
Wesley College Dublin
“… Another great trip, the boys thoroughly enjoyed it and we are looking forward to returning again next year …”
Iain Wallace – Head of Rugby Wesley College Dublin
Prep School Barbarians
“… Great experience for the boys. The games and activities were excellent and we look forward to next year already. …”
Chris Terry – Chairman Prep School Barbarians
Ballymena Academy 1st XV
Quote from Ballymena Academy 1stXV Management team following the trip!
“… 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, …”
Suttonians U16 April 2009
We visited Soustons on the weekend of the Basque Derby between Bayonne and Biarritz and the brilliant atmosphere of the occasion was just one of many facets of a marvellous tour package organised by Nigel Osborne of Rugby and French.com. Nigel’s coaching style and knowledge were well received by the team who were particularly impressed that he had managed to get his Wanderers jersey on the wall of a restaurant we visited owned by an ex player of the Biarritz club along with many famous International Players. Despite changeable weather we had one morning of glorious sunshine when we surfed on the Soustons beach and this was deemed by many as the highlight of the non-rugby activities which included high wires and paintballing. The players were also to learn one of the hazards of touring and arrived at the grounds of St Jean de Luz Olympique for a match on the saturday afternoon after three hours sleep and an exhausting morning on the hire wires. An English team, Shrewsbury Under 17s also turned up looking for a match and we played a triangular tournament won by the English in a final savage encounter against the French.
During the weekend we also managed to complete our fitness testing as part of the club’s Pathway Development programme.
The Pathway is a non elitist approach to the development of young players which assumes that anybody can become a good rugby player if they put in the necessary time and effort. I would have no hesitation in recommending a trip to Soustons as an integral part of future Pathway teams to expose players to the joy of touring and the development of respect, friendship, camaraderie and team spirit, through rugby.
Haberdashers Aske’s School, London
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.
“…had an absolutely fantastic time and cannot wait until next year. He has roped two more friends in for next year, one from Leinster and one from Munster. We, as parents, were thrilled that they got on so well and enjoyed it so much. They were obviously well looked after. It was really good for them from a personal development point of view – well worth every penny. Keep me updated on dates for next year.”
Some recent quotes
“He really enjoyed his stay in France and we will await this year’s rugby season to see the improvement in his skills but more importantly his enjoyment of being part of a team sport. Thank you for your making the experience, his first away on his own so enjoyable.”
“… really enjoyed the Summer Camp and is very interested in returning in July or August 2010 (after his exams) so as soon as you have details for summer 2010 please forward to me.”
“Once again Conor had a super time in France again this year, many thanks to Nigel and all the people involved in running a great camp.”
“… returned from the last camp a happy, confident, independent boy. We had sent him hoping he would become more confident and learn a little French and rugby. The course surpassed our hopes. It was excellent – apart from coming home very self confident and independent – he also learnt a huge amount of rugby skills and drills and even his French improved. I could not speak highly enough of the course and the positive effects of it on him. He has lost some of his shyness which is marvellous. He enjoyed all aspects of the course. Most of all he adored the rugby but also the many other activities organised.”
Various parents 2009
Peter Clohessy – Parent, Munster and Irish Legend
“He’s training like a mad thing since he got back, can’t be a bad thing, he loved the camp but thought it was tough. Has been great for him and his rugby, first thing he said at the airport was that he wanted to go back next year. Brilliant.”
Philip Matthews – Parent, Captain of Ulster, Ireland and the Irish and British Lions
“The rugby and French camp was a fantastic experience coaches were great with plenty of individual attention. The other activities added greatly to the experience.
He is mad keen to go back next year. Brilliant.”
Kevin Potts – I.R.F.U.
“We are delighted with our partnership with rugby and French, it has provided an excellent opportunity to help develop young rugby players of all abilities in an enjoyable environment”
Ennis RFC Under 16’s
“Just a few short lines to thank you for your hospitality over the weekend. As you know we had 29 children and 12 adults and every person that travelled has asked me to express their thanks for a fantastic few days.
Everything from the accommodation to the food to the rugby was top class. All the kids enjoyed the onsite facilities such as the high wire and more especially the rugby against Tyrosse. That was a very sporting game played at a high standard that can only improve our skills and expectations as a team.
