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Interview: Johne Murphy and PSA Academies

In honour of introducing an exciting new rugby training camp in association with our sister company, PSA Academies, headed up by the former French international and national coach Philippe Saint Andre; we sat down with Johne Murphy, ex-Ireland A, Munster and Leicester Tigers player; who is also facilitating the camp as well as joining the camp’s world-class international coaching line up.

Based at the stunning Alpine resort of Tignes; Philippe, Johne and the team are inviting promising young players aged between 10 and 18 for a week of intensive rugby coaching focusing on a wide range of core skills, such as game management, positional play, speed, agility and flexibility.

“My personal belief is that sometimes there’s not enough value given to the core skills,” says Murphy. “Summer training camps improve core skills, as well as being a chance to get away and get to know your teammates, building friendships and bonds while you are away together.”

For Johne, playing rugby began aged 7 at his local club, Cill Dara and having attended sports camps during his youth, Johne believes there are key benefits to attending a training camp such as this in the journey to becoming a professional rugby player, especially as part of player development and pre-season preparation.

“Pre-season training is all about improvements in both your physical development and also your skill development it gives you to chance to concentrate on your core skills and fitness because during the session it is all about match preparation.”

It’s not just the player development and season preparation elements, which make the camp so alluring to young players looking to take their rugby further. Being scouted by Leicester Tigers aged 20; Johne references the potential for players even younger being spotted for talent at camp.

“Being able to play in front of international-level coaches and to pass on our knowledge to young players is massive for me. Giving talented young players a platform to showcase not only their skills on and off the pitch but also their ability to develop is a great opportunity”

The PSA Academies rugby training camp is available at two levels; intermediate for ages 10 to 15 and advanced for 16 to 18 year olds. Available during July for 3 weeks, both individual players and groups can book, with players from all over the world coming together.

Johne Murphy ‘s top tips for becoming a professional rugby player:

  • Love what you do, because you’ll work harder to achieve your goals
  • Listen and take in as much information as possible
  • Build your core skills and never stop working on them
  • Never be afraid to enjoy the journey, enjoy the hard work because it makes it even nicer when you see the rewards

Through our LOtC accreditation, we also are awarded the Adventuremark Quality badge for demonstrating continued high levels of risk management.

Accredited the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge for UK activity provision through the AAIAC.

We are partnered with Endsleigh Insurance to provide our customers with invaluable cover whilst you are with us. Our group policy has been specifically designed for Xplore activities and programmes.


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