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Pocklington School invites applications for new Sports Scholars programme

Pocklington School pupil playing in a girls' hockey match on astro

Pocklington School has introduced a prestigious new Sports Scholars programme and is now inviting applications in readiness for the start of the programme in September 2021.

Led by Director of Sport and former Yorkshire County Cricket Captain, David Byas and Head of Athletic Development, Jonny Wheeler, this specially developed programme is designed to nurture and support the sports men and women of the future.  The Sports Scholars will receive a range of support and is aimed at students entering into Years 9 and 12.

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 Schools’ triage system if they suffer an injury through the season.  In addition, Sports Scholars in the Sixth Form will receive a specialist sports mentor and access to the ‘Believe Perform’ platform, the world’s leading source of performance psychology, well-being and mental health content for the sport community

Pocklington School pupils playing rugby

David 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.”

Applications are invited from students throughout the area and those already attending Pocklington School. Candidates for entry into Year 9 should already represent their school in at least two sports, including rugby, hockey, netball, tennis, cricket or athletics.  Talent at other sports will also be considered e.g.  squash, swimming and golf.  Sixth Form Sports Scholars can specialise in just one sport.

Sports Scholars should also have external recognition of their talent such as playing for the county, involvement in a talent development pathway or have been identified as a ‘stand out’ player by the Head of Sport at their school.

To find out more about the Pocklington School Sports Scholars Programme please visit http://bit.ly/Pocksport or call 01759 321255. For information about fee assistance to Pocklington School’s Sixth Form please visit  https://bit.ly/38Bn6Ib

The Pocklington Foundation community (which includes Pre School through to Sixth Form, ages 3-18) attracts families from all walks of life. The diverse backgrounds of its pupils are highly valued by parents, who recognise that it helps nurture their children into grounded and capable young men and women.