Irish Rugby Legend Brian O'Driscoll to host more fun and engaging junior summer rugby training camps


Irish rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll has announced his return to THE CAMPUS, Europe’s newest five-star multi-sport and wellness hub at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve in Portugal, to host more fun and engaging junior summer rugby training camps. Brian will host the camps on the pristine training pitch for young rugby hopefuls of all abilities, between 5-15 years of age and from 29th July to the 2nd of August 2019.

Credit: The Campus, Quinta do Lago

Brian will join a team of coaches for a fun and action-packed rugby coaching camp at The Campus Summer school holidays from 29th July to the 2nd of August 2019. The camps will focus on grass-roots coaching and development, making rugby fun for juniors of all abilities and learning skills from one of the masters of the game.  

Brian will encourage youngsters to get active in the magnificent surrounds of The Campus, Europe's newest multi-sport and wellness hub. This is a unique rugby experience for boys and girls to learn from former British and Irish Lions captain O'Driscoll and be inspired by one of the true greats of the modern game. His camps are certain to be loaded with fun and insight from a legend who played 133 internationals for Ireland.

Credit: The Campus, Quinta do Lago

Brian says:

"I’m really looking forward to returning to The Campus at Quinta do Lago in the Algarve to work with some young rugby players. The training pitches and facilities are world class and hopefully we will inspire a few rugby stars of the future at this summer camp.” 

Sean Moriarty, Chief Executive of Quinta do Lago, says coaching opportunities like these is what makes The Campus stand out amongst sporting venues across Europe.

Sean says: "It's great to have Irish rugby icon Brian O'Driscoll returning to The Campus for more fun and engaging rugby training camps. Brian is one of the most respected figures in rugby and he adds to the list of incredible sports ambassadors we now have at The Campus."

Brian goes on to say:  

"We will be looking to put on some fun and interactive coaching sessions, for boys and girls of all abilities. The sessions will focus on having fun and developing their knowledge of rugby, both from a technical and tactical view point. We’ll also be working on co-ordination, movement skills and areas of competitive play as well.  All in all, it should be a great fun week!”

Brian O'Driscoll is the latest addition of high-profile stellar sports stars adding a world class level of sports coaching, knowledge and mentoring who are now partnering with The Campus. 

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Also set to return is former England and Manchester United football legend Rio Ferdinand, will be hosting junior football camps and Judy Murray, former Great Britain Federation Cup 

Captain and mother of Grand Slam champions Sir Andy and Jamie, hosting both junior and adult coaching camps after successful visits at Easter and last year.


  • 29th July to 2nd August 2019

  • Timings: 9.30am-11.30am daily

  • 550 € per child 

  • Limited space available.  

  • 5-15 years of age



The Campus is one of Europe’s newest state of the art multi-sports venues, created for elite athletes, teams and for families as well. The Campus is already becoming popular with Premiership football and rugby teams, Olympic and Para-Olympic squads, performance athletes and coaches who are taking advantage of the perfect training climate and using The Campus as their warm-weather training base.

The recently opened High Performance Campus has added to The Campus' stellar reputation and cemented its reputation as the outstanding location for holiday makers looking for the ultimate sporting break, with dance classes, yoga, swimming and state-of-the-art saunas, steam rooms and wellness areas adding to the appeal.

Top Premier League clubs, the Ireland rugby team and Olympic athletes have trained at The Campus in the last year, with high profile teams and athletes set to use the High Performance Campus and wellness facilities that are of the highest caliber.

"The Campus further elevates Quinta do Lago as one of the finest sports and leisure destinations in the world." added Sean Moriarty.  

The Campus new €10 million training, fitness and wellness facility designed to cater to both elite athletes and enthusiastic amateurs.

"The beauty of this complex is you don't have to be a world-class or even professional athlete, as we also cater for guests who simply want to use the facilities at their leisure for fitness or as a hobby." added Sean.

