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Book now for elite Easter holiday sports coaching

21 Jan 2017

ELITE sports coaching is on offer this Easter with a week of instruction covering all the skills, mindsets and health demands of competing at the highest level.
Former England and Harlequins rugby forward, and director of sport at Barnard Castle School, Martin Pepper is running his PEPS high-level coaching programme for children in U11-U15 age categories during the Easter holidays.
Cricket, squash, hockey and rugby coaching will be available for boys and girls, with the addition of netball for girls.
Hosted at Barnard Castle School from April 10-13, participants can opt to immerse themselves completely by staying overnight at the school for the whole sports week, or choose the non-residential option.
As well as high level instruction in the field, coaching includes classroom sessions covering sports psychology, nutrition, personal feedback, player centred skills, game awareness, injury prevention and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning and target setting.
Mr Pepper has been a leading light in the careers of many of its home-grown international rugby players, as well as other sports over the years, and his sports weeks have the backing of England and premiership rugby players Mathew Tait and Lee Dickson.
Mathew, an Old Barnardian who plays for Leicester Tigers, said: “I enjoyed many sports at school but was able to progress to the rugby elite pathway thanks to the continued guidance of Martin. I am sure PEPS Sports Weeks will inspire other young people to reach their full potential and help forge strong links with coaching staff to aid their development.”
Lee, another former Barnard Castle School pupil and Northampton Saints team member, added: “Martin was instrumental in providing me with the confidence and belief to pursue a career in rugby. Sport was always a significant part of my life at school but the direction and support I received there and after leaving was invaluable in what I have managed to achieve.”
Mr Pepper explained that the week was designed to encourage talent and bridge the gap between schools and clubs and the representative pathways in individual sports.
He said: “By the end of the week participants will be able to go back to their schools or clubs with something tangible which they can use to improve their performance and achieve their goals. Hopefully they will return for future sessions with us to help them achieve their sporting aspirations.”
To book a place on the PEPS Elite Sports Week, visit