Yorkshire school launches Sports Scholars programme

The programme has been designed to nurture the sports stars of the future with a range of extra support

An independent day and boarding school in Yorkshire has introduced Sports Scholars – a new programme designed to nurture the sports stars of the future.

Pocklington School is inviting applications for the specially developed programme, which will begin in September 2021, from students entering into years nine and 12.

The programme is led by director of sport and former Yorkshire County Cricket Captain, David Byas, and head of athletic development Jonny Wheeler.

Successful applicants will receive a bespoke strength and conditioning support programme, performance feedback from matches and training via GPS units, a yearly kit voucher and access to Leadership Academy seminars, including presentations by external speakers and former Pocklington School students involved in professional sport.

They will also receive video analysis of their performance and priority access to the school’s triage system if they suffer an injury through the season.

Our new Sports Scholars programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people and will enhance the already excellent provision Pocklington offers – David Byas, Pocklington School 

Those in the sixth form will receive a specialist sports mentor and access to sports performance and psychology platform, Believe Perform.

Byas said: “Our new Sports Scholars programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people and will enhance the already excellent provision Pocklington offers.

“Becoming a Pocklington Sports Scholar will offer opportunities and challenges, but also the responsibility to always set and maintain the highest standards. We welcome applications from young people who will draw great benefit from and contribute significantly to the life of the school.”

Young people from the local area and those already attending Pocklington School are invited to apply for the programme. Applicants must have been recognised for their talent externally, for example, through playing for the county, being involved in a talent development pathway or being recommended by the head of sport at their school.

Pocklington School recently launched new weekly and part-time boarding packages to provide families with more flexibility, including an option for boarders to stay any two nights between Monday and Thursday.


Find out more about the new Sports Scholars programme

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