Our first team coach Richie Murphy has commented to our youth officer that
“this is the way to go”
so you can expect enquiries from Ennis RFC coaches for next year. ”
Gerry Lynch, Mike Corey, Martin O’Connor
Coaches Ennis RFC Under 16’s
Bective Rangers FC
Just a quick e-mail on behalf of the 110 travelling party from the ‘Mini Rugby’ section at Bective who were with you in Soustons / Biarritz at the weekend. We all had a ball …
• Great Company
• Great Place
• Great Fun
• Great Craic
• Great Staff
• Great Food and above all
• Great Rugby.
Thx on behalf of myself, the president and everyone in Bective for a fantastic weekend.
Bective Rangers, Director of Rugby May 2008
De La Salle Palmerstown
“We took twenty five boys from our under 13s to Soustons over the May Bank Holiday week-end. Nigel Osborne put together a great programme that had everyone on the go for the whole week-end. Highlights of the trip included the tour of Biarritz Olympique’s ground including the dressing-rooms and gym. We also played their under 13s and it was a good introduction to rugby as they play it in the South of France! We went to see Bayonne play Montpelier in the Top 14 – a great match and a cracking atmosphere. We even managed to fit in a swim on the beach at Biarritz on that action packed day!”
“The facilities in Soustons are fantastic with great rugby pitches, a host of activities on site including sailing and high-wires. And yes the balmy, sunny weather was a welcome change from Ireland. If you want a varied and well run programme that includes rugby, activities and good accommodation in a lovely part of France then look no further that the Rugby and French Centre in Soustons.”
DLSP Under 13s May 2008
Some recent quotes
“My son Ben attended the camp in the summer 2007. He had an amazing time and couldn’t stop talking about it when he got home. He found all the coaches really friendly and very encouraging and it did wonders for his self esteem both on and off the field. He made lots of new friends and still keeps in touch with many of them. However, the real testament to the great time he had is that he is going back in 2008 !!”
“Thanks so much, our 15 year old who normally is not the most talkative kept us up for 3 hours telling us about his wonderful time at camp. The training sessions, matches and the scandal.”
“Thanks so much, not a day goes by without a mention of Soustons, his rugby has come on in leaps and bounds particularly in the contact area.”
“Thanks for the 2nd year in a row you have managed to get a 10 out of 10 from a group of 15 year olds who want to go again next year.”
Various clients 2007
Presentation College Cork
All the boys got home safe and sound, they had a fantastic time and seemed genuinely very impressed with the set up and the quality of the coaching. They are talking about August next year as they will be in competition in September and it would be an excellent pre-season. Thanks again for looking after them so well and hope the rest of the Summer goes smoothly for you.
Parent, Presentation College Cork July 2007
Thanks for a superbly organised trip to Biarritz for our U-16 Squad in April last. The organisation of the full trip was second to none and it really bonded the boys for the remainder of the season culminating in the winning of the U-16 Cup. I will be recommending this trip for future Garryowen tours. Best wishes for the future.
Tom Barry,Garryowen U16.
All are in agreement that it was an excellent weekend and that the standard of both coaching and activities were top class.
A really great time was had by all.
I would like to thank Kelvin and you especially for the very hands on approach that was taken in making sure that we all had a great weekend.
John Murray,Shannon RFC Under 16 Tour 2007.
Crescent College Comprehensive S.J.
Our visit to the French Sports and Language Centre, was well worth while on many fronts. The quality of the rugby coaching, team preparation and the individual skills, was excellent, while the extra activities of surfing and sailing were instrumental in developing team spirit. I would recommend the centre to any individual or team who want to progress to the next level in their personal rugby development
W.Dudley Herbert.,Senior Coach Crescent College Comprehensive S.J. & Munster Schools U.18 Head Coach.
CBC Monkstown SCT 2006/7
On behalf of all form the CBC senior cup team who travelled to Soustons this autumn I wish to thank you for the welcome, the excellent coaching from yourself and Kelvin Leahy, the water activities and the game against Biarritz Olympique and all the excellent food and facilities made available to our team. Our senior cup team hope to return again next October.
