Oundle School has announced the appointment of Mr Daniel Grewcock as Director of Sport from the start of the next academic year. Mr Grewcock comes to Oundle from Bath Rugby Academy where he has been Academy Director since 2011. Under his leadership, the Academy has become highly regarded for the way in which it nurtures young players and supports their wider education and development.
Prior to joining the education sector, Daniel enjoyed a distinguished career as a professional rugby player, with Coventry, Saracens and then Bath. He has sixty-nine England caps, was selected for two British Lions tours and was awarded the MBE for his services to rugby.
Daniel 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 two additional astroturf pitches will be installed, ten natural grass and ten artificial cricket nets, twelve netball and twelve tennis courts.
Daniel says: “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.”
In undertaking the role, Daniel 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. Richard is currently Director of Sport at Harrow International in Hong Kong, and was previously Head of Physical Education at St Benedict’s Ealing.
The head of Oundle School, Sarah Kerr-Dineen, commented: “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.”