Opinion from the other side of the fence...
Sending your treasured offspring away off to a far flung land can be daunting for parents. It's our job to ensure you feel totally reassured so hopefully you’ll find feedback from Sport Lived parents who've been through the experience helpful.
Philip & Carole Tellwright parent of Ed Tellwright:
Rugby Union: Academy in Australia
“Sport Lived have provided a first class service right from our initial enquiry when Ian came to Bristol to meet us and answer our questions, to meeting Ed's mentor in Brisbane. We would, without reservation, recommend Sport Lived. The programme in which Ed has participated has been thoroughly researched and implemented and Ed is having an amazing time. Everyone in the team has supported him and gone above and beyond to make his Australian experience one to remember.”
Penny da Costa parent of Georgie da Costa
Tennis: Play the season in Australia
"As soon as Georgie became aware of Sport Lived, being a keen tennis player she was convinced this was the way she wanted to spend part of her gap year. We looked into the programme carefully and decided to entrust our child to your care although as the time approached I was quite daunted by the idea of my child disappearing to the other side of the world. I need not have worried.
You looked after her superbly, supplied her with first class accommodation and liked minded friends. You found her a tennis club where she had a place in a local league, playing matches most weeks she was in Melbourne. Amongst other things, you also helped her find coaching work, get a bank account and a local mobile phone. In fact ensured she had all she needed to function independently but you were still there in the background in case of emergencies. From our point of view, a perfect setup and when we visited Georgie in Melbourne we were very happy with what we saw.
Overall, she had a fantastic time and made some lovely friends. We feel that she benefited hugely from the experience and is now a much more confident, mature and rounded person, ready to take on all the world has to offer."
Mark Hynes parent of Peter Hynes
Rugby Union: Academy in Australia
“Both our sons have used the Sport Lived programme, and enjoyed their time in Australia. One, with cricket in Melbourne, had a great 7 months, managed to get himself a job (inevitably in a bar), while playing cricket at weekends. The other joined the Rugby Academy in Brisbane which improved his rugby hugely. Sport Lived was very helpful in hooking the boys up with their clubs, and finding them apartments with other participants.”
Pete Laplanche parent of Richard Laplanche
Rugby Union: Play the season in New Zealand
“It was always Richard's ambition to get some rugby experience outside of his club and when a friend mentioned Sport Lived we immediately investigated the opportunity. He had decided to take a break between school and University so playing in New Zealand for a season seemed an ideal opportunity. He was sold as soon as he saw the excellent brochure. As parents we’re obviously a little nervous about sending him to the other side of the world but the information and support from Sport Lived put our minds at rest. They made the whole experience easy for us and for Richard who was met at the airport and has had a mentor throughout his stay. Thankfully he also managed to become a regular in the team and combined his rugby with many other sporting experiences.
He truly has had a wonderful life experience that I am sure he will remember for a long time.”