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★★★★★

“Loved Sport Lived”

Written on: 24/09/2016 by MDG123 (1 review written)

Our 18 year old son undertook a 6 month programme with Sport Lived, playing rugby in Brisbane, Australia. The whole programme from start to finish, was very professionally organised. In the run up to his departure, his Sport Lived account regularly prompted him to do all the things he needed to do, such as getting a visa, organising and communicating his travel plans, unlocking his mobile phone ready for use in Australia and even de-registering from the RFU and registering with the ARFU. In… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 26/09/2016

Hi

Thanks a lot for writing a review.

I’m really pleased to hear that your son enjoyed his Sport Lived programme in Australia.

It’s also great that your wife & you were able to visit him in Australia where you could meet our staff & see what his programme was like on the ground in Brisbane.

I hope your son’s rugby continues to flourish over the next few years.

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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★★★★★

“Great rugby experience!”

Written on: 22/09/2016

The rugby academy in Brisbane is a great was to improve your rugby and make great new friends for life. The coaches are fantastic and the other staff are really friendly and helpful. It was great that we got to play matches at the weekend aswel to improve the skills we learned at the academy during the week but it would've been good to get a bit more game time. Over all a brilliant experience and very worth while… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 22/09/2016

Hi

It’s terrific to hear you enjoyed your time at the Rugby Academy in Brisbane & found the coaches to be helpful & supportive.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on your experience & for undertaking a Sport Lived programme.

Very best wishes for the future.

Kind regards

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“A1 fantastic experience for keen sports players ”

Written on: 31/08/2016 by Sarah1965a (1 review written)

We had a slightly shaky start where we had booked a hockey academy trip to South Africa which was then cancelled with only about 4 weeks notice (and during the stressful time of A levels). However I have to say the team at Sportlived bent over backwards to relieve that disappointment and rearranged his trip so he went to Melbourne instead. Although he was arriving too late to join the Academy they did allow him to join for the last two weeks which was a superb experience. When the academy was… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 02/09/2016

Hi

Thanks so much for the review.

I’m really pleased that your son enjoyed his time in Melbourne and the coaching he received at the Hockey Academy.

We wish him all the best for his future travels!

Kind regards

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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★★★★★

“Best Experience I've Had”

Written on: 25/08/2016 by JayleneMcGrath (1 review written)

I flew to Melbourne at the end of June to begin my one month with Sport Lived and playing for Melbourne University Soccer Club. I wasn't quite sure what to expect as I didnt know how it would be joining late into the programme and only having a short time to play football, as well as finding the time to see as many of the city sights as I could. When I first arrived I was greeted by a Sport Lived employee and taken to Space Hotel. The next day we arranged to meet and get to know some of the… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 30/08/2016

Hi

Thanks so much for writing a review on your Sport Lived programme. I’m really pleased that you enjoyed your time in Melbourne.

We recently changed our Standard Accommodation provider in Melbourne so it’s great to hear that you enjoyed staying there.

Thanks so much for undertaking a Sport Lived programme.

Very best wishes for the future

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“My rugby experience with Sport lived in Brisbane,...”

Written on: 09/08/2016 by fraserberesford (1 review written)

I am 17 years old and I decided to do a Sport Lived programme which involved playing rugby at UQ academy in Brisbane, Australia. I am going to give a very honest review. The good things that I have found on this programme are firstly the academy. The training sessions are intense and very productive with top-class coaches and elite players. I wasn't a special rugby player back in England. I was very typical having played for just school and a rugby club, but when I came here, I, like others at… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 10/08/2016

Hi

Thanks so much for your feedback on your recent Rugby Academy programme.

I’m really pleased you enjoyed the training & the coaching that you received at the Rugby Academy. It’s also great to hear you enjoyed the socials that we arranged & that you found our staff in Brisbane helpful.

I completely take on board the points you raised on how the programme could be improved. For future customers, we could look at arranging for them to live closer to the Rugby Academy which would reduce travel time. We could also try to arrange for multiple under 18 customers to live at the same homestay which would helpful make the accommodation more sociable.

Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Very best wishes for the future.

