The HDN Academy is located in the Hauts de Nîmes area in southern France, on an exceptional 40-hectare site in the heart of the garrigue.

In addition to our extensive experience providing courses that combine sports training with academic studies (amongst the longest running in France) our uniqueness also resides in the family spirit that we cultivate year upon year.


Our main objective is to support all of our pupils in achieving their life project.

History and philosophy of the HDN Academy

Having started out as the national or even international training centre in 1977, HDN Academy, created by Georges Deniau, former captain of the national team, started providing courses combining sports training with academic studies over 20 years ago, under the leadership of Cédric Nouvel and Pascal Courtois. 

The Academy is a place for training, but with the conviviality of a family and the excellence of an elite. 


Our aim is to work with you to create an actual life plan, from the last year of primary (CM2) through to the Baccalaureate or even the BTS and beyond (the BTS, or “Brevet de Technicien Supérieur”, is an Advanced Technical Diploma): ensuring academic excellence with undisputable and recognised dependability.

Developing the right attitude towards work, an appetite for effort, solidarity and respect and creating a familial and warm atmosphere around our pupils creates an atmosphere very specific to HDN Academy

An exceptional team 

The HDN Academy brings together exceptional skills and expertise: coaches with high level experience, physical and mental trainers, an academic teaching team, staff providing health and fitness monitoring, a boarding care team and a key stone administrative centre to organise and manage it all!

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