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

    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.

  • Nicola Horn
    BA (Hons) Physical Education with Planning and Administration (Leeds)
    Head of Squash

    As head of Squash, there are fewer better qualified as Nicola plays squash for England in age group teams. Squash is a very successful sport having gone unbeaten last year in their schools programme and developing players who will use this life skill. We compete against local clubs as well as schools including very prestigious fixtures against Chapel Allerton and The Jesters. Role model visits for squash have included World Number One, James Willstrop. Nicola is an inspirational figure and role model to the students, the girls in particular, and it is clear that girls' sport and squash has developed significantly as a result.

  • JJ Owen
    BA (Hons) Physical Education with English, QTS & PGCE (Brunel University)
    Head of Sports Studies

    JJ joined Ampleforth from Bradfield College in 2007 as head of hockey and now also leads the Sports Science department. This department is successful and has achieved strong A-Level and GCSE results; as well as very high value added scores at GCSE. His pedagogy is second to none and prides himself on knowing every detail of the syllabus.  As head of hockey, JJ boasts two unbeaten regular school seasons in the last three years and has included two England Schools players in the squads. The brand of hockey is attacking and attractive which leads to plenty of goals but most importantly, gets the students to buy into the sport. We currently run 3 senior and 4 junior teams at both boys and girls entering national, regional and county cups. Fixtures include strong schools such as Worksop College, Grammar School at Leeds and St Peter’s, York.

  • Chris Booth
    BSc (Hons) Sport, Health & Exercise Science (Loughborough), PGCE with QTS (Buckingham)
    Head of Cricket, Head of Basil Hume Scholars & Junior Hockey Coordinator

    Chris joined Ampleforth in 2011 as a Graduate Assistant Teacher after leaving Loughborough University. Chris specializes in hockey and cricket, having played both to a high standard. In cricket he has played some 2nd XI matches for Warwickshire and represented the Midlands MCC in the national finals at Lord’s. As the junior hockey coordinator he works closely with JJ Owen organizing training sessions, junior tours and links with St Martin’s Ampleforth.

    Chris also heads up the Basil Hume Scholarship programme for the whole school which includes Art, Drama, Music, Sport and Academic. This creates a natural link with the sports development programme but he also has an overview of each pupils loading involved in gifted and talented programmes.

    Chris is also a Tutor in St Hugh’s 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)
    Teacher of Physical Education

    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. 

  • Thomas Grieve
    BSc (Hons) Sports Development with Coaching
    Head of Aquatics

    Thomas graduated from Sheffield Hallam university in 2017 with a First Class Honours degree in Sport Development with Coaching. He has represented Great Britain at the Under 17 European Championships in Water Polo, gaining his first Senior Water Polo cap for England in May 2017 competing at the EU nations tournament in Poland where his team finished 3rd. Thomas has also represented Team GBR at the World University Games in Taiwan finishing 8th overall. Thomas is currently studying for my PGCE with QTS at The University of Buckingham and is coaching the U11 Rugby team at SMA and the Water Polo 1st team. 

  • 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).

  • Robyn Flockhart
    BA (Hons) York St John
    Sport Graduate

    Robyn graduated from York St John University in 2017, with a degree in Physical Education and Youth Sport BA (Hons). She took the opportunity as a Graduate Sport Assistant at Ampleforth College straight away. She is now completing a PGCE in Secondary Physical Education. Swimming is Robyn's main sport, attaining Scottish National level. She also took part in cross country for her former school, reaching English National level. Robyn has experience working in other countries; helping to build a sports pitch in South Africa for a primary school. She also recently spent a summer at Camp America as a lifeguard, teaching children to swim.

  • 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. 

  • James Cane
    BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise (Coaching Science) (University of Teesside)
    Rugby Coach

    James joined Ampleforth College as a Rugby Coach in 2017. In 2014 during his degree, James began delivering a rugby development programme to children in Middlesbrough as a volunteer Head Coach at Middlesbrough Rugby Club. Since 2015, James has worked on behalf of England Rugby as an All Schools Coach, assisting the development of the grassroots game. James has increased participation of both male and female players by supporting the transition from schools to clubs across Middlesbrough. His qualifications include a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education: Education and Training, a BSc (Hons) Sport & Exercise (Coaching Science) degree and a UKCC Level 2 – Coaching the 15-a-side game. James is currently working towards professional formation to attain Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

  • 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.