Rugby League: Play the mini season in Australia

4-17 Weeks

Overview

Get a taste of Aussie life with our Mini Season rugby programme.  Spend part of the season with a local rugby club, enjoying our shared accommodation at the heart of the action. As with all Sport Lived programmes, you’ll also make friends for life along the way.

Recommended for:

  • 4 - 17 weeks playing rugby overseas
  • A taste of the Aussie lifestyle
  • Working on your game in an Aussie club
  • Boosting your CV with work experience

At a glance:

  • Hand-picked Aussie rugby league club
  • Regular matches, training & social events
  • Shared accommodation
  • 24/7 mentor support throughout your stay

Sporting adventures

The Mini Season gives you the freedom to combine playing rugby overseas with a more flexible programme.  Our links with clubs ensure you’ll be matched with a team that suits your ability and your personality.

We also know how much you’re looking forward to life in Australia – so we give you everything you need to settle in and enjoy your freedom.  With city centre accommodation and a friendly mentor on hand 24/7, you can make the most of every minute. Add excellent training facilities and a thriving social scene and life doesn’t get much better than this!

Playing Rugby in Australia

We have links with a wide range of good Australian rugby league clubs who’ll welcome you as a new member.  Get ready for plenty of banter- the Aussies love to have a laugh with their new Pommie team mates!

Club structure

The top Australian rugby league clubs have lots of teams (on average 2-3 senior men’s teams and 1-2 U19 Colts teams) plus active junior sections.  Top teams play one tier below NRL teams such as the Melbourne Storm.

We have affiliations with many clubs who compete at a range of levels so whatever standard your rugby, we’ll be able to place you with a superb rugby league club.

Matches and training

Most rugby clubs train 2-3 times a week and play matches at the weekends.  There are also optional gym and fitness sessions during the week and depending on the team you play for, you might also be given a gym pass.

Off the pitch

With so many members, your rugby club will be a hive of social activity.  There’ll be drinks after training and matches, plus social events throughout the season - new players’ night (a major event!), pub crawls and an end-of-season dinner.  Many clubs also arrange pre-season tours- a great chance to get to know your team-mates whilst exploring a new part of Oz.

Rugby development

Our clubs are selected for their high quality coaching and facilities, helping you to return home as a much-improved player.  If your performances are noted, you could also find yourself selected for a State representative squad – highly prestigious!

…and finally

What are you waiting for? Get out there and show the Aussies how it’s done!

Working Overseas

You’ll have plenty of spare time between training and competing if you’d like to get a job.  As well as enhancing your CV and boosting your bank balance, working overseas will help you meet new people and provide more structure to your time away.

Top tips for getting work:

  • Plan the type of work you'd like to obtain
  • Try to gain relevant work experience
  • Prepare a CV and have two references
  • Be proactive & persistent in job hunting

Employment options:

  • Café/bar work: sociable environment
  • Office work: good rates of pay
  • Coaching: fulfilling and well paid
  • Work experience: boost your CV

Working in Australia

You’ll be living close to lots of employment options like offices, shops, bars and restaurants. Contacts at your sport club might also help you to find coaching work.

In addition, your mentor will provide guidance on working in Australia but you should ensure you’re well prepared as the job market can be as competitive as the sports arena!

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to play sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

Membership of a local sports club

One of the best things about travelling with Sport Lived is that we arrange for you to join a local sports club. We handpick clubs with lots of members and different teams - some of whom have regular social events. Some clubs may offer preseason tours, and in the past some clubs have organised welcome events for new players. Trust us, you’ll feel like an old hand within a few days and the other members will make sure there’s never a dull moment!

A great place to stay in the centre of town

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is in the heart of the city - just a short walk away from all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like minded flatmates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always share your swish city centre accommodation with other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!
 

Career Enhancing Experiences

Your Sport Lived adventure is the perfect time to get work experience and demonstrate the skills that universities and future employers look for - your Sport Lived work experience will help set you apart.

Independence & initiative

Sport Lived will provide loads of help when you're looking for part-time work but ultimately it's down to you to get out there and make it happen. Showing a prospective employer that you've managed to find, secure and maintain a job in an overseas country is highly impressive.

Teamwork

Teamwork is at the heart of the Sport Lived experience. Living, playing and training alongside a new group of friends is a great way to develop strong social skills and show that you're a real team player.

Personal development

Joining a new sports club, living in an overseas city and securing a job are exciting challenges that will enable you to grow as an individual, leaving you ready to tackle whatever lies ahead after your Sport Lived experience.

Work experience

Living overseas is a great time to think about gaining invaluable work experience in a field you're considering as a career. Sport Lived participants have volunteered in hospitals, law firms and newspaper offices. Such work demonstrates commitment and initiative.

FAQs

1. What type of visa do I need?

Australian Working Holiday Visa

If you would like to obtain paid work during your programme you will need to obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa. UK citizens aged 18-30 are eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa which enables holders to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.  It costs around £150 and can take up to 4 weeks to process so we recommend getting the paperwork sorted well in advance of your departure.

Australian Tourist Visa

If you don’t want to work in Australia you can get an Australian Tourist Visa. For more information see the Travel & Visa section in the About Us area of our site.

