Director of Sport

Downside Team

Mr Richard Jones BA

Director of Sport

With his track record of successfully delivering outstanding high-performance sports programmes in schools, Mr Richard Jones has been in the position of Director of Sport since Summer 2015.

Mr Richard Jones, Director of Sport

Mr Jones has an honours degree from the University of Surrey in Sport Science and History and he completed his teaching training at St Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill. Most recently he was Director of Sport at Craighouse School in Chile, an HMC school with a formidable reputation for coeducational sporting achievement, with recent unbeaten (boys’) rugby and (girls’) hockey tours to the UK.

During his 18-year career to-date, he has taught in several schools and was Head of Sport at a large coeducational specialist Sports College in the UK for 9 years. He has a wealth of coaching experience in a range of sports, with particular expertise in rugby. He coached the COBS club to the Chilean Premiership title in 2013 and assisted with the coaching of the Chilean National rugby team at the South American Championship in 2014/2015.

Prior to his time in Chile, he has been the lead coach for the London Irish Academy, selector for South West England U16 Rugby, Head Coach for Berkshire County U16 teams and Chairman of Berkshire RFU; he played rugby for Harlequins U21 team and for Berkshire. He is interested in a wide range of boys’ and girls’ sports, and has also coached Athletics at a high level.