Ashville College will be hosting a three-day Easter sports camp open to boys and girls from across the Harrogate District.

Aimed at children in Years 5 to 8 from any school, the camp takes place from Tuesday 6th April until Thursday 8th April, and will see the young attendees taking part in a variety of games and activities to introduce and develop fundamental skills in rugby and hockey, alongside an introduction to strength and conditioning principles.

The event is being delivered by experienced members of the College’s PE department including Gary Mercer, Laura Thompson and Jamie Joyce.

Gary, the College’s Head of Rugby, is a former New Zealand international who has played for Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers. He said:

“Our Easter sports camp will give boys and girls an opportunity to learn and develop skills in hockey and rugby, whilst taking part in different games and fun activities.

“We are fortunate to have excellent sports facilities available for the camp to take place on the Ashville campus, with a large number of sports pitches that will be suitable whatever the weather.

“Laura, Jamie and I are really looking forward to hosting this event, and in particular welcoming youngsters from various schools to join us for plenty of exercise and have fun through the medium of sport.”

Laura is Head of Hockey at Ashville College, and has represented the North of England and played at National League level, whilst Jamie is a strength and conditioning coach at Ashville, and previously worked with academy athletes at the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association).

The cost per day is £35, or £100 for all three and includes lunch, and places can be booked here, via Eventbrite. There is a 10% discount for siblings, and this can be accessed using the promotion code: sibling. For more information about Ashville College, visit or contact Mr Duncan Archer, Camp Manager on

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