Former England rugby star Daniel Grewcock has been appointed Director of Sport at Oundle School.
Grewcock, capped 69 times for England, will take up the role at the start of the next academic year.
He comes to Oundle from Bath Rugby Academy where he has been Academy Director since 2011. Under his leadership the Academy has become very highly regarded for the way in which it nurtures young players and the importance given to their wider education and development.
Prior to joining the education sector, Grewcock enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional rugby player with Coventry, Saracens and then Bath. Apart from his 69 England caps, he was also selected for two British Lions tours and was awarded the MBE for his services to rugby.
He is married with a daughter and a son.
Grewcock will take up the position of Director of Sport at Oundle as the school progresses to the next stage with its Sports MasterPlan. The Plan incorporates the building of a new Sports Centre housing a 50-metre swimming pool, an eight court sports hall, a high-quality fitness suite and dance studios.
The current athletics track will be relocated and there will also be the installation of two additional astroturf pitches (making a total of four), 10 natural grass and 10 artificial cricket nets, 12 netball and 12 tennis courts.
Grewcock commented: “I am looking forward to the new challenge that Oundle has to offer with its well-established programme and considerable investment in facilities. I will be ensuring that sport continues to be an exciting, enjoyable and vital part of the balanced programme.
“I have had an unbelievable time at Bath – both as a player and in the role of Academy Director and have learnt a great deal over the last five years, worked with some fantastic people, and it is with a heavy heart that I am leaving.
“I feel strongly about helping develop young athletes, and am thankful that I have the opportunity to continue doing this at Oundle.”
The appointment of Grewcock as Director of Sport and the significant development of sports facilities demonstrates the importance of sport at Oundle. In undertaking the role, Grewcock will lead in all aspects of both traditional team and individual sports, ensuring that Oundle pupils develop healthy lifestyles and that they succeed personally in their chosen sporting direction.
Working alongside the Director of Sport as Assistant Director of Sport and Head of PE will be Richard Finch, who is currently Director of Sport at Harrow International in Hong Kong, and was previously Head of Physical Education at St Benedict’s, Ealing.
School Head, Sarah Kerr-Dineen, said: “We are delighted that Mr Grewcock and his family will be joining the Oundle community in September. He brings with him a wealth of experience of sport and a profound commitment to the place of sport in the education of all children and young people.”