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If you want to combine playing sport and learning English in summer, then this summer programme is for you. Choose your sport. If you're into basketball, dance, horse-riding, field-hockey or football then here you'll get a chance to get better at your sport of choice as well as improve your English. So while you're having an awesome time doing that, you'll also be making friends with other English language students from all over the world. And if you think your English is already pretty hot, then you can even do one single sport all day long if you like. 

Sister school to the camps at Clayesmore and Seaford, the speciality courses here are the basketball, horse-riding and hockey (field hockey) programmes. Unlike the other centres, this centre is also open to 17 year olds. We feel it's a great place for slightly more mature kids. As with the other programmes, the focus is on high-quality coaching and English teaching. Whatever your level in either sport or English, there'll be a level for you. Arrival day is Sunday, and on your first Monday you do an English test to find the right level class for you, and later an evaluation of your level in the sport you've chosen.

Depending on your level and the organisation on site, you'll do either sport or English in the morning. It can change... see the example timetable below. For girls, the football option is only available up to age 15.
For parents, the supervision is 24/7. There's a nurse on site and the kids are very well looked after. Three square meals day - of better than expected quality (though never as good as mum's cooking). See "accommodation".
Just a word of caution: the days are packed! (In a good way, parents!) After a day of English and sport, the evenings are full of activities from karaoke to films, discos, quizzes, parties and all sorts of themed-evenings! Be prepared to finish your day exhausted!
Like all our camps, there's a strict limit on the percentage of nationalities/languages at the camp (20% / week) - so it won't be filled with only French-speakers or only Spanish or German-speakers etc etc etc.
NB: This camp fills up very quickly especially for the weeks in July, so please try to book early i.e. before Easter!

English language lessons

All English language teachers are fully qualified and experienced: - not just at teaching English, but at teaching kids and adolescents in an engaging and educational manner. You'll cover grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Of course, outside the classroom you'll get even more speaking and listening practice with the sports instruction! Click on the tab "Courses" to see what's available.

Sports

It doesn't matter how good or bad you are! The sports courses are designed to be top-level coaching for all levels of ability! Like the English language teachers, the sports coaches and instructors are experienced, fully accredited professionals in their own domain (Arsenal football coaches, for example) with a background in coaching at a high level but just as adept at teaching beginners. This makes for a great opportunity to either perfect a sport that you already love or trying something new, all while improving you English. 

The Football option is run is association with Arsenal (the premier league club...) so there's always an Arsenal coach running training with help from local certified coaches. This is one of the very few language summer camps to offer the Arsenal Soccer School programme! Remember this centre is closest to the Emirates... ! Also available for girls aged up to 15.

The basketball option gives you the chance to hone your lay-ups and 3-pointers under the eye of an enthusiastic and qualified coach. Kids come back year after year.

The hockey programme is of course run by the same experts as at Seaford campus. Many of the coaches are county and national team members.
The dance programme is exceptionally popular. The teachers are often professional dancers themselves and they cover a range of styles - though nothing classical!

Excursions

Being close to Peterborough and Cambridge, you're never far from excellent stuff at Oundle. If you’re staying for more than a week, weekend excursions are included in the price of your stay. And it's not just about fun. Prior to each excursion, you’ll be taught the necessary English vocabulary and provided with all the information needed to ensure you have a great time (and improve your English a bit more...)! 
Trips to a theme or water park take place on Saturdays and cultural visits to touristic destinations take place on Sundays. You’ll travel to and from different places by bus, supervised by one staff member for every 6 – 10 students, depending on the age of the group. 

Activities

After a day of sport, you’ll join in with evening activities including karaoke, quizzes and a Friday night disco. Games are also organised outdoors so you can play with your coach – or against them! Younger students stay on campus throughout their stay, while older students (15 – 16 years old) have a bit more freedom and can go on supervised excursions, such as to the cinema or bowling mid-week.

