Our Approach

We strive for excellence in all we do. To uphold excellence we ensure that every session we deliver is structured with clear aims and objectives. We plan for progression, whilst ensuring that we differentiate appropriately for the class or group that we are teaching.

It is our primary aim to ensure that every child learns and that every child has fun. That is why our coaches follow some simple principles, such as reducing the amount of time a child is standing still or making sure every child has a ball in their hands or at their feet. We believe, it is the little things like this that make the biggest differences.

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As our head coaches have been involved in education for some years, some as teachers both in the classroom and in a sports environment, we extend these principles of learning to our teaching sessions. This might mean that we use assessment for the purposes of learning at times or allow for questioning time, so that pupils can share what they have learnt during their PE lesson.

Our Head Coaches

Ian Harris

Previously a Head of PE, PE Teacher, Level 2 Football and basketball Coach, Level 3 Fitness Instructor

Ian left teaching at Simon Langton Grammar School in 2014, where he worked for 5 years as a Physical Education teacher. During this time he also took the roles of Head of PE and Head of Year.

During his time as a teacher, Ian led an outdoor education programme through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a sports leaders programme, liaising with local primary schools as an SSCO in the Canterbury District.

Ian previously worked full time as a basketball and football coach, working closely with Ashford Borough Council and Kent County Council and the Active Sports Programme. He graduated with a first class honours in Sports Physiology, and achieved an outstanding in his GTP year whilst training to become a teacher. Ian also achieved an outstanding during an Ofsted inspection which contributed to the PE department receiving an outstanding also.

George Moore

2:1 BSc Sports Science, Level 2 Rugby Coach, Fitness Instructor and Sailing Instructor

Graduating from St Mary’s, Twickenham with an honours in Sports Coaching Science and Health Exercise and Physical Activity, George has worked for local council and coaching organisations in London as a sports coach and rugby specialist.

In 2013, George taught as an unqualified Physical Education teacher and technician at Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Canterbury, as well as working each summer as a multi sports coach and tennis coach for a children’s summer camp programme.

Melanie Richardson

2:1 History, Level 2 Primary Gymnastics

Mel has always been a sporting and athletic individual. She swam competitively at national level with DLGC and also swam the channel as part of an all girl relay, of which their record for the fastest same sex team still stands. Mel is now a Crossfit athlete which allows her to utilise and practice her love for gymnastics.

After graduating from university with a degree in History, Mel decided to pursue a career in sport and fitness. She has worked in both primary and secondary schools running lunch time and afterschool sports clubs. Most recently, Mel has worked as the School Sports Coordinator at Castle Hill Community Primary School before working with High 5 Sports as the head gymnastics coach.

History

High 5 Sports has been teaching sport in Kent for over 15 years. Founded by Mark Price in 2000, the company has run over 100 sports camps, seen over a thousand children go through their clubs and have taught even more coaching sessions. The current managing director, Ian Harris was one of the original team back in 2000 when he was just 16 years old. Back then we started with just ten football and a few cones, a lot different to the shed load of equipment we use now on a weekly basis.

Philosophy

Our number one objective is for children to have fun and have learn something new. We believe that sport should be fun as well as competitive and children should leave each session, uplifted and full of confidence. All of our team adopt the High 5 Sports Principles, a few coaching practices that ensure what we do, is the best it can be.