Gemma Atkins
Bsc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science and PGCE with QTS
Director of Sport

Gemma joined us in 2016 and is Ampleforth's first ever female Director of Sport. Gemma spent the first nine years of her teaching career in Formby, Liverpool before moving to Dubai where she was appointed Director of Sport at Jumeirah English Speaking School. Gemma spent three years in Dubai before returning  to Yorkshire to undertake her new role at Ampleforth, in which she has re-structured the department to encourage a smooth transition between St Martin's Ampleforth and Ampleforth College and embedded the six Core Sports Values into everything the department does (Pride, Ownership, Work Ethic, Enjoyment, Resilience and Team). Gemma also played National League hockey and county cricket. 

  • Will James
    Head 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 Miles
    BA (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 Vries
    BA (Hons) University of Leeds, Level 3 Coach
    Head 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 Slingsby
    BA (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 Barker
    BSc (Hons) Sport Studies
    Graduate 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 Lister
    BSc Hons, PGCE with QTS
    Rugby 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 Walker
    Diploma in Financial Planning (DipPFS), Investment Management Certificate (IMC)
    Rugby Coach

    Gary retired from the Investment and Financial Services industry in 2016. He is an RFU Level 3 Coach (2007) and qualified SAQ trainer (2005), who had 10 successful seasons playing with Roundhay and Headingley, before their merger to form Leeds (now Yorkshire Carnegie), whom he represented in their inaugural season (1992/93), playing in their first ever game and kicking the Club’s first ever goal. He has coached at Senior National League level, having been Director of Rugby at Otley RUFC (2009- 2012), in addition, he developed an Otley Junior team from U12 through to U17, whose honours included 5 Yorkshire Cups (2006/7/8/10/11) and 3 National Championships (2005/6/7) played at Twickenham. He has also coached Yorkshire U18’s (2013-15) and the Yorkshire Senior team (2014/15).

  • Jodie Rose
    Secondary 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 Forde
    Level 4 Tennis Coach
    Tennis 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.

  • Tom Harrison
    Rugby Coach
  • Chloe Hopper
    Sports Graduate and Swimming & Netball Specialist
  • Kuda Kamwaza
    Sports Graduate and Hockey Specialist
  • Aaron Virr
    BA 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-Alexander
    B.A. (Hons) Philosophy, Lancaster
    Sports 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.