Sport Coaches

Meet the team of sport coaches at Downside School, they are the team of specialist physical education coaches who deliver exceptional physical education to GCSE & Sixth Form.

Sport Coaches at Downside School

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Mike Baxter

Head of Rugby Development and a past professional player for Bath Rugby. A Level 3 RFU Coach, he has been lead coach of the Elite Player Development Squad. Alongside his full time role at Downside, Mike now coaches the U16 Bath Academy Squad.

Alfonso Thomas

Cricket Coach. Professional player for Somerset, and previously Warwickshire. He has won T20 tournaments across the world, in South Africa, Australia and Bangladesh and competed in IPL.

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Sam Potts

Sports Administrator. Member of GB Judo Team, Level 2 Judo Coach and Qualified Lifeguard. Current England Judo Champion.

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Guy Barrow

Rugby & Cricket Coach. ECB County cricket coach and a talent scout for Somerset County Cricket club. U16 Head Coach for Rugby & Cricket

Toby Blong

Hockey coach. Toby is a current 1st XI player for Team Bath Buccaneers in the National Conference West and is also part of their Indoor Premier Division squad. Also coaches cricket and tennis.

Simon Brand

LTA Level 3 tennis coach. Previously captained the Royal Navy and Combined Services teams during his career in the Royal Navy. He currently plays for Somerset and is a member of Somerset LTA responsible for coach development and junior county training.

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Jonathan Dolman

Housemaster of Powell. Captained Hughes Hall, Cambridge in Cricket. County Schools Rugby honours – Level 2 qualified coach. Head Coach of U14 Rugby & Cricket

Ben Edge

Head of Hockey Development. Current Hockey Wales Senior Mens Squad player. BSc (hons) Exercise Sports Science, PGCE Secondary PE (University of Exeter)

Emily Edwards

Head of Girls' Games / Head of Netball Development. Level 2 Netball coach. Trained at University of Bath for both undergraduate and PGCE degrees in Physical Education.

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Andrew Hobbs

Acting Head Master. Cambridge Rugby Blue & played for London Scottish RFC. U15 Head Coach for Rugby & Cricket

Ella Johnson

Graduate Assistant, Sports

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Ben Jones

2nd XI Football Coach

Adam Longshaw

Graduate Assistant. Qualified Cricket Coach with over 5 years' experience coaching various age groups. BSc Exercise Science degree from Sheffield Hallam University. Also coaches football.

Andres Moreno

Sports and PE teacher. Level 2 rugby coach, Bath Rugby U15 DPP coach, former Chilean International Rugby player. Coaches rugby, football, athletics and swimming.

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Stephen Ottewell

House Master of Roberts. County honours in Rugby, Cricket & Athletics. 2nd XV Head Coach.

Frankie O'Neill

CCF Assistant, PE and games teacher. BSC (Hons) Sports Studies, PGCE Secondary PE (Bath Spa University). Rounders and Netball coaching qualifications and Gym Instructor.

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Lucy Perry

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Oliver Simper

Head of Humanities at Downside, he is an Athletics and Cross Country specialist. Previously Head of Football at Oakham School.

Nick Somerville

Cross Country Coach. Nick has been coaching cross country and middle distance running for 16 years and is a fully qualified England Athletics Coach in Endurance Running. A keen distance runner and long time member of Wells City Harriers. he still competes in off-road, 5k and Half Marathon distances. In his fifties, he has run two sub 3hr marathons and was 10th best for age at London in 2014 with a time of 2.53.

Amanda Stonier

Tennis Coaching Coordinator. Amanda helps to develop and deliver an inclusive tennis programme.

Hugh Walters

Football Coach

Lydia Whittaker

Graduate Assistant. Hockey coach and encouraging girls to play rugby. 8 years of coaching experience. BSc Sport Coaching and Exercise. Level 1 Sport Leadership Award. Level 1 Hockey Coach and Umpiring Award. RFU Teacher Licence.

Rory Worsman

Rugby coach. RFU Level 2 coach, previously coached Bath Rugby DPP programme and Bath (Ladies) RFC. Represented University of St Andrews in Rugby and Alpine Skiing, and more recently Avon RFC.