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Sport and Fitness

Sport and Fitness

Clayesmore fully recognizes and embraces sport as essential in the development of an individual’s character and an integral part of daily life at the school.

The sporting programme is designed to develop pupils’ confidence and resilience, and encourage teamwork and leadership opportunities.

Here we firmly believe that ‘Excellence’ and ‘Sport for all’ can co-exist. At the heart of our provision is our fixture and tournament programme, with A B and C teams in all major sports who compete against local, national and international sides, and termly inter-house competitions. Parents are welcome to attend and support fixtures, the details of which are published in the diary and Portal.

The major games are rugby, hockey and cricket for boys and hockey, netball and tennis for girls. Athletics, basketball, football, swimming, cross-country, squash, equestrian, rowing and sailing are also available. There is also a thriving girls' cricket team. Every year group enjoys three afternoons of sport a week in these major sports, with Years 9-11 also taking part in Core PE sessions, encouraging a positive attitude towards fitness for life.


Beyond the formal structured games programme, many additional sports are offered through the diverse co-curricular programme, enabling pupils to try their hands at different sports and develop new skills, delivered by skilled and enthusiastic coaching staff.

Clayesmore is very well-equipped with fabulous playing fields and pitches. There is a full size, flood-lit, all-weather hockey pitch, which converts into a large number of tennis courts for the summer.

The Sports Centre has long been a major feature of Clayesmore life, with its large hall, indoor cricket nets, badminton and squash courts, fitness suite and indoor 25m swimming pool. These facilities are available for student use in leisure time.

We have extremely well qualified and experienced sports staff led by a Head of Boys' and Girls' Games respectively. Coaching is second to none and supported by external coaches who bring a wealth of county and national experience. During the holidays there are options to participate in sporting academies and masterclasses to improve skills and confidence.

Director of Sport

Dan Conway, our Director of Sport, joined Clayesmore  in 2012 having spent the majority of his life playing cricket around the country and in Australia. Teams he represented included Oxford University (First Class Cricket), Herefordshire CCC, County Second XI cricket with Yorkshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC and Kent CCC and Applecross CC (Perth, AUS).  His passionate for sport also extends across rugby, football and hockey and he ignites this passion for sport and fitness into our Senior boys.

At university Dan studied Sport Coaching and Physical Education and built his degree up of both practical and theoretical units around sport. ‘Sport has always been my passion and the fact it offers so much to everyone, in so many ways, is something I am committed to pass on to our students. Fostering a real passion for sport is something I am very keen to ensure as many students as possible develop and maintain after they complete their education at Clayesmore. ‘

Our ethos here at Clayesmore falls within Dan's philosophy of ‘sport for all’ - wanting to ensure people of all skill levels adopt a love for sport and to make progress, whether that is to play professional sport or to play as a hobby after school.  Dan has brought the skills developed as a player and coach to Clayesmore to instil the values of sport to all our pupils. 

Dan has coached a wide range of sports including rugby, hockey and cricket at numerous levels, giving him the skills to deliver sessions to a very high standard. Currently he is one of Dorset CCC’s lead youth coaches, delivering masterclasses during their sessions for all age groups and steering Clayesmore to become one of The Cricketer Magazine's 'Top 100 Cricketing Schools'.

Dan is ably supported by Head of Senior Girls' Games, Andrea Cheverton, and Prep Sport Heads, Tom Manley and Debbie Spokes.

Dan Conway, Director of Sport

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