Visitors to The Campus will experience world class tennis and padel courts, a wonderful cycling center led by Paralympic gold medalist Mark Rohan, as well as a top class swimming facility and a wellness section of the High Performance Campus that offers all visitors the ideal chance to unwind after an exhausting workout.

Guests can also stay at the magnificent The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 comfortable rooms, three suites and seven cottages.  The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day. There is a free shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests.


Born: January 21st 1979 in Dublin Ireland

  • He was part of Ireland teams that won the Six Nations title in 2009 and 2014.

  • Captained Ireland to Grand Slam glory in 2009.

  • He is the top try scorer in the history of the Six Nations champions (26).

  • Claimed eight caps for the British and Irish Lions, captaining the side in 2005.


Built in the summer 2017, The Campus provides training, coaching and wellbeing programme to Quinta do Lago residents and guests alike. The sports and wellbeing resort and high performance training center catering for adults and juniors as well as elite professional athletes and teams. The Campus welcomes everyone - from future Olympic Games competitors through to amateur, grassroots and families enjoying a family sports holiday.

The Campus is located just 15 minutes from Faro airport and the resort offers guests an unparalleled location benefiting from a year-round temperate climate. The resort offers a variety of lifestyle and sporting pursuits, a strong sense of community and offers residents, guests and holiday makers alike the chance to train, exercise and socialize.

Whats on offer:

  • Stadium quality DESSO GrassMaster hybrid pitch

  • Technical area

  • High performance gymnasium

  • Centre for active living and sports medicine

  • Recovery suite including hot/cold plunge pools and sauna and steam room

  • Studios for cycle and group exercise

  • Stadium specification locker rooms

  • Team rooms with high tech analysis capability

  • 25m heated indoor swimming pool

  • Four acrylic tennis courts

  • Two synthetic clay tournament specification tennis courts

  • Four padel courts with shock pad features

  • The Bike Shed – a hub for cycling

  • Dano's Sports Bar & Restaurant


Guests can stay at The Magnolia Hotel, situated on the doorstep of The Campus and Quinta do Lago resort. It has a range of accommodation including 74 luxury rooms, three suites and seven cottages.  

The rooms have been recently been fully refurbished and the five-star service will help guests unwind and destress at the end of their day. 

The Magnolia Hotel offers a beautiful heated outdoor pool and the pool area is at the heart of the hotel. Guests can also visit the spa and holistic rooms and reconnect with mind and body. A team of expert therapists are on-hand to soothe away any tired and achy knots.

For guests that are feeling energetic and in need of a good stretch then there is a fully equipped gym with premium quality equipment. The experienced personal trainers are available to help guests work out. There’s a shuttle bus service to The Campus for all guests too.


Synonymous with elegance and privacy, Quinta do Lago is an exclusive golf and residential estate of nearly 2,000 acres bordering the Atlantic Ocean and nestled within the privacy and security of the Ria Formosa nature reserve. 

Quinta do Lago is one of the most desired resorts in Europe and allows you to live an active outdoor lifestyle all year round, offering real estate plots between deserted dunes, sheltered pines, breath-taking beaches surrounded by three award-winning golf courses.

Since its inception, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf with three award-winning championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy and the only Taylor Made Performance Center in Southern Europe. 

Among its recent accolades, the resort was voted ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2015 and 2016 World Golf Awards. Quinta do Lago has enjoyed the honor of hosting eight Portuguese Opens as well 

as numerous other international golf tournaments and its world-class golf facilities are some of the best anywhere in the world.

Away from the fairways, Quinta do Lago now adds to its portfolio extensive state-of-the art leisure and racquets facilities guaranteed to keep families occupied with regular tennis and padel tennis events, 

cycling tours of the West Coast, family bike trips, a wide range of water, beach and lake sports as well as cultural and nature trips.

The resort’s stunning location by the beach offers the perfect place to relax and unwind while its wide array of restaurants, both formal and informal, take advantage of the fresh Mediterranean produce that the resort has become famous for.

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