Growing up in Northern Ireland, I have witnessed sports unique ability to unite all social backgrounds, whilst instilling strong personal and core values. I strongly believe PE can serve as a catalyst to allow young people to express themselves freely and develop skills which will enhance their opportunities to serve as leaders within society. Through such approaches, sporting habits can be developed, with pupils motivated to partake in physical activity, leading to lifelong participation.
By moving to a different country at a young age, I have gained a huge amount of independence, making friends for life through playing competitive sport. Numerous hurdles have been presented, some cleared easily, some I failed. Failure is an important part of life and how we respond and most importantly learn, helps to develop our character and personality. This is something which Kings staff have a shared outlook on and really impresses me meaning pupils at Kings can leave as determined and resilient young adults and become leaders within society.
I studied Sport and PE at Liverpool Hope University. I then completed my PGCE with qualified teacher status at Loughborough University, which is largely recognised for its excellent sport programmes. At Kings, leadership teams focus on what is best for pupils demonstrated by introducing a qualification in health and social care. Having studied this at A Level, there is clear links to physical education and I am eager to develop pupils’ interests and knowledge within this field.
The range of extracurricular sports on offer at Kings is highly compatible to my experiences at school. Throughout school, I have won numerous trophies in football, rugby union and cricket. I have been privileged to play at Ravenhill, the home of Ulster rugby in school finals. I have been on a rugby tour to South Africa playing the nation’s best teams, whilst gaining an insight to the culture and unique history of this famous country.
Within cricket, I hold a school cup Winners medal which is my proudest achievement, being regarded as the best throughout the whole of Northern Ireland. I am extremely excited and passionate to develop strong cricket teams throughout all years at Kings by nurturing local talent in a largely rugby dominated area. I look forward to exposing pupils to a range of sports and activities allowing each pupil to experience success and enjoyment within PE.
I am also excited to embark on the fantastic Duke of Edinburgh scheme established in the school. Having completed my Gold Award, the Duke of Edinburgh scheme has an exclusive ability to develop skills essential to be leaders in today’s world such as professionalism, respect, endeavour and resilience. There is a clear alignment with the ASPIRE ethos at Kings and these values and I look forward to nurturing pupils towards their aspirations within sport and PE.