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“Not worth the money at all”

Written on: 22/07/2016 by Beatricey298 (1 review written)

The idea here is brilliant but was the biggest waste of money I have ever been subjected to. I paid sport lived 5500 pounds and in return I got a hostel that was overpriced and ill-equipped. I was promised a fully working kitchen yet there wasn't a cooker at all and out of the little hobs there were to cook on about a quarter of them actually worked. The showers were cold on one of the floors and the hand dryers in the toilet didn't work the whole time I was there. I worked out that I paid… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 12/08/2016

Hi

Thanks for taking the time to write a review.

Firstly, I’m really sorry if you’ve not enjoyed your programme and you don’t feel you received value for money.

Thanks for highlighting the issues regarding your accommodation & I am sorry that you encountered them. I was in Melbourne with my colleague in May 2016 where we visited a number of Standard Accommodation providers with our staff in Melbourne.

I know that customers who were in Melbourne between March & September 2016 who were not happy at their current accommodation were given the option to move to a different Standard Accommodation provider which was also located in the city centre which we felt provided better quality accommodation.

I know that quite a few people declined this offer because they didn’t want to leave the friends they had made at their accommodation. Whilst I understand this decision, we were slightly disappointed as we felt we could have moved everyone over to the new accommodation provider where they would have stayed at better accommodation and been with lots of Sport Lived customers.

Setting the price of programmes is always slightly tricky as we need to consider a number of factors. We currently have 4 staff in Melbourne and we want to price the programmes so that we can employ good staff and pay them enough to attract them to work for the business. We also want to make sufficient revenue so we have a business which is financially viable and stable.

You undertook a longer mini season playing programme. We do structure the prices so that on a cost per week basis, the full season programmes provide the best value. This is done intentionally as we want to try and encourage people to undertake Full Season playing programmes where they can play for their club for the entire season up to and including end of season Grand Finals.

I hope you have some fond memories of your time in Melbourne.

Thank you so much for undertaking a Sport Lived programme and I wish you all the very best for the future.

Best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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★★☆☆☆

“Do it Yourself without being overcharged”

Written on: 14/06/2016 by mikabrown (1 review written)

The course looks great from the outside but if you are really looking for a sporting gap year abroad, specifically Melbourne, then you are better off doing it yourself. The organisation between the owners of the company in england and the sports co-ordinator in melbourne is dreadful and they do not work. It felt at times as though you were back at school when thats exactly what you wanted to leave behind. For popular sports like rugby, cricket or netball then contact a club directly yourself… Read Full Review

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“Just don't bother ”

Written on: 07/06/2016 by Jamestilley22 (1 review written)

went on a 6 mouth course with Sportslived coaching rowing in or at least that's what I thought went I parted with an obscene amount of money last August. Got to Melbourne in September and was totally shocked when I realised I had been stiched up ! the hostel wasn't the one pictured nither was the service that I had payed for from the support staff. Rod Jones was suposidly meant to be in charge of the welfare and general looking after the group when in aus but in the 6 mouths that I was there he… Read Full Review

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“I PLAYED THE SEASON SO I KNOW.”

Written on: 25/04/2016 by Preston494 (1 review written)

To put this straight. I spent the last 3 months undertaking what was supposed to be a tennis/hockey/netball programme in Melbourne. Here is the email I felt I had to send at the end of the programme after calls were ignored from my parents and every other parent who's child was on the programme wrote some form of complaint. "Firstly I would like to say that I have made some of the greatest friendships on this programme and secondly that Melbourne was the ideal city in which to hold it… Read Full Review

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Written on: 03/06/2016

Such an accurate review! I emailed throughout my 6 month netball programme in March (to September 2015). Rarely gaining a response, when I did it was lack lustre and disappointing. When I returned home from travelling in February 2016 I again tried to contact the company and found I had to chase them constantly!

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★☆☆☆☆

“DON'T EVER DO THIS PROGRAMME”

Written on: 03/04/2016 by MacLeanne257 (1 review written)

I have done a sport lived programme and it was honestly the worst experience of my life! He is awful with customer service and has no idea how to resolve any issues. They trick you and break the law by doing so… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“The best thing about the sport lived programme is the...”

Written on: 01/03/2016 by Kalid320 (1 review written)

The best thing about the sport lived programme is the fact the you immediately enter an evviroment with other people in the same position as you meaning it's easy to socialise and make friends. The central location of the accommodation was also a bonus along with several fun social events… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Dunedin cricket.”

