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Physical Education Staff

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Mark Burley

Director of Sport
BSocSci (University of Birmingham)
MA (University of Wales Institute)

Mark teaches History at Shell and GCSE levels. He has been Director of Sport at Canford since 2007. After starting his career as a lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Mark arrived at Canford and successfully established and managed the Sports Centre. From the outset he coached rugby, leading the school to success in the Rosslyn Park 7s tournament and then becoming Master in charge of Rugby for ten years. Mark played first class rugby for Moseley and Pontypool and is one of only a handful of teachers to achieve the RFU Level IV coaching award. Within the A Level PE curriculum Mark teaches the Historical & Contemporary syllabus and also teaches in the History department.

Natasha Wilson

Assistant Director of Sport
BSc Hons, Sport Science, PGCE (University of Brighton)

Educated at Millfield, Natasha joined Canford in 2015 following 17 years in school sport at Clayesmore, King Edward’s School, Witley and Epsom College. During her schooldays she was a member of the 1st Swimming, Tennis and Netball teams and represented Dorset Ladies in Tennis and Somerset in Tennis, Cross-Country, Swimming, Athletics and Netball. In her coaching career she has seen pupil success at County, District and National levels. She also teaches Academic PE.

Nick Baugniet

Head of Academic PE, Computing
BA (Ed) Physical Education (Exeter University)

Nick Baugniet joined Canford in 1997 as Director of Physical Education, having previously taught in both England and Australia. He has a degree in PE from Exeter University, teaches A Level PE and Shell Computing, and coaches teams in a variety of sports.

He plays the guitar and enjoys mountain walking. He is married to Gill and has two teenage sons.

Emma Bennett

Director of Tennis

Previously the Tennis Coordinator at the University of Bath, Emma has joined the Canford coaching staff permanently this year. As a player Emma achieved ETA and ITF rankings and represents the Dorset senior team. She is now a LTA Level 3 coach working with elite juniors across the South West.

Matthew Collison

Director of Hockey
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, PGCE (University of Bath)

An OC, Matt played International Hockey at England U16 and U18 level, as well playing National League standard Hockey for 15 years for Reading and Team Bath Buccaneers during a successful playing career. Matt is an England Hockey Level 2 Coach, has a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in PE and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. He joined Canford in September 2016, following 12 years at Dauntsey’s where he was Head of Hockey and PE. Matt currently coaches all year groups with a particular focus on the 1st XI girls’ and boys’ teams, and is also a Tutor in Salisbury House.

Ian Dryden

Director of Rowing

Ian’s coaching career spans over 20 years, including GB coach at the Junior World Championships in 2009 and 2011, Coupe de la Jeunesse in 2005, 2008 and 2014, Mercantile Rowing Club, Melbourne, Australia, 2001 and 2003 and Assistant Coach, Cambridge University Boat Club,1994-2001.

Steven Ives

Sports Administration, Coach and Weekend Activities Co-ordinator
B.Ed (Hons) NCAA

Former Director of Sport at Moulsford Prep School and Castle Court, Steve joined the staff in September 2009 as a specialist sports coach. He is an OC (twenty five years on the OC committee), and is now the Sports Co-ordinator - organising the holiday sports courses and day-to-day administration. As well as being 1st XI cricket manager and a Tutor in Lancaster House, Steve is also Weekend Activities and Sixth Form Union Co-ordinator.

Matt Keech

Director of Cricket

Matt is a qualified ECB tutor and former professional