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Matthew Burns

SEDBERGH EASTER COURSES ATTRACT YOUNG SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN BACK YEAR AFTER YEAR

Just short of 100 young people between the ages of 10 and 15 descended on Sedbergh School during the Easter holidays. Boys and girls came from all over the UK and some travelled from overseas, for Cricket, Rugby 7s and Horse Riding courses with specialist coaches.

Ex Sussex and Durham CC and Sedbergh School teacher Martin Speight ran his popular cricket course, attracting a high volume of returning young sportsmen and women, and Nick Royle returned for his second year to lead the Rugby 7s course.

The ex-England international 7s player, current RFU coach and highest try scorer across the national leagues, plays on the wing for Caldy RFC. He said: “It was fantastic coming back to Sedbergh and to see some of the same faces again, and seeing these youngsters develop over the course.”

Courses lasted four days and pupils were residential in Sedbergh boarding houses and enjoyed a full range of evening activities. As well as the coaches teaching and developing sports skills, this year coaches introduced player development diaries.

Joe De Groote, 12, from Bentham, attended Rugby 7s. He said: “The coaches were brilliant and the feedback we got every day will really help improve my cricket skills. I loved everything about the course and made some good friends, too. Keeping the diary gave us a chance to think about what we had learnt from the game, what skills we had developed, and also what we had learnt about ourselves.”

Nicky Millington, Commercial Manager, said: “We love seeing new faces every year but we were absolutely delighted that almost 50 per cent of the children who came had been on one or more courses before.

We know some will be returning in the summer, and have had first reservations for Easter Cricket for 2018. It was a fantastic group of children who made the most of superb coaching, the location and the additional features this year such as the half-day outward bounds session and the player diaries.”

To download a copy of the 2017 summer brochure please visit http://summercourses.sedberghschool.org or call 015396 22616, and to see photos from this year’s courses please visit: – https://www.flickr.com/photos/114673291@N02/albums

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