Sedbergh Sport provides a unique sporting education for pupils of all abilities who are interested in, and committed to, sport and athletic activities. A powerful combination of facilities, coaching and competition is underpinned by the most modern sports science network. Elite performers at Sedbergh train year round in their chosen sports, under the guidance of top coaches. They compete at the top level of school sport. Since co-education in 2001, girls now mirror these high Sedbergh standards. A unique Awards scheme aims to make these opportunities available to all gifted performers.
Sporting successes abound at country, regional and national levels in a range of sports.
Coaching and Conditioning
A large number of the School’s teaching staff are heavily committed to the sports programme, and draw on their top level experience as coaches and players. Additionally, the School has a network of full-time professional coaches in a variety of sports, who work year-round, often one-on-one, with promising performers of all ages. Outstanding fitness training and testing facilities are overseen by specialist conditioning coaches and, for rugby players, there is additional regular input from the fitness advisers from Premiership clubs. Older pupils have individual schedules specific to their sport and reflecting their annual competitive programme.
Dartfish software is used as part of an innovative performance analysis programme. Individual and team performances are analysed for feedback and coaching purposes. Video feedback is also an important part of the one-on-one cricket coaching programme, which involves pupils of all ages throughout the year.
Sedbergh facilities support elite performance in a range of sports. Heavy investment in turf technologies has ensured that playing fields are of the highest quality. There are ten rugby pitches and five cricket grounds – including the main cricket square used for three day Minor Counties championship matches. Astroturf hockey pitch, sports hall, indoor cricket facilities, swimming pool, courts for netball and tennis all allow for top class training and competition. An all-weather sprint track and fully equipped weight training gym are recent additions to an ever-improving sporting environment.
English Institute of Sport and Blackburn Rovers Doctor Phillip Batty is resident at the School. Along with specialist sports physiotherapists, he oversees injury prevention and management within a unique rehabilitation programme. He also leads sports science support which includes an innovative education programme on nutrition, supplements, conditioning, rest, psychology, goal setting, team dynamics and lifestyle management.
Travel, Touring and Teamwork
Consistent with the School’s policy of seeking top opposition, teams tour regularly all over the world playing the best known opponents on every continent. A regular programme allows all pupils access to at least one major tour during their Sedbergh career.
Recent trips have included:
•Rugby: South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America
•Cricket: Antigua, Trinidad Tobago, Sri Lanka and South Africa
•Netball: St Lucia
•Girls Hockey: Spain
The School aims to test its teams and individuals at all ages, and in all sports, against the best in Britain and Ireland. In an ambitious fixture list, opponents include Blackrock (Ireland), Llandovery (Wales), Merchiston Castle (Scotland) and Millfield, Wellington College, Oundle, Rugby, Marlborough and other leading English schools and academies.
To find out more:
Sedbergh School website
or visit the sports website of Sedbergh School
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