Programme Focus: English and Football
Duration: Two weeks
Age: 12-18
Minimum Level: A1
Hours of English Tuition: 15+ hours/week
Activities: English classes, Soccer Coaching, Health and Nutrition Seminars, Sports, Cultural Activities, Excursions, Group Projects and Evening Entertainment
Accommodation: Student Apartments or Host Family Stays
Number of students per class: Max 15
Course Description: Footballingual is designed to improve students’ overall language ability and to develop everyday communication skills. Individuals who enrol on this course are typically high school students looking to enhance their English language level and to gain insight into the lifestyle and routine of a young professional footballer. The programme structure enables students to improve their English language competency and to develop life skills such as teamwork, presenting and public speaking. Participants receive daily football coaching from highly qualified trainers and specialists.

English Language Training

Morning classes employ a variety of topics and aim to develop general English competency in all four skills. The focus is firmly placed on effective communication and engagent with the language. A variety of activities are incorporated into class time ensuring the various learning styles of students are met. Exercises are shaped around the context of Football, where possible, to ensure that student interest is maintained for the duration of the lessons.


The Football component of the programme takes place in the afternoons. Each day participants undergo training sessions which are focused on their physical, technical and tactical development as footballers. Students are coached on every aspect of the game and they receive training and information on nutrition, general lifestyle and media interaction. Participants take part in at least three friendly football games over the duration of the camp and they also take a short course which gives th an internationally recognised coaching qualification.

Cultural Activities

Total immersion is encouraged for the duration of the programme. One way that we facilitate this is through cultural activities and excursions. Students participate in a variety of games, presentations, and interactive activities which ultimately enhance their ability to communicate and function effectively using the medium of the English language. Participants on this programme will visit a number of Ireland’s major cities and some of its most famous tourist sites and landmarks.


During all Castel courses, we offer optional one-to-one tutorials. Students have the opportunity to schedule additional classes with Castel trainers during free slots in the overall programme timetable. These sessions aim to focus on individual problems and issues and attend to difficulties students may be experiencing in their language learning journey. Tutors guide the student through a series of exercises and activities which directly target the problem area and ultimately enhance the student’s all-round language competency.


For the duration of this programme, students will enjoy the very best in student accommodation. There are a number of options available and the choice is purely in the hands of the participant. We offer comfortable, modern and spacious student apartments or, if you seek complete immersion during your stay, we arrange homestays with host families located a short distance from the main campus. If the latter is your preference, then you will be treated to a friendly Irish welcome, pleasant conversation on your return from scheduled camp activities and, not to mention, three home cooked meals daily. This is certainly our recommended option as we take great pride in the quality of our affiliated host family network.