- Will JamesHead of Rugby & Assistant Director of Sport
Will joined Ampleforth after retiring from professional rugby, playing his final game for Gloucester in front of a packed Kingsholm after 187 appearances. Will was also part of the 2007 Welsh World Cup squad playing four games. Will leads the 1st XV and has had an immediate impact on the forwards. Will also heads up the Sports Development programme. This very important area of Ampleforth Sport ties in all the most promising sportsmen and women with lectures on nutrition to practical sessions on SAQ, strength and conditioning and swim fit. With the new Strength and conditioning unit, we are able to offer bespoke training for each athlete which Will oversees. Will is also a Tutor in St Thomas’ House.
- Jack MilesBA (Hons) Coaching Physical Education (Exeter University), iPGCE (Buckingham University)Head of Strength and Conditioning
Jack joined us from West Buckland School where he held the role of Assistant Housemaster and 1st Forwards Coach. He was also Devon Rugby U15’s Coach and involved with the Exeter Chiefs Developing Player Programme. Jack has also been closely involved with the Yorkshire Carnigie Developing Players Programme. As Head of Ruby, Jack organises the junior rugby tour and fixtures for the U13 and U11 teams. As Head of Strength and Conditioning, he arranges individual and group programming and timetabling for all teams.
- Adam de VriesBA (Hons) University of Leeds, Level 3 CoachHead of Tennis
Adam joined us in 2016 and has previously coached regional and national level players, he was also a County Captain for a number of years looking after Yorkshires U12 and U14 age groups. Adam has played County tennis and trained full time in the UK before gaining a tennis scholarship to a college in America. He oversees the whole tennis programme at Ampleforth where players get the chance to compete regularly, have access to group and private lessons, strength and conditioning, and enjoy trips to professional tennis tournaments. Ampleforth Tennis Club has also been created to provide top class tennis coaching for children in the local community. Adam is also a Tutor in St Bede’s House.
- Mike SlingsbyBA (Hons) Physical Education (University of Cumbria), PGCE with QTS (University of Buckingham)Head of Core PE
Mike has been involved with the College for a number of years as both a teaching assistant and gap year student. He is now part of the Graduate Teaching Programme, having graduated from University of Cumbria with a specialism in Strength and Conditioning. Mike teaches Rugby and Cricket as well as assisting Jack and Will in delivering Strength and Conditioning.
- Joe BarkerBSc (Hons) Sport StudiesGraduate Sports Assistant and Hockey Coach
Joe is newly graduated from Leeds Beckett University with his specialised sport being Hockey. He has represented Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Hockey club, and Scotland U21s in most recent years. Joe has a great passion for sport, and gaining experience to become a better teacher and coach. Joe has a Level 1 Tennis coaching qualification and a qualification in teaching athletics in a secondary school.
- David ListerBSc Hons, PGCE with QTSRugby Coach
After graduating from Durham, David completed a PGCE at Alnwick. He has over 15 years experience of teaching PE and coaching sport within a variety of educational settings. David played Rugby many times for Yorkshire, with whom he won the County Championship at Twickenham. He retired from a semi-professional contract in 2013 after playing 13 seasons at National 1 for Wharfedale RUFC, where he achieved a club record for most first team appearances and holds a National League record for most consecutive appearances. David is a Level 3 Rugby Coach, Level 2 Gym Instructor and a Level 2 Cricket Coach.
- Gary WalkerDiploma in Financial Planning (DipPFS), Investment Management Certificate (IMC)Rugby Coach
Gary retired from International Institutional Investment Management in 2016 after 36 successful years in the industry.
He qualified as a Level 3 RFU Coach in 2007 and is currently the Head National Coach of Latvian Rugby, at both 15s & 7s. He played in Yorkshire Carnegies first ever game, and his extensive Coaching experience includes both the Yorkshire Men’s Senior & U18 Teams, together with been Director of Rugby at Otley RUFC in National 1 & 2. During his time at Otley he also coached one of their Junior teams, winning 3 National Championships at Twickenham, 1 Northern Division Cup and 5 Yorkshire Cups.
- Jodie RoseSecondary Education Physical Education and Sport 2 year accelerated BA Hons (Leeds trinity) Secondary Physical Education PGCE (Sheffield Hallam)Head of Netball
Jodie joined Ampleforth after completing her teacher training at The grammar School, Leeds. She has a specialism in Netball and leads on the continuing growth of this sport across the school. She also contributes to the hockey programme and heads up the rounder's programme in the summer term. Jodie has played in the Yorkshire 'superleague' and has contributed to the development of their younger players. She is also a tutor in St Oswald's House.
- Sam FordeLevel 4 Tennis CoachTennis Coach
Sam has played and coached to an extremely high level, working at some of the best tennis clubs in the country. Reaching the top 5 in the UK and representing Great Britain, Sam competed internationally for a number of years, winning National titles in singles and doubles. Sam has a wealth of experience coaching at all levels and has worked with regional and national level players, even travelling with professional players.
- Justin MetcalfeBSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Cardiff Metropolitan University)Head of Hockey
Justin joined us from Woldingham School where he held the role of Teacher of PE and Hockey specialist at Woldingham School. He was also the Head Hockey Coach for the University of Kent and coached in the England Hockey Player Pathway System. During Justin’s time studying Sport and Exercise Science at Cardiff Metropolitan University he represented: Cardiff Met University’s Men’s 1st team, Cardiff & Met Hockey 1st team (National League Hockey), Welsh Universities Team (BUCS Home Nations), Wales U18 & Wales U21. Justin is also the Year 10 tutor of St Hugh’s House.
- Tom HarrisonRugby Coach
- Chloe HopperSports Graduate and Swimming & Netball Specialist
- Kuda KamwazaSports Graduate and Hockey Specialist
- Aaron VirrBA Hons Sports Development & Coaching, York St John.Sports Graduate and Head of Golf
Aaron graduated York St John University in May 2019, with a BA Hons in Sports Development & Coaching. In addition teaching golf, Aaron also specialises in cricket, having represented his university team and competed at district level. He also has a Level 1 coaching Qualification in Football.
- Rupert Vann-AlexanderB.A. (Hons) Philosophy, LancasterSports Graduate, Rugby Specialist and Strength & Conditioning Coach
Rupert is a pastoral graduate with a specialism in Strength and Conditioning. After graduating with B.A Hons in Philosophy from the University of Lancaster, Rupert went on to work as an Instructor with "Fit 4 Life" and a Personal Trainer with Pure Gym. Here at the College, Rupert plans and teaches his own lessons, coaching rugby, delivering Strength & Conditioning training and carrying out various other duties as part of the Games Department Team. Rupert's other qualifications include; Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral, Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training, Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning, Level 3 Award in Outdoor Fitness and a Level 3 Award in Business and Marketing.