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★★★★★

“My time in Melbourne ”

Written on: 16/02/2017 by Aracely79 (1 review written)

I recently just arrived from Melbourne, from my cricket programme. Sport lived has been a fantastic way of me to meet incredible people, live In a fantastic place within central Melbourne. The experience I gained by living in Melbourne and addopting it as home will something I can cherish forever. I would highly recommend sport lived as it was a way for me to meet great people and friendships and has been a ideal opportunity if I would like to live there in the future though the amazing time I… Read Full Review

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“Cricket in Melbourne ”

Written on: 10/02/2017

I spent 11 weeks in Melbourne, primarily playing cricket for a local club, during my gap year. Sport lived were very helpful in aiding me to organise my trip, especially as I had specific dates that I had to be back home for that made things slightly more difficult. Sport lived set me up with a club and accommodation. I couldn't have asked for more from my club. They were incredibly welcoming to all of us on the sport lived programme and were very keen to get us involved in all the social… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 10/02/2017

Hi

Thanks so much for writing a review on your Sport Lived programme in Melbourne.

I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed your programme and were able to combine playing cricket and hockey during your time there.

It’s great that you enjoyed the social events that we arranged for the group and found our staff in Melbourne to be helpful.

Thanks so much for undertaking a Sport Lived programme.

Very best wishes for the future

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived

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“Rugby in Australia for an U18 - A Mums View ”

Written on: 30/01/2017

My lad was 17yrs old when he took off to australia with sport lived to play rugby. Not surprisingly I was nervous, anxious worried and all that. Absolutely no need at all. Sport lived were amazing and he had the time of his life. An incredible experience which under the wings iof Sportllived has now given him the confidence, capability and streetwise to travel alone and me the reassurance he'll be ok. Sport lived were simply fantastic. So professional and well organised. I knew exactly… Read Full Review

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Written on: 10/02/2017

Hi

Thanks so much for your feedback on your son’s rugby programme in Brisbane.

It’s terrific to hear that your son enjoyed his rugby experience in Australia and he found our staff in Brisbane helpful & supportive.

I hope he has many fond memories from his time in Australia.

Thanks for choosing Sport Lived for his trip.

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived

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“Cricket season in Melbourne”

Written on: 24/01/2017 by Fox215 (1 review written)

Our son had a totally fantastic time in Australia which helped transform him from a schoolboy into an independent adult ready to go onto the next stage in his life. From his point of view he has said " this was the best 6 months I have ever had". He made great friends with both local Australians and with other Sport Lived participants. He thoroughly enjoyed playing club cricket in Melbourne and learned a great deal from the coaches in cricket academy. The whole experience from finding new… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 24/01/2017

Hi

Thanks so much for writing a review on your son’s Sport Lived programme.

It’s really pleasing to hear that he enjoyed his time playing cricket in Melbourne and learnt a lot from the coaches at the cricket academy. It’s also great that he made so many friends with local Australians and other Sport Lived customers.

I apologise if your son was disappointed with his accommodation. We have acted on this feedback and recently changed our Standard Accommodation provider in Melbourne. We believe our new provider in Melbourne offers our customers a better experience.

I hope your son has many fond memories of his time in Australia and his cricket continues to flourish.

Thanks for choosing Sport Lived for his trip.

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“It wasn't just 'Netball in Melbourne'”

Written on: 07/01/2017 by 98McAllister (1 review written)

Sport lived provided me with the opportunity to live my dream and play netball in Melbourne. But it turned into so much more than just that. My program was just short of 4 months, I stayed for 8 months. I made contacts in Australia which resulted in jobs that I couldn't turn down. I made friends for life, from all around the world, I lived with people in the hostel who were like minded and we all supported each other. Sport Lived was very good and regularly kept in touch by phone call… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 10/02/2017

Hi

Thanks a lot for writing a review on your Sport Lived programme.

I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your netball experience in Melbourne and benefited from the performance programme that we arranged as a result of your feedback.

It was an absolute pleasure to have you on a Sport Lived trip. Thank you for making such a positive contribution to our programmes in Melbourne last year.

