French summer camp introduces cooking classes to add to sports training during a two week summer sports camp in Vichy, France. French is the language for all activities; sports include tennis, basketball soccer or a multi-sport option.
Online PR News – 31-January-2014 – Saint Paul, MN – Nacel International has a brand new course for international students who want to learn French over the summer, while enjoying their favorite sports. The summer camps, run by our sports affiliate Sports Elites Jeunes (SEJ), have introduced the option to take French cooking classes in the morning followed by afternoon basketball, tennis or soccer training, or the multisport option which introduces campers to a new sport each day from, rafting, badminton, volleyball and more. http://www.nacel.org/cdlp/summer-camps/france/french-vlmla.php
The advantage of the camps is the immersive French language environment offered by living, training and learning in France, where coaches, staff and the majority of students are French. Students, who come to the camps to improve their athletic skills, can now opt for a morning session of French cuisine instead of the three hours of language courses which have been the norm until now.
The cooking course, run by a master-chef, teaches culinary techniques and simple recipes that are easy to prepare at home. Through practical experience, the course aims to awaken the five senses of smell, sight, hearing, touch and taste. The workshops take place in a specially equipped teaching kitchen. Topics will include an introduction to the sense of taste, measuring ingredients, conversions, seasonality of foods, sports nutrition and more.
The classes, taught in French, will give students the opportunity to practice a wide range of vocabulary, focused on the selection and preparation of ingredients and the techniques and tools used in the process.
International students will not only come home with improved sports skills, a French cultural experience and new friends, but they will also be able to share their favorite recipes from the following list (and more) of mouth watering delights:
• Verrine de Thon au Saumon Fumé et Crevettes
• Crumble aux Fruits Rouges
• Crèpes Suzette
• Fondant au Chocolat
The sports summer camps are run as two week sessions, starting on June 29th, July 13th and 27th and August 10th. Nacel staff pick-up registered participants at Paris International airport and accompany them to the train station, where they meet up with other campers traveling to Vichy by train. All the campers arrive by 5pm on the first day, in time for the evening ice breaker activities, where the coaches introduce the week's program, play games with students to get everyone talking and help them settle into the residence with their new roommates. One sports activity can welcome up to 100 participants on a single session, so the camps are spread out across four campuses in Vichy, based on the chosen sport.
In the morning, students taking the cooking class, meet-up with participants from other camps, with further opportunities to make friends. In the afternoon, they join those taking other morning electives such as French, English and Spanish language courses or the intensive sports options, for their sports training sessions. Once more, thanks to the number of students who participate on the Nacel Sports summer camps, they will be grouped in teams according to their age and ability level. http://www.nacel.org/cd/summer-camps/france.php
Depending on the sport, there is one coach for every 6 to 9 players; coaches also socialize with students after training hours, giving a high level of personal attention to the individual skill development of every player. Many coaches return to the camps every summer, because they see them as a unique way to develop a love of sport in a nurturing environment. Often time, they are past campers who wish to give back to younger generations, the same attention they once received.
The cost for the cooking + Sport options is 1,580 Euros for soccer, basketball and the multisport options and cooking + Tennis costs 1,695 Euros (approximately $2,160 and $2,320 respectively based on the Euro exchange rate on 27/01/2014), which includes the airport transfers, shared residential accommodation, full board, cooking course and sports training. For more information on the Vichy summer sports camp please email with French Cooking + Sports Camp in the subject or call Nacel's number in the US: 651.315.7880.
Since 1957, Nacel's programs have given young people the opportunity to discover new things about themselves and the world around them. Nacel's programs bring people together to enhance cultural and linguistic awareness and to promote international friendship and harmony. Nacel is an accredited member of many professional language travel industry organizations. We value the quality of our programs, and our customers’ satisfaction is our goal. www.nacel.org.