How much have you enjoyed working at Rydal Penrhos this year?
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working at Rydal Penrhos this year, thriving on the challenges of working within a school environment.
The varying nature of the athletes in terms of ages, genders, abilities and sports is extremely interesting to me, and has constantly allowed me to try new things to improve myself as a coach and to improve the programmes and sessions that I can deliver.
How excited are you to be taking on the Head of Athletic Development role?
I am extremely excited to be taking on the role. When I was offered the opportunity to extend my stay, it was a no-brainer.
The chance to take the department forward in my own image and make a real success of it was too good an opportunity to let pass.#
What attributes do you think you can bring to the position?
I can bring a real passion and willingness to succeed. The nature of the role in the past, whereby a new coach is employed each year, has meant that there has been no real consistency for the students.
This has meant that the department has not been able to progress as much as it is could have. I have committed myself to the role and to the school for the next two years, and my intention is to take the department to the next level, to compete with the programmes offered by the best sporting schools in the country.
Anything less will be considered a disappointment, and I know that with the backing that we have from Allen Boyd our Director of Sport, this is not an unrealistic goal.
How will you be preparing during the summer break?
Preparations have already begun for next year, and some changes have already taken place, with the new weekly gym challenge already gathering interest among the students, and our recent performance testing following a new streamlined procedure.
In addition to this I will be sending out summer conditioning programmes for sport scholars, rugby and netball squads over the next week to ensure that they keep up the hard work over their summer break.
As already mentioned I will be working with England Touch Rugby at the European Championships in July, and I will be using this as an opportunity to learn from fellow coaches and physiotherapists to bring back new ideas that I can implement at school.
What have you enjoyed most about being part of the Rydal Penrhos community?
I have had a great time this year at Rydal Penrhos. I’ve tried to get stuck in and immerse myself in the culture as much as possible. Whether that be pouring teas and coffees at parents evenings, fulfilling pastoral duties, filming rugby matches in the driving rain, accompanying visiting schools on excursions or coaching winter cricket nets, I’ve endeavoured to say yes at every opportunity, and I haven’t regretted it.
I am extremely thankful to Allen Boyd for giving me the opportunity initially, and for putting his faith in me to take the department forward in this role from September.