Very best wishes for the future

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“Netball in Melbourne & much more”

Written on: 06/01/2017 by awGlover4 (1 review written)

I can honestly say, Sport lived provided me with an opportunity of a lifetime. My SL programme was just short of 4 months, I stayed for a total of 8 months. I made friends and contacts in the netball world of Victoria and was provided with playing and job/coaching opportunities I just couldn’t turn down. I made friends for life, from all around the world, like minded friends who made my travels unforgettable. communications between myself and sport lived was very good and regularly kept in… Read Full Review

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“I enjoyed my time on the Sport Lived Brisbane rugby...”

Written on: 02/12/2016 by Hansen289 (1 review written)

I enjoyed my time on the Sport Lived Brisbane rugby programme. There are a few things which should be addressed however. Firstly, when I arrived and was given my blue Go Card which had $100 on it, I thought this would be enough to last my the majority of my programme. However I used that up within the first 2-3 weeks of being in Aus, and then had to top up a further two times for the remaining part of my stay. Sport Lived would have communicated a rough idea of how long they money was going to… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 05/12/2016

Hi

Thanks a lot for writing a review on your Sport Lived experience. I’m pleased that you enjoyed your rugby programme in Brisbane.

Thanks for providing feedback on the amount of credit that was loaded on to the travel pass you received at the start of your programme. In response to this, all customers undertaking Sport Lived programmes from September 2016 receive an introductory travel pass that lasts 1 month.

I sincerely apologise if our staff in the UK did not make you would need to play 6 league games to be eligible to play in Finals & that this would not be possible because of the start date of your programme. This was a mistake on our part & I’m sorry for the inconvenience this caused.

Thanks for your comment on completing your Rugby CV. In Brisbane this year, we did send all of our rugby players to the same club. However, this has not always been the case as we have relationships with a number of rugby clubs in Brisbane. In addition, we need people undertaking Rugby Academy programmes to complete a Rugby CV so we can send this information to the Rugby Academy coaches.

Thanks so much for undertaking a Sport Lived trip. I hope your rugby continues to go well at university.

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“Melbourne Cricket, Full season, 14/15 Review ”

Written on: 16/10/2016 by BryantPayne (1 review written)

My decision to go on a Sport Lived programme to Melbourne is probably the best decision I have ever made. An overall fantastic experience that I enjoyed every minute of! The staff were extremely helpful in aiding any problems I encountered (very few) as well as helping me find my way with their extensive knowledge and expertise. The Cricket club I was placed out was perfect, great facilities at the right standard and extremely good location. Accommodation at Quest, Prahran was second to none… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 18/10/2016

Hi

Thanks so much for writing a review on your cricket programme in Melbourne.

I’m really pleased that you had a great time in Australia and enjoyed all the social events that we arranged during your programme!

I hope your family enjoyed their time in Australia too!

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“Althletics programme with sports lived in Brisbane ”

Written on: 05/10/2016 by Lparkin (1 review written)

Our son recently completed a six month athletics programme through Sports Lived.It was a fantastic way for him to experience life in a different country in a supportive setting. Sports Lived were a great company who supported our son every step of the way .He was given a superb mentor in Brisbane who met him at the airport, showed him and others around the city,helped him sort out mobile phones and bank accounts . A huge relief to know that he had a friendly supportive face over there. He… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 06/10/2016

Hi

Thanks so much for your feedback on your son’s athletics programme in Brisbane.

I’m really pleased that he had a life changing experience and enjoyed the athletics training and competitions in Australia.

It’s also great to hear that he found our staff in Brisbane to be helpful and supportive.

I hope he is having a fantastic time traveling around Australia.

Very best wishes

Ian Dodd
Director
Sport Lived Limited

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“My gap year with Sports Lived”

Written on: 01/10/2016 by Rayk489 (1 review written)

My gap year with Sports Lived was one of the best experiences of my life. The great service started from the UK the idea of a gap year in Australia was just getting itself into the pipe line. Staff members would give you heaps of help and the low down on all their programmes and destinations so you could make the right choice for yourself. I chose to have my gap year in Brisbane Australia. When arriving at Brisbane Airport I already felt welcome from sports lived staff members greeting me and… Read Full Review

By Sportlived

Written on: 03/10/2016

Hi

It’s great to hear that you enjoyed your Sport Lived Rugby Programme in Brisbane.

I’m really pleased that you found our staff in Australia helpful and enjoyed staying in Premium Accommodation.

I hope you have a terrific time studying in Australia and that your rugby continues to go well.

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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“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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