Written on: 10/04/2015 by gmsmall11 (1 review written)

Went to Dunedin for 6 months between September 2014 and March 2015. Could not have wished for a better time. The accommodation was fantastic, a real home from home, and the guide ensured I had a great time. Her vast knowledge of the local area meant I did not have a dull moment in Dunedin. From visiting the Penguin sanctuary, to the really cool road trip to Oamaru, the activities we did kept me on my toes, not to mention having enormous fun in the process! A couple of things could have… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Play cricket in dunedin ”

Written on: 16/11/2014 by cattmere (1 review written)

The whole experience was brilliant, one I will never forget. From the minute Betty (the sportlived mentor) picked me up from the airport I found dunedin a home from home. The hostel we stayed in was also amazing. I played cricket from the start of the season until mid November, the club play senior, 2nd and 3rd grade dunedin cricket so accommodate all abilities. The team are a great group of lads who enjoy playing cricket and are really welcoming, like most kiwis I have met. There are nets on… Read Full Review

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“Cricket coaching in Melbourne, Australia (2011/2012)”

Written on: 11/10/2014 by mjteasdale (1 review written)

In October 2011 I arrived in Melbourne to begin a 3 month cricket coaching programme. Within a month of my arrival I was to extend my programme to 6 months. I'll admit that writing reviews is not my forte but I've tried to give it some structure all the same. The Accommodation: I was in the unusual position of having stayed in both types of accommodation. For the first three months I stayed in the the premium accommodation, a really rather nice serviced apartment shared between up to 6 Sport… Read Full Review

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“Absolutely amazing! Had the time of my life! ”

Written on: 10/10/2014 by Monique94 (1 review written)

My sport lived course was for 6 months and I was tennis coaching. From the moment I arrived in Australia I knew I had made the right decision, everyone was so lovely and SL had organised everything very well. I never felt alone as I was constantly with other participants or the lovely staff running SL! I had an absolute blast and would do anything to do it all again! I learnt so much about coaching, organisation, myself!!! And most of all about life, It really was an amazing life experience! I… Read Full Review

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“Hockey In NZ”

Written on: 25/08/2014 by MartynC95 (1 review written)

Playing hockey in Dunedin = one of the best decision I have made! Making tones of friends and improving my game playing against Black sticks, Jumior blacksticks and regional reps I played against some of the best players ever and alongside as well! Learning from the best! It made my development progress at a very high rate and made it worthwhile! Loved dunedin so much to do with both from beaches to hills and museums to bars it was everything I needed for 6 months! Night life is great much… Read Full Review

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“Play Tennis - Melbourne”

Written on: 20/08/2014

Playing tennis in Melbourne was a fantastic experience. I was really surprised by how quickly the coaches at the National Tennis Centre and Rod Laver Arena knew my name including the receptionists and how welcoming both the coaches and members were. The programme was extremely flexible so you could do as much or as little training as you liked which enabled you to fit in all the tourist activities. I attended nearly 40 workouts over the month I was there and went to the gym roughly 3 times a… Read Full Review

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“An Amazing Experience I'll remember forever”

Written on: 29/07/2014 by 207Goodman (1 review written)

I did a Sport Lived program in Brisbane Australia and had an incredible time. Booking a Sport Lived program proved to be a great decision - everything was organised for me when I arrived and the staff were really helpful. I made friends really quickly because of Sport Lived and got to do loads of awesome things during my time in Australia. The training and facilities was also world class - would recommend!… Read Full Review

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“Best Time Ever”

Written on: 24/01/2014

I had a great time in Dunedin. I got to meet a load of new people and try new experiences like Pig Hunting. There were loads of great parties too. Loved every minute. I have told people everywhere that it was worth every penny… Read Full Review

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“Dunedin - cricket program”

Written on: 20/01/2014 by TomPorter90 (1 review written)

Playing cricket abroad had always been a dream of mine and I can safely say that my time spent in Dunedin did not disappoint. Betty Mason and the Sport Lived staff were great throughout the booking process and once I got to Dunedin Betty was very helpful - she provided things like a bus pass and a map of the town which made the first week a lot less stressful than it could have been. The trips provided by Sport Lived, such as tickets to the All Blacks test against Australia and a visit to the… Read Full Review

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