(Guest post form Marc Cullen, CEC)
Cork English College (CEC) are delighted with the success of their “English Plus” specialist sports programmes this summer. There has really been something for everyone, with activities ranging from rugby to horse-riding, and sailing to golf.
After enjoying each morning’s communicative language classes, rugby enthusiasts spent their afternoons participating in rigorous training sessions at Munster Rugby club’s training ground. Highlights of the programme included a tour of Thomond Park – the home of Munster Rugby – and meeting the Munster team after watching them train plus a full kit for each student.
Golfers spent their afternoons on the fairways and greens of world-renowned Fota Golf course, recently the home of the Irish Masters. Under the watchful eye of resident PGA professional, Brian Kelleher, young golfing hopefuls worked on improving every aspect of their game to get one step closer to becoming the next Rory McIlroy.
Horse-lovers took advantage of the fine summer afternoons by improving their riding skills in the beautiful Cork countryside. Professional trainers made sure that all riders, from beginners to experienced, had the opportunity to become more skilled in both riding and caring for horses.
For those who believe that variety is the spice of life, there has been no shortage of fun and interactive ways to use their English outside of the classroom. After spending afternoons appreciating the history, beauty and culture of Ireland at Blarney Castle, Killarney National Park, Cork’s Lifetime Lab, The Titanic Experience, Fota Wildlife Park, Bunratty Folk Park, Kinsale and Charlesfort; students partied down at International disco nights, karaoke evenings and Irish dancing extravaganzas.
As for sports, students had options that included swimming, volleyball, Gaelic games (hurling and Gaelic football), rhythmic aerobics, tennis, table tennis, badminton, rounders, orienteering and football – something for all tastes.