solo. I started up the ‘Three Peaks Challenge’ when I arrived, which began as a set of high ropes built for those children who didn’t consider themselves sporty – it was a way to include everyone.
It is a fantastic facility, which educates in the life skills of teambuilding, leadership, problem solving, initiative and health and safety. It has grown into an award-winning outdoor pursuits centre and I am proud to say that now it not only teaches our children these skills, but also children and adults from across the local area and beyond.
Most top sports people would admit that they got into their sport because they tried it, enjoyed it and wanted to do more. I never forget that and ensure I lead with enthusiasm and promote good sportsmanship, reminding the children that we compete to enjoy ourselves and that wining is a bonus. I am sure that this approach has been instrumental in Barfield punching above its size for sport and contributed to our winning results, including being named in the top 50 Prep Schools for Cricket. Our children have also won 19 Sports Scholarships to leading Senior Schools in recent years.
Favourite sport? My favourite spectator sport is Football, but I love all sports.
Favourite sports people? I admire Roger Federer. He has learned to take defeat and bounce back. He is immaculate in the way he conducts himself. He is a true and outstanding sportsman. My favourite sportswoman is probably Jessica Ennis-hill. She also embodies all the characteristics that I admire in a competitor.
Name three sports people you would like to invite to your school Roger Federer, Jesicca Ennis-hill and Bear Grylls, the latter to try out our Three Peaks Challenge!