Pat Fox, Vice Principal & Head coach SCT Rugby
Kings School, Macclesfield
The pre season u 15 trip to the south of France was a huge success. The French sports and language centre ltd proved to be an excellent venue providing a disciplined environment with groups from various sports combining language lessons, training for their respective sports and a whole range of onsite water sports. The discipline of communal regular meals for all groups and the expectation of cleaning up after themselves (including sweeping the floors) set the tone. This was combined with a huge range of fun activities and quality rugby training sessions. We played 2 games against Kings’ Ely and against a group of Irish boys .the tour finished on a high when we were guests at a famous rugby restaurant and hotel owned by a former Biarritz player. The walls were adorned with jerseys from players from all around the world. The tour party was addressed by Richard pool Jones (ex Kings’ school 1st xv captain) his inspirational speech about his life in rugby and his time at kings hit just the right note. Richard was captain of rugby at kings, played of England schools, England students and the full England xv .he played in 2 varsity games for Cambridge was the youngest barbarian for their centenary match and the first Englishman to play in the French cup final. He played for Biarritz and twice played in the European cup final for Stade Francais. He is now a commentator on French TV and described as the French ‘Gary Linekar’
Andy Rice Head of Rugby, Kings School Macclesfield
Haberdashers Aske’s School, London
Many thanks and congratulations on the wonderful experience you have created for the boys in the South of France. They were delighted with the insight into the country and also with the rugby they played. Special thanks for the extras like the meal at the bon coin and the rugby festival .they are already very keen to organise next year’s trip
C Bass, Haberdashers Aske’s School, London.
“Thank you very much for everything you did for the lads, they had a brilliant time and want to go back again next year.
Their faces said it all when I met them at the airport.
They are back raring to go and started straight into the Medallion Shield training on Tuesday and of course they are the fittest. There are a few envious boys here in Ballymena and I bet you will have some more recruits next year from here.”
The French Sports and Language Centre Newpark Comprehensive U14’s October 2006
A trip with an U14’s side can pose difficulties no matter where you travel but travelling abroad brings its own extra potential difficulties. However the key is to keep them active all the time and give them plenty of space to do it in.
When we arrived in Bordeaux to a very calm easy to negotiate airport we were extremely well looked after. We travelled on a more than comfortable bus to Soustons where we were whisked very quickly in for dinner. One of the really excellent things about the centre is the routine particularly surrounding meals, because of the space available everyone is fed at the same time every morning, lunch time and evening, therefore preventing any confusion and the boys know exactly when things are happening. The food was well balanced and nutritious with both lunch and dinner being plentiful and out of 30 boys we had no complaints.
We stayed in chalets close to the centre which were warm, comfortable and well contained, we spent most of the day either at the centre or at the beach so it was only in the evenings that we returned here and not usually until after 9pm. The activities during the 4 days really kept the boys focussed and added an extra element, surfing, sailing, canoeing were all great supplements to the rugby.
We played 3 games while there, Biarritz and Crescent Comprehensive School Junior side, it was a fantastic experience for the boys to be playing matches abroad and mingling with players from other areas that they may not get to meet otherwise. The coaching and advice they received was very high quality and they are still talking about it 2 weeks later. This side were enthusiastic already but this enthusiasm has been rejuvenated by their trip.
The situation is beautiful, the weather was good and all of our students developed both their rugby skills and their personal skills too. The French Sports and Language Centre was a very enjoyable experience for all concerned and I am sure we will be returning again.
Morgan Lennon Newpark Comprehensive School Blackrock Co Dublin
Christian Brothers Cork
“On behalf of all from C.B.C. who travelled to Soustons this Autumn I wish to thank you for the welcome. the excellent coaching from yourself and Kelvin, the water activities and the visit to Biarritz Olympique and the food and facilities available to our boys. Our S.C.T hopes to go again next year.”
Pat Fox, Christian Brothers Cork
ST ANDREW’S COLLEGE JCT PRESEASON CAMP AT RUGBYANDFRENCH.COM FACILITIES IN SOUSTONS FRANCE.
The camp is ideally located just a short flight from Dublin via either Bilbao or Bordeaux. From the moment we touched down in Bilbao everything was run very efficiently. Transport was always on time throughout our trip which makes traveling with 22 teenagers much more tolerable!
