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TC delighted to appoint new Director of Sport

Posted: 25th May 2023

Tettenhall College is delighted to announce that Mr. James Hamilton will be joining as the new Director of Sport, starting in January 2024.

Currently serving as the Director of Rugby at Nottingham High School, which was recognised as the Times Co-Education Independent School of the Year in 2022, James brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record in sports development and fostering the growth of young athletes across various disciplines. He currently serves as the Head Coach of the Nottingham, Lincolnshire, Derby England Rugby Girls Developing Players Programme and previously held the position of Head Coach for the Developing Players Programme at Leicester Tigers. Earlier in his career, James was the Head of Boys PE at Stafford Grammar School, where he achieved great success in delivering academic PE at Key Stage 3, GCSE, and A Level. In addition, he led the first and A teams in rugby, football, cricket, hockey, netball and rounders for girls.

Throughout a highly competitive selection process, James expressed his belief in challenging and empowering students to be the best person they can be. He states “Everyone deserves a chance to take part in sport and be given the same opportunity, to be challenged and take part in enjoyable high-quality sessions. There should be no limits or boundaries to stop a child developing and playing a sport they want to play.”

James also firmly believes that students have a voice in their learning environment. At his previous schools, he established “Captain’s Forums” to allow captains from each age group to provide feedback on programme strengths and areas for improvement. He encourages his teachers and coaches to create opportunities for personal and professional development, resulting in significant growth. With this philosophy his programmes representation in competitive matches increased by over 100%, to a high of 419 in most recent times. His vision led to the programme reaching and winning the National Final of the Schools Bowl in 2022. Along with this, his approach of development and challenge has led to numerous students participating in regional and national representative programmes, as well leading to several students earning international caps at England U18 and U20 national players.

Tettenhall College has ambitious goals for its sports programme, aiming for broad participation and high achievement for all students. With an ambitious and experienced Director of Sport leading the way, we are confident that the already strong sports programme will continue to thrive and achieve even greater success.

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