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Holiday courses

Holiday Courses


The safety and security of Bryanston staff, students and our audience is of paramount importance and we take this responsibility very seriously. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to cancel the majority of our Summer holiday courses. However, we are still planning to run our equestrian courses over the Summer season.

Updates on our Easter and Summer courses 2021 coming soon, so please check back for further details.

The aim of our holiday courses is to provide a combination of focus and fun so that your child can enjoy themselves, make new friends, and at the same time improve their individual sporting talents.

Bryanston's 400 acres are an impressive setting for the sports courses and include extensive playing fields bordered by the river Stour. The new sports hall provides excellent facilities. Overall the grounds, combined with the superb indoor and outdoor facilities Bryanston has to offer, provides the perfect environment for participants to focus on developing their skills and enjoy their sport. 

We now accept Childcare vouchers from certain providers for our courses. For further information, please contact us using the link below:

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Tonks and Cyril Hawes on 01258 484677.

 Please note that when booking a place on our holiday courses you will redirected from this page to an external web page.

Important information 

Safety and Supervision
The safety of the children is of paramount importance.  All coaches have professional coaching qualifications.  Coaching will be in groups small enough to ensure individual attention but large enough to enable the children to practise unit skills.  All other physical activities will be supervised by appropriately qualified staff.  When not being coached, the children will be in the care of experienced staff who will look after all aspects of welfare and enjoyment as well as providing a sympathetic ear when required.

Meals and Refreshments

All meals will be provided in the Dining Hall where there is a variety of healthy options, both hot and cold, including a salad bar. Snacks and drinks can be purchased from our Café. There will be refreshments breaks between coaching sessions. All players are asked to bring a water bottle with them.

In addition to the high level of coaching the children are also given the opportunity to participate in other activities.  This not only gives them the chance to experience a range of pursuits but also provides a break from the main sport interest.Activities may include kayaking on the river, climbing on our superb purpose-built climbing tower, squash, swimming and badminton.

Dress Code and Equipment
A full kit list for each sport will be provided prior to the start of the course.  Suitable attire for each course will need to be worn with children bringing their own cricket bat, tennis racket, hockey stick as appropriate.  For the riding course participants need to have their own horse/pony.


Summer Rowing Course (Ages 11-15) CANCELLED


The course is set in the impressive surroundings of Bryanston School in Blandford. The school’s sport facilities are outstanding, with extensive playing fields bordered by the River Stour and a sports centre containing a large sports hall with cricket nets, gymnasium, squash courts and a 25m heated indoor swimming pool. The school’s environment is perfect for participants to focus on developing their skills whilst utilising the superb indoor and outdoor facilities Bryanston has to offer.

Image of Beth RodfordBeth Rodford - course director

Beth represented Great Britain for 12 years as a full-time international rower and has competed at two Olympic games; Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and 11 World Championships. She is a qualified Level 2 coach and has coached a variety of age groups alongside her GB commitments between 2008-2015, and full time from 2015. She has also acted as a mentor to Junior and U23 athletes while on the GB Rowing Team.


Course Aims

The course is aimed at those who have never been in a rowing boat before and those who have started rowing, but wish to develop their skills further. The objective is to give the rowers confidence, to get them used to being in all types of boats (crew boats and individual boats), develop their technical skills and enhance their teamwork.

Each day the rowers will spend time on the water, on the ergos (rowing machines) and other team activities, making use of Bryanston’s first-class sports facilities.

All participants must be competent swimmers and be able to swim two lengths of our indoor 25m pool in light clothing.  A capsize drill will be carried out on the first day.  Only after successful completion will participants be permitted on the river.

Course Details

  • Age Group
    11-15 year olds
  • Arrival Date
  • Departure Date
  • Times
    9am - 4pm. Drop off from 8:30am and collection up until 4:30pm
  • Residential Course Fee
  • Non-residential Course Fee

If you have any questions, please contact Sam Tonks:

Telephone: 01258 484677


Please note that when booking a place on our holiday courses you will be redirected from this page to Active Network, an external web page.