Glebe House School in Hunstanton launches sports academy

Glebe House, which is launching a sports academy. Picture: Matthew Usher

Glebe House, which is launching a sports academy. Picture: Matthew Usher

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A private school has unveiled plans to launch a sports academy when the new academic year begins in September.

Glebe House School in Hunstanton says it will operate under the motto “excellence and enjoyment”.

It will be led by the school’s head of sport, Jon Turner, and offer bespoke coaching for children in a wide range of sports.

During a pilot of the academy during the summer term of the 2016/17 academic year, children enjoyed sailing lessons at Snettisham Sailing Club.

They were also given golf tuition from PGA professional Ray Stocker at the Searles Leisure Resort and Heacham Manor golf courses.

Coaching in rugby, hockey and football will take place during the autumn term, with tuition from Mr Turner and a range of experts.

“Our Sports Development Programme (SDP) aims to offer bespoke training and development for our most talented athletes and focus on the key skills of each sport,” said Mr Turner.

“Dedicated sessions will focus on tactical understanding and decision-making which, combined with fun and personal goal development will help children to achieve new levels of sporting excellence.”

Headmaster John Crofts said: “Glebe House School has a long history of sporting achievement.

“And we have always worked hard to ensure that each child is given the opportunity to regularly play as a member of our sports teams. The new Sports Academy will support pupils with a keen interest and ability, and provide children with the chance to try new and challenging sports and activities. I am delighted by Jon Turner’s lead as head of sport in developing the training and range of activities on offer.

“We have already seen pupils take up the challenge of pro golf training and develop their skills on the water, and I am confident many more will participate in the programme as it launches formally in September. Glebe House School offers a range of sports scholarships and awards and we would be delighted to hear from parents, guardians and coaches who feel their children have the potential to excel here.”

The school, on Cromer Road, was founded in 1874. At the time of its last inspection in 2015, it had 174 pupils and was rated “outstanding” by the Independents Schools Insopectorate.

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