Sports Development

St Joseph’s Holiday Camp Dates 2017/2018 for your Diary

Christmas: 18th to 21st December 2017 – Link to PDF

February half term: 12th to 16th February 2018

Easter: (2 weeks) 3rd to 6th of April & 9th to 13th of April 2018

Whit half term: 29th May to 1st June (4 days) 2018

Summer: Full programme of activities starting Monday the 23rd of July 2018

Details of activities for each camp will be available in Schools and on this page in the weeks prior to each camp.


Each School holiday Sports Development Officer David Wise runs a variety of Sports camps from the School site. With activities ranging from Fishing and Archery to Football, Tennis and Multi Sports and often linking with local clubs in the area the camps cater for ages 4 and upwards and are designed to offer low cost, exciting and challenging Sports coaching sessions. David coaches as well as bringing in other specialist Coaches and he also has a team of young Sports leaders who help to run the camps culminating in a 6 week Summer holiday programme.


The brand new Sports Hall facilities are now in use and are enhancing the range of activities we offer in the evenings. Currently we have activities for many age groups and as things progress we will be adding to our list all the time. Please see below for details:
Mondays and Wednesdays:
5.00 – 6.00pm – Walking Football for Men & Women over 40 £3 per session outdoors on the Astro. (See report & link below)


4.00 – 5.00pm – Multi Sports for years Reception to Year 2- A great session to work on the fundamental skills required to play Sport – £2 per session (1 week free if paying for term).

5.00 – 6.00pm – Play Football:  for School years 2 to 5 £3.00 per session (1 week free if paying for term). An ideal place to try Football before joining a local club.

5.00-6.00pm – Tots Tennis: For ages 4 to 6. £3 per session (first session free then pay for the half term)THE place to begin your child’s Tennis adventure. Coach Rob Jefferson ensures a FUNdamental beginning to learning the game.

5:00 – 6:00pm – Table Tennis Club-a GREAT way to end the week! Bring the family along to play the a relaxing game of Ping Pong! – £2 per session (Family members go free). See below for Table Tennis report:


Table Tennis is a major growth Sport at St Joseph’s School. The purchase of 2 outdoor tables to compliment our 7 indoor tables has led to the creation of a weekly lunch group, regular lunch and break time play and a Friday after School Club with the tables rarely being empty. The School have played matches against Workington Academy and the Whitehaven Harbour Youth Project  (worth a look at their website)  as well as linking up with them. The Friday Night Family Table Tennis Club is run by Sports Development Officer and Level 1 Table Tennis Coach David Wise and is held between 5 and 6pm on Fridays in term time. The Club is aimed at creating a family environment  and providing good fun to boot.
David commented: “Table Tennis is really developing here at St Joseph’s as it is such a fantastic Sport and as there is very little provision in West Cumbria we thought it would be the ideal Sport for families to play together”. “The Club costs £2 for children with other family members going free.”
Anyone wanting more information is asked to call or email David on the following:
Tel: 07742547767 or email


Walking Football made its debut on the 18th of January 2016 at St Joseph’s School with the first session held in the Sports Hall.

Primarily aimed at the over 40’s and designed to use the skills of the game but at a slower pace it really is a great Sport to play.
Having led the first session Sports Development Officer David Wise said “The idea of playing the game at walking pace is strange but it really is a good work out as you need to be passing and moving all the time”. “Tactics play a much larger part and the skill levels remain high as well”.
“In fact, it would be a good idea if children played this way in training as it really encourages players to keep the ball down and play the game properly”. The Monday session has attracted good numbers so we have added a second session on a Wednesday.
Plans are afoot to create Workington’s first ever official Walking Football team with the intention of competing in local events and competitions further afield, although our sessions cater for everyone.
The sessions are held every Monday and Wednesday evening at 5pm to 6pm with a cost of £3 per session. Anyone wanting to book a place should contact David on 07742547767 or alternatively just turn up! All you need is sporty clothing and trainers.
For more info on this amazing game please visit


Friday the 11th of November 2016 saw St Joseph’s link up with Cumbria Youth Alliance to support an Arts based community projects in the Moorclose area that offers free activities for our students on Friday evenings.
The session is run by Angela Good at Moorclose Community Centre. Angela has worked with young children in the community for many years and her session caters for more social and creative based activities. Her group also takes part in volunteer based activities such as the John Muir award and Duke of Edinburgh Scheme with many weekends away on trips!
For further information on this excellent project please call David on 07742547767.


We are currently looking into developing Badminton sessions at St Joseph’s as well. Both David and head of PE Mrs Bell recently completed their level 1 coaching course and are hoping to join forces with Workington Badminton Club to develop the Sport in Schools and during the evenings here. WATCH THIS SPACE….
To book onto any of the above activities please contact David on 07742547767
David Wise
Sports Development Officer
St Joseph’s Catholic High School, Workington