Shawnigan Lake School Summer Rugby Academy: July 8th - 13th, 2012
Published Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:30 am
by Camp Registrar Barkley Logan

Shawnigan Lake School will be hosting their 3rd Annual Residential Summer Rugby Academy from July 8th - 13th, 2012. The Academy offers both a Residential Youth Camp and a Residential Coaching Clinic.

Website: www.slssummerrugbyacademy.com
Camp Registrar is Barkley Logan wjblogan@shaw.ca

The Residential Youth Camp this year will be offered to girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 17 years. Canada U17 Coaches Jim Delaney and François Ratier will focus on skill development and games to ensure that each participant enjoys the experience and recognizes what it takes to play rugby at a national team level. A second tier will also be offered for less experienced players.

Kieran Crowley (Canadian Senior Men’s XVs Coach) and Geraint John (Canadian Senior Men’s 7s Coach) will make guest appearances. Members of the Canadian Representative teams (Men and Women) will assist with activities, coaching and participate as house parents in the dorms.

The camp has the support of Rugby Canada and the BCRU and has been very well received by coaches and players who have attended the program since its inception (see below).


“This camp went beyond my expectations of what I would encounter here. The rooming arrangements, food, activities, facilities, coaching, drills and talent at the camp were extremely impressive. The experience and rugby was flawless, and personally I cannot wait to return to this fabulous camp.”
Thomas Milne

“I would recommend the SLS camp to my friends because the experience was definitely well worth it. It gave me lots of experiences, the coaches were supportive and it was all round good fun. I look forward to coming back again next year.”
Ryan Baigent

"I want to thank you for putting together what was clearly a world class training program for students at Shawnigan Lake this summer. My son has been talking about little else since returning home, and has been inspired by the feedback he received to not only continue his rugby training, but also to pass along the drills and advice the coaches employed so as to improve the training our club will offer to his teammates this coming season (I have pages of notes and diagrams he prepared). I’ve heard all about the wonderful facilities at the school, the amazing food, and the fellowship he enjoyed with the other students. He described it to his friends on his Facebook page as having been the “best week of my life”. As you might imagine then, he is eager to return again next year! You can certainly count on his participation, and our support, should the program be offered in the future."
Christopher B. Doll

"Thank you for your feedback, and the interest that you have taken in our son. It is a proud moment for a parent to hear their son described as a "class act", and I truly value your affirmation that Chris has a special talent for rugby. It has always been my biased opinion, but it carries weight when spoken by someone with your significant experience in the sport that we love, and with young men of his age."
Stephen Woodhead

"Working at the camp last year was an awesome experience. Sean (White) and I had a lot of fun spending time with the young rugby players in and out of the dorms and sharing our rugby experiences with them. A lot of these young guys are the future of Rugby Canada and I think a camp like this is really important because it allows us senior guys to spend extra time with them and really encourage them to continue to develop their skills, and even give guidance to the ones who want to pursue rugby as a career. Another great aspect of the kid's program was that there are a number of recreational players who also benefited from the technical and fun themes. The way that the different ages and skill types came together really was amazing."
Jason Marshall, current member of the Canadian Senior Men’s squad

Additions to the camp this year include a personal fitness program, a visit to the Canadian National Rugby Training Facility in Langford, team building activities, hiking and more off field recreation (along with the lake of course).

The Shawnigan Lake School Rugby Academy will also feature a coinciding Residential Coaching Clinic. Participants will enhance their coaching ability in a collaborative environment using a combination of activities designed to improve individual coaching techniques and provide a better understanding of the methods used by the National level coaches.

This coaching clinic will be led by John Tait, who has worked full time with the Senior Canadian Men and Women since returning from a professional overseas career 7 years ago. His Senior 7's Women's team is currently ranked #1 in the world. John will offer a clearly defined coaching skill set as well as the National 7's Level 1 certificate (extra cost for those interested). More information and updates can be found on the
www.slssummerrugbyacademy.com website.

A Wednesday afternoon golf or fishing excursion (at a reasonable cost) will again be offered, as well as evening socials at the end of each day to enable coaches from throughout the country to exchange perspectives and develop networks for future professional development and camaraderie. Some great connections have already started over the past couple of years. We have so many good and talented people in our Canadian game that rarely get a chance to come together, professionally or socially - this is that chance!

As Karl Fix says, "It's not just a game, it is a way of life!"

Gary Dukelow
Camp Director

Cost (for 6 Day Residential Camp)

The cost includes food, accommodation, tuition; and use of weight room, squash and tennis courts.

Youth Participants: $799 (includes HST)
Adult Coaches: $799 (includes HST)

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