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United Learning Appoints a Head of Sport

United Learning is delighted to announce the appointment of a Head of Sport. Shaun Dowling joins us on a 12 month secondment from the Youth Sport Trust.

As Head of Sport, Shaun will focus on supporting the improvement of PE and sport in all of our schools.  Working with colleagues across the Group, he will ensure that every student receives the best possible experience in PE and sport, whether as a participant, competitor, young leader, coach or official. This will include a strong focus on health and well-being, progressive, challenging high-quality physical education and fully inclusive school sport, coaching and competition.

Shaun has previously been Head of PE in a school in Hampshire and a Director of Specialism at the first Sports College in Kent. Shaun has subsequently served two Deputy Headships, including at the predecessor school to United Learning’s The Regis School.

For the last three years, Shaun has worked in a national role for the Youth Sport Trust – the leading charity supporting schools in both improving their PE and school sport provision and using PE and sport to raise standards across schools.

Welcoming Shaun Dowling into the Group, Chief Executive Jon Coles said:

‘From our Sports Academy at Bournemouth Collegiate School to the numerous sports clubs and teams at all our schools, United Learning already delivers very strong sport and PE programmes. As Head of Sport, Shaun will work with colleagues across the Group to enhance our sports programmes and ensure that all students have access to the same range of high-quality sporting opportunities.

‘Shaun's experience at the Youth Sport Trust means that he is ideally placed to develop the Group's sporting offer and ensure that our best practice in sport becomes common practice across the Group.’

Commenting on his appointment, Shaun Dowling said:

‘I am very pleased to have joined United Learning and I look forward to working with colleagues and students across the Group. United Learning already has some fantastic PE and sports departments.  Working together, we can use the power of sport to bring out ‘the best in everyone’ whatever their ability or background. Wherever a child goes to school, they should all expect to have an exciting and successful experience in PE and have the opportunity to participate and compete in a wide range of sports and physical activities.’

Posted: Apr 9, 2013,
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