2. What is the standard like?

Sport Lived offer programmes for players and athletes of all abilities. Therefore, whether you play at a high standard or not, a Sport Lived programme is perfect for you. A desire to play the sport you love in a spectacular new country is all you will need!

 

Standard Accommodation

Choose our Standard Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a dorm room in a hostel or lodge. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to public transport. This makes it easier to get to your sports club or coaching placement, as well as giving you the chance to try out all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city centre.

At a glance:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in Australia...

You’ll share a dorm room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas, so you can catch up with other Sport Lived participants and travellers from around the world.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.

Premium Accommodation

Choose our Premium Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a 4 star apartment in the centre of town. Your sports club or coaching placement will be easily accessible by public transport and with lots of bars, clubs, restaurants and shops close by there are plenty of places to explore.

At a glance:

  • 4-star fully furnished apartments
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Relax! Most bills are included

Home from home...

Apartments are shared with other Sport Lived participants and include a 24 hour reception plus many mod-cons. Apartments are fully furnished including a TV, linen, kitchen appliances, washing machines, etc. They are also serviced weekly so you can spend your time having fun.

NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.

Brisbane

Beautiful one day, perfect the next is the ideal way to describe sunny Queensland. Brisbane is located right at the heart of Queensland and is renowned for its laid-back lifestyle and welcoming atmosphere. It’s hard to go wrong with the tropical climate which leads to long balmy nights spent either on the beach or enjoying a cold drink with friends.

Situated on the magnificent Brisbane River the city is the place to be. It is well known for its bustling night life. Whether you want a couple of drinks in a traditional Australian pub, a night on the dance floor or anything in between, Brisbane has a night spot to suit. Brisbane is very popular among travellers and backpackers as the city is constantly thriving with life.  Brisbane also boasts two of Australia’s best sporting stadiums. The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium host matches of Rugby League, Cricket, Aussie Rules, A League Football, Rugby Union - basically every sport you could wish for!

The city is also just an hour's drive from the stunning Gold Coast, which is known internationally as a popular tourist destination, thanks to its white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean. Maybe now is the time to take up the opportunity to learn how to surf; or travel up further north to the beautiful rainforests and spectacular waterfalls.

In summary, Brisbane is a fantastic city offering amazing experiences. Your time spent here will be remembered and treasured for life.

Top things to do in Brisbane:

  1. Catch a wave on the Gold Coast
  2. Watch a match at Suncorp Stadium
  3. Take a trip to Eagle Street Pier

What’s included?


Sports Club
✓ 
Membership to a quality sports club
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian sports players

Accommodation
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation
✓ Choice between a quality lodge or a 4 star apartment
✓ Free internet or USB internet device

Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ 24/7 mentor support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure

Employment
✓ Assistance in finding paid employment and work experience
A CRB check in Australia to help to get paid coaching work

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived hoody
✓ Welcome pack upon arrival
Public transport travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook

Social Events
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your sports club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants are informed of these social events during their programme. 

And finally…
✓ The sports experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Brisbane 4 weeks 02/03/2015 29/03/2015 Standard £ 1995 Book Now
Brisbane 5 weeks 02/03/2015 05/04/2015 Standard £ 2280 Book Now
Brisbane 6 weeks 02/03/2015 12/04/2015 Standard £ 2565 Book Now
Brisbane 7 weeks 02/03/2015 19/04/2015 Standard £ 2850 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 02/03/2015 26/04/2015 Standard £ 3135 Book Now
Brisbane 9 weeks 02/03/2015 03/05/2015 Standard £ 3420 Book Now
Brisbane 10 weeks 02/03/2015 10/05/2015 Standard £ 3705 Book Now
Brisbane 11 weeks 02/03/2015 17/05/2015 Standard £ 3990 Book Now
Brisbane 12 weeks 02/03/2015 24/05/2015 Standard £ 4275 Book Now
Brisbane 12 weeks 02/03/2015 24/05/2015 Premium £ 5995 Book Now
Brisbane 13 weeks 02/03/2015 31/05/2015 Standard £ 4560 Book Now
Brisbane 14 weeks 02/03/2015 07/06/2015 Standard £ 4845 Book Now
Brisbane 15 weeks 02/03/2015 14/06/2015 Standard £ 5130 Book Now
Brisbane 16 weeks 02/03/2015 21/06/2015 Standard £ 5415 Book Now
Brisbane 17 weeks 02/03/2015 28/06/2015 Standard £ 5700 Book Now
Brisbane 4 weeks 29/06/2015 26/07/2015 Standard £ 1995 Book Now
Brisbane 5 weeks 29/06/2015 02/08/2015 Standard £ 2280 Book Now
Brisbane 6 weeks 29/06/2015 09/08/2015 Standard £ 2565 Book Now
Brisbane 7 weeks 29/06/2015 16/08/2015 Standard £ 2850 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 29/06/2015 23/08/2015 Premium £ 4495 Book Now
Brisbane 8 weeks 29/06/2015 23/08/2015 Standard £ 3135 Book Now
Brisbane 9 weeks 29/06/2015 30/08/2015 Standard £ 3420 Book Now
Brisbane 10 weeks 29/06/2015 06/09/2015 Standard £ 3705 Book Now

N.B. Damage Bond £300 (Premium Accommodation only)

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