The facilities are superb with dormitories or tents for the players and dormitories for the accompanying coaches that were spotlessly clean with plenty of sheets, pillows and hot water. The food is excellent raging from paella to cous cous to ratatouille with plenty of bread and cheese thrown in. We chose to get our team up at 630am for their first rugby / fitness session. But officially the first session is at 9.30am with another one in the afternoon depending on when the afternoon activity of sailing, surfing, canoeing etc finishes.
All coaching sessions from the very first one on the day of arrival to the last one before departure were conducted professionally keeping the emphasis on skills and performing them in game like situations. Both Nigel Osborne and Billy Davison were excellent in their ability to coach the specific skills we wanted and even after 10 years plus of rugby coaching I learnt a lot of different angles to teaching skills that I will be able to use for the future.
The location in the south of France allowed us to visit Biarritz for some sightseeing and also attend a Leinster vs Dax preseason game. The village of Soustons itself is within easy walking distance of the camp and there is a local shop and a market on the weekends. All in all from this first preseason camp we have had a marvelous experience and it has been ideal preparation for the JCT team. I can’t recommend this camp enough and we are already planning to take our SCT team to Soustons next August. Many thanks Nigel and all at Rugbyandfrench.com for a fantastic start to our season.
David Jones,Head of Rugby St Andrew’s College Dublin
“Absolutely superb week! Very well organised great coaching and facilities. The boys improved massively as a team thanks to the time available to coach and the quality of coaching received. The multi activities that the lads took part in were fantastic and helped the boys develop a good team spirit. I would recomend anyone to go and will hopefully be returning myself in October with our U15.”
Sean Holden, Master in charge Rugby, Sevenoaks School.
“Just a brief note of thanks for all the organisation that went into making the lads stay enjoyable and successful in Soustons. The kids really enjoyed the rugby experience and your coaching in particular, I’ve learnt a lot myself from watching and plan to put it into action at our next session. I wouldn’t mind keeping in touch and getting some ideas from you on session planning and improving areas of the team and individual performance as they arise.”
Wanderers U12′s Tour
“Everyone had a fab time. The lads that didn’t travel were very disapointed. I have pictures and I will send them. The word is, ‘it was the best weekend they ever had!’
Thank you for everything…………Yvonne”
Crescent College Comprehensive JCT
“Situated in Soustons near Biarritz the Rugby and French camp is ideal preparation for a cup team. Run by Nigel Osborne, the facilities are excelllent, he will tailor make a training regime which will suit most teams. There are also high quality games available in this region one of the hotbeds of French rugby.”
Chris Cullinan,Crescent College Comprehensive JCT
“M. managed to get selected for the Leinster schools u16s squad this week (as did NJ, who was also on the camp), and although it was just ten days last summer I think you helped enormously in building his confidence, his enjoyment of the game, and his skills level. So thanks”
Craig really enjoyed the trip and would definitely recommend it to others, he made a lot of friends from other schools that he will play against for the next few years. He really appreciated your coaching and drills.
“The rugby training was out of the top drawer, the relationship that developed between coach and players U14′s and U16′s was exceptional over a short period of time. I could wax lyrically about this trip, as could the other coaches and the players, actions speak louder that words. We will be returning in 2005.”
Myles Mc Partland,U14 Coach, Thurles RFC
“He was very impressed with the training and encouragement he received from all the crew. Anytime we spoke to him during the 10 days the words that were repeated time and again were, Brilliant, super, Fantastic, excellent, class!!!. This applied to both the rugby and non rugby activities. I will be recommending your trip to all and sundry with any interest in rugby”
Harrow School, Middlesex
“Harrow staff and pupils were delighted with the rugby atmosphere in particular and the sporting ambience in general that we found… The coaching sessions were well organised and presented and one was very aware of Tim Horan’s influence in the selection of work that was covered. Nigel Osborne and his staff were very professional in delivering just what we required. A few days to get a team gelled together, expose them to new ideas and most importantly have a lot of fun doing it.”
Roger M Uttley, OBE, MA Former British and Irish Lions Coach and England Manager and Coach.
“He is now playing on the U-14 ‘A’ Squad. He had a marvellous time in France and said it was the best camp he had ever attended. He is also more enthusiastic about French and has asked to sign up for a night class in the Alliance.
Thanks again for looking after him.”