Gemma Atkins
Director of Sport

We are delighted to welcome Gemma as Director of Sport from September 2016

  • Will James
    Head of Rugby

    Will joined us two years ago 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. Now Will is bringing all that experience into the teaching environment and we are very lucky to have such a well-qualified and enthusiastic head of rugby. He 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 Core PE

    Nicola is head of core PE and runs a fantastic programme from Year 9 to Year 11. Each year starts with fitness testing so that we can identify each pupils needs and develop a programme to suit. Once testing is complete, each student has the opportunity to take part in various activities such as life saving and volleyball. 

    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.

    Nicola is also Assistant Head of Middle School, Assistant Housemistress in St Bede’s House and a Year 10 tutor

  • 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. 

    JJ is also a Tutor in St Edward's & Wilfrid's House.

  • 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 two years ago from Westbuckland School in Devon where he was Assistant Housemaster, 1st XV forwards coach and junior rugby coordinator. Jack heads up the strength and conditioning programme which involves individual sessions, plans and early morning sessions for each team. Jack teaches rugby, swimming and cricket.

    Jack is also a Tutor and Assistant Housemaster in St Dunstan’s House.

  • Adam de Vries
    Head of Tennis

    Adam joined us in 2015 from Ilkley Lawn and Tennis Club where he was head of outreach and a lead coach in their performance programme. Adam takes over a vibrant and successful tennis club with over 120 pupils taking part and individual lessons throughout the year. Ampleforth hosts two Northern Schools festivals for U16 and U18 in which over 20 schools attend.

  • 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.