SPORT AT ST JOSEPH’S COLLEGE
A school sports programme second
WHO WE ARE
Introducing the Sports staff
Mr Anthony O’Riordan
Director of Sport
I joined the College in 2015 as Director of Rugby and teacher of Vocational BTEC Curriculum, later becoming Director of Sport & Business Development. I have overseen various sporting programmes and partnerships, including the successful introduction of male and female Football Academies at the College.
Mr James Ingle
Deputy Director of Sport
My fondest memories are as a student playing sports with my peers. This positive experience has undoubtedly led me to play professional sports. I am passionate to share and promote an enjoyable sporting experience with the next generation, whilst being ambitious to push St Jo’s sport to the next level.
Mr Fred Wenham
Director of Sport (Prep and Transition)
With a background in leading independent schools and professional sport settings, it is my mission to revolutionise sport at the College whilst raising the awareness, responsibility and confidence of the children to make good decisions both in life and on the pitch.
Miss Paige Shorten
Director of Football
I am an experienced UEFA A License coach and FA Youth Award recipient, with over 10 years of expertise in player development. I balance roles at St Joseph’s College and as an assistant coach for England U15 women’s team, prioritising player support and understanding.
Mrs Maria Lutua
Head of Netball
Upon taking this role as Head of Netball for St Joseph’s College, I am delighted to be present and ready to take on this journey with everyone. I have learnt the many successful achievements that netball has brought so far and also not forgetting the learnings along the way.
Maria has gained 86 caps representing her country, Fiji, at international level. She has just returned from her 3rd World Cup in Cape Town where she captained her national side.
Maria also plays for Norfolk United Netball team, a premier league club and was proud to play for the Yorkshire Jets in the England Netball Superleague before her move to Australia in 2016, where she was a training partner for the Sunshine Coast Lightning Team.
Over the years Maria has gained her coaching experience alongside her playing career. She has coached grassroots level and schools to high standards. Her aim is to achieve this through skilled coaching and quality programmes.
Mr Sam Bennett-King
Head of Cricket
Over the last 12 years, I have had the privilege of leading a number of school and club teams to county and national honours. In my current role at St Joseph’s, I lead the annual cricket program for all students from year 5 to 13. Cricket is offered in ‘club’ and ‘small group’ forms before school, during break and lunch times and after school over the three terms. The 121 program is run in addition to the group sessions at various times throughout the school day. All age group teams play inter-school and cup fixtures during the week and on Saturdays during the summer term. This includes both county and national t20 competition entries.
Mr Cole Skuse
Head Football Coach
I hold the position of Head Football Coach at St Joseph’s College, balancing this role alongside playing as a midfielder for Colchester United. I previously played at Bristol City and Ipswich Town Football Club. I am passionate about developing the skills and knowledge required by our ambitious young male and female footballers to support them to achieve their ambitions.
Miss Alison Banks
Mr Declan Foster
Head Of Athletic Development and Physical Wellbeing
I have over five years’ experience in the strength and conditioning industry, working in a range of schools and professional academies. I have been at the College for two years and look forward to continuing to grow and develop a leading school athletic development and physical wellbeing curriculum.
Miss Sophie Barrow
Mr Damon Artiss
I have worked in the strength and conditioning industry for over six years, in a range of different environments, including professional clubs, private strength and conditioning facilities, gyms and schools. I am excited to continue to expand and develop the provision and quality of athletic development and physical well-being here at St Jo’s.
Miss Rebecca Lowe
Teacher of PE
With over five years of teaching experience, I work with all students from 2 to19 across all sports, helping to develop them and build their fundamental sports skills. No two days at the College are the same – and that is what makes it such an enjoyable place to be.
Miss Rebecca Dennis
Residential Graduate Sports Assistant
I have just finished a year as a graduate assistant and am now completing my PGCE. My main passion is netball. I enjoy playing competitively and coaching the future generation of netballers. I teach across the school from Nursery to Upper Sixth. I also support our boarding students.
Mr Ben Parker
Mr Ian Kershaw
Mr Rowland Winter
Director of Rugby
With a background of nearly twenty years in coaching and managing teams in both professional and community rugby, I am passionate about building a high-performance culture and comprehensive rugby programme for all at St Joseph’s College.
St Joseph’s College Rugby Festival
Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd October 2023