Location

Oundle is one of the oldest boarding schools in England and stills regularly ranks in the top 5. The school has the same name as the town, with the town growing up around the school. It's the kind of England we see in postcards with beautiful old stone buildings and low walls. The school is about 2 hours north of London, (close to Peterborough beyond Cambridge) but of all the centres it's the closest school to the Emirates stadium in north London. (The football option often offers a tour to the Emirates as an excursion!). There's an indoor pool here (awesome for a rainy British summer's day!). It's got great playing fields for sport and excellent tennis facilities.

Arrivals and Departures

Students are welcomed and transferred in groups to and from airports and train stations. If you arrive outside of a pre-arranged arrival time, an additional cost will be incurred as a private taxi must be organised. There are several transfers during day, but delays do occur occasionally. If you really don't want your child to wait at all, pay for a private transfer, but it's a very expensive option for not much gain.

Transfers

Transfers from and to:

Airports: Heathrow (LHR) ou Gatwick (LGW)
Train station: St Pancras

  • £75 one-way : £150 return
  • Out of hours private transfers: 
  • £150 one-way

*Please  stay within the specified arrival times.
Please note that, in accordance with UK Border Control rules and regulations, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the airport/international station. Therefore, if your child’s flight/train departure time is booked outside of standard transfer times, Out Of Hours Transfer fees will apply. Students cannot wait by themselves.

Schedule

  • Arrivals Sundays 10:00 to 15:00
  • Departures Saturdays 12:00 to 17:00

*NB - These are take-off and landing times of the aircraft (train arrival/departure)!
Outside these times you're billed for a private transfer.

Sample Timetable

 

Day Morning 12h30 Afternoon Afternoon 2 Evening
Sun. Excursion Lunch Arrivals/Excursion Excursion Games/Disco/FUN
Mon. Option or English Lunch Option or English Option or English Games/Disco/FUN
Tues. Option or English Lunch Option or English Option or English Games/Disco/FUN 
Wed. Option or English Lunch Option or English Option or English  Games/Disco/FUN
Thurs. Option or English Lunch Option or English Option or English  Games/Disco/FUN
Fri. Option or English Lunch Option or English Option or English  Games/Disco/FUN
Sat. Depart/Excursion   Depart/Excursion Depart/Excursion Games/Disco/FUN

The information above is for example purposes only.

Testimonies

Mes deux enfants sont partis avec leur 2 copains et il faut dire qu'au début ils étaient très angoissés et stressés à l'idée de devoir passer 2 semaines en Angleterre.
Darin et surtout Nora se sont très rapidement adaptés et intégrés et ont tout de suite adoré le camp, au point que Nora ne voulait plus rentrer.....!
Voilà le feedback que je peux vous donner après avoir discuté avec mes deux enfants:
- très bon accueil, bonne organisation lors de l'arrivée
- chambres ok. endroit un peu isolé mais cela n'avait pas l'air de les déranger.
- très bon encadrement, tous les coachs étaient sympas
- bon niveau de basket, Darin a eu beaucoup de plaisir à s'entraîner, il a trouvé que le niveau était bon et son entraîneur SUPER TOP.
- Nora a bien aimé la danse, elle s'est bien amusée.
- Ils se sont facilement intégrés et ont fait beaucoup de connaissances/copains.
- Anglais: c'est difficile pour moi de juger. Ce qui est certain, c'est qu'ils ont gagné en aisance et ont moins de blocage. Ils ont l'air d'avoir apprécié. Ils sont maintenant aussi conscients du fait que l'anglais reste la langue prioritaire, ce qui n'était pas le cas avant.
- Repas /alimentation: c'est peut-être le seul point négatif, ils n'ont pas trop aimé: trop de "pommes de terre".... !
Globalement le retour que nous pouvons vous donner est très positif, ils étaient enthousiastes et prêts à repartir l'année prochaine pour une nouvelle aventure !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beaucoup de fous rires et maintenant la nostalgie. Un grand merci pour tout!

Liana BA., maman de Nora & Darin