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Top Sports Coaches Join PSS Teaching Team

New Plymouth Studio School teaching team bring Olympic level coaching into the classroom 

Top Sports Performance Coach and Psychologist, Jon Rhodes, has been appointed as part of the new Plymouth Studio School teaching team to help students get in the right mind-set for success.

Jon, who began his career working with the GB Olympic Tennis team at Roehampton in 2008, has worked with top GB athletes across a number of sports including Judo, Rugby and Fencing.  He is currently working with British and Brazilian fencing athletes to prepare them for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Jon, who is also an associate lecturer in Psychology at Plymouth University comments, “It’s a great prospect to work alongside the young athletes who have signed up for the specialist sports pathway at Plymouth Studio School.

“I’m looking forward to transferring many of the techniques which I use with top sports people into the classroom to help students aim high, stay motivated and focus on success – whether they are studying sport, leisure and tourism, event management, or simply for their academic studies.”

Jon will be joined by Commonwealth Gold and Silver 100m sprint and relay medallist Katherine Endacott, who will join Plymouth Studio School as a Personal Coach, helping to co-ordinate the personal training programmes for each sports student, including strength and conditioning, with their academic requirements.

Katherine is currently working with teenage Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones to help him break into the first-team Anfield Squad.

She comments, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young athletes to get the support and training they need early on in their careers…without sacrificing the rest of their school curriculum.”

The final line-up for Plymouth Studio School school sports and leisure teaching team is Steve Mooney, a former England  squash and RFU rugby coach with over twenty years experience in teaching, including tutoring for the BT Top Sports Development Programme and teaching Leisure Management.

Steve has also been inducted into the British Colleges Sport (BCS) Hall of Fame for his volunteering work developing sport on a regional and national level.   He currently coaches rugby for Leicester RFC and is keen to pass on his experience and knowledge of rugby to Plymouth Studio School. He joins Plymouth Studio School as Director of Specialisms.

Commenting on his appointment, Steve says, ‘I am extremely excited about working at Plymouth.  I would like to establish sport as an integral part of school life. My aim is to ensure that students leave as well balanced individuals, as well as helping them to reach high academic standards and to challenge every student to reach their potential. “

Plymouth Studio School Principal, Matt Lennon adds, “The experience, dedication and focus the team will bring to the classroom and the sports arena is second to none and will help all our students to aspire to be the best they can be across every subject area.”

Year 10 and 12 places at still available for Plymouth Studio School for 2015 and 2016 entry.

SIGN UP HERE for our  Open Event on Saturday 18 July, 10am – 1pm at the University of St Mark & St John and come along and meet Jon Rhodes.   Taster sessions and competitions with Plymouth Mayflower Volleyball Club and Albion Ladies Rugby Team available all morning.