Leinster School of Excellence

16 years of superb coaching at Leinster School of Excellence

What is the Leinster School of Excellence?

The Leinster Rugby School of Excellence has been in existence for 16 years and is one of the most successful rugby camps in Ireland which is aimed to develop players and fine-tune their skills. The camp was originally started by former Leinster Academy Manager and now IRFU High Performance Manager Colin McEntee. The content of the camp has been developed with the game in recent years and as a result has become the highlight of the summer calendar for many players.

The camp is hosted in the The Kings Hospital School, Palmerstown, which has been its home since its conception in 1998. The school provides excellent facilities both on and off the pitch to allow the players get the most from their experience.The School of Excellence takes place over July and August. Each camp is a week in duration with the option of residential accommodation offered.

Its aim is to provide players from 12-16 years old (born between 1998 - 2002) with a comprehensive rugby package which allows them to experience similar conditions to players at the top level. Camp goers can learn to play the Leinster way as they will gain greater understanding of the game and learn about values such as team work, commitment, integrity and communication.

Players should expect to partake in a structured rugby development programme and emphasis will be placed on skill development, game understanding, activity and enjoyment. In particular, players will develop core rugby skills and learn to perform them under challenging conditions through high class coaching in a professional environment. Positional clinics are run during the week with guest coaches and Leinster Rugby Academy players who provide a keen insight into the specific requirements needed for each area.

Dates of the Leinster School of Excellence 2014

Camp #1 Monday 21st - Friday 25th July

Camp #2 Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August

Camp #3 Monday 4th - Friday 8th August

Camp #4 Monday 11th - Friday 15th August

Ben Armstrong - Head Coach and Administrator

Eric Miller - Coach (Former Leinster, Ireland and British & Irish Lions Player)

Summer Camp Participants

How do I book a place?

For a place on the Leinster Rugby School of Excellence, a non-residential camp costs €275 and €375 for a residential camp.

A deposit for 25% of the total booking fee can be paid now in order to secure your place.

All cheques should be made payable to Leinster Rugby and sent to:

Leinster Rugby,

Newstead Building A,



Dublin 4.

To Book Online:

To book via Post:

Click HERE to download application form. Please print, fill in and send to the address mentioned below.

Queries to:

Tom McKeown at tom.mckeown@leinsterrugby.ie or call him on 0879705671.


The King's Hospital School, Palmerstown, D.20.

Situated at the M50 / N4 junction opposite Liffey Valley Shopping Centre

Girl's School of Excellence Programme

In an exciting new development, Leinster Rugby is running a high quality summer programme for female rugby players aged between 13 and 18 years of ages in The King's Hospital non-residential camp from the 21st-25th of July in conjunction with the boys programme.

The camp will run from 10-4pm daily, will focus on core rugby skills and therefore, it is not necessary to have previous playing experience. Players can expect to develop their evasion, passing and contact skills as well as improve their game understanding through attack over loaded games.

The players will receive coaching from Leinster Rugby Development Officers Jennie Bagnall and Sophie Spence. Sophie is a grand slam winner with Ireland from 2013 and competed in all of Ireland's Six Nations games this year too as well as securing the Inter-provincial crown with Leinster Women. Participants will also receive a visit from Leinster Rugby Academy player.

Lunch will be provided daily and each participant will receive a 'Leinster School of Excellence' pack, which will include an Official Canterbury of New Zealand T-shirt and Shorts.

How do I book a place?

The programme for the Girl's Leinster School of Excellence Camp costs €100 (introductory fee) and is a non-residential only camp based in The King's Hospital.

To book online:

To book via post:

Applications forms can be downloaded here. All applications and cheques should be made payable to Leinster Rugby and sent to:

School of Excellence for Girls

Newstead Building A,



Dublin 4.




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Terms & Conditions

Applications will only be accepted upon receipt of course deposit. Payment is regarded as acceptance of the conditions of enrolment. Confirmation of bookings will be issued in writing. Cancellations, for whatever reason, must be made in writing prior to the commencement of the camp and will be subject to a forfeiture fee. The right is reserved to refuse admission or to dismiss at any time during the camp, any student whose presence by way of conduct or deportment is deemed by the camp manager or camp coordinator to be detrimental to the best interests of the camp or its other participants. In such instances, no refunds will be made and any additional costs involved, including transportation, will be at the parents'/guardians' expense. The camp will operate on the highest safety standards. Neither Leinster Rugby nor The School of Excellence Summer Camp shall be responsible for any illness, disease, accident, travel delays or loss of property unless occasioned by the wilful act of negligence on the part of the camp or its employees. Students who have particular health requirements must notify the camp of same in writing on application. Parents/guardians shall be liable for any medical expenses incurred. Photographs may be taken over the duration of the camps and will be used only for promotional purposes. No photograph will be distributed and no participant will be identified either in print or in any other format.

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