Course Dates:

27 - 31 July 

03 - 07 August 

Ages 6-11       Day - £299

Monday to Friday      9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Based at Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School

video from 2019 sport development course

A very warm welcome to the revised 2020 Sedbergh Courses programme. Sedbergh School is very proud of its summer programme and especially so in the planning of this summer with the additional challenges of Covid-19. Our summer courses will comprise of 3 main elements - Sport Skill Development, Inspiring Activities and most of all Fun!

After the long weeks on lockdown this will be a great opportunity for all children to get some dedicated time to develop multiple skill sets across many sports. Fresh air, socialising with other children under carefully supervised conditions, rebuilding a fitness base and taking part in extra activities will all contribute to a smooth transition back to school life in September. All set in the beautiful campus of Casterton, Sedbergh Prep School.

Sedbergh Courses and the Magic Academy, John Fletcher & Russell Earnshaw (World Leading Sport Coach Developers), will be supported by Rupert Bunday and Ellie Thompson to create an unforgettable ‘Sedbergh Experience’ for children of all abilities.

The programme will consist of a wide variety of sports based skills using elements of Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Athletics, to name a few. This will be complemented by an activities schedule to include Arts & Crafts, STEM and Performing Arts where children will be challenged to think creatively.

In addition to the sports and activities programme, all children will also take part in our Physical Literacy (PL) sessions. PL is current across all junior sports programmes and is defined as   ".. being the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person".


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meet the coaches

john fletcher

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John started out as Head Coach of the Newcastle Falcons Academy before being promoted to Senior Director of Rugby. He then took a role with the RFU as Head Coach of the England U18 team and has been instrumental in developing high performing young players such as Anthony Watson, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers.

russell earnshaw

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Russell won the Heineken Cup with Bath and played 7s for England. Then as the assistant coach for England 7s he won back to back Dubai titles, Twickenham 7s and England's first ever victory at the Wellington 7s. He then worked alongside John for the England Rugby Elite Development Pathway.

rupert bunday


Rupert Bunday is the current Director of Sport for Sedbergh Preparatory School and has a wealth of experience as an athlete and a coach. He is incredibly passionate about sporting development and believes in prioritising fundamental athletic movement and transferable sporting skills.

ellie thompson

Ellie Thompson

Ellie has a real passion for teaching and inspiring others. Following University, she was the Female Sports Coach at Sedbergh Prep, Hockey Coach at Sedbergh school and Kirkby Lonsdale U14 Hockey Coach.  She aspires to create a positive learning environment, where everyone can develop, achieve and most importantly have fun.

Testimonial from 2019 courses

“My son and daughter both had a fantastic time, we were very impressed with everything they told us about the course. The following weekend my son went on a rugby tour where he was voted by the coaches as player of the tournament for his improvement, so the course is clearly taking effect. My daughter is also showing a much more can do attitude towards her sports and her independence and confidence has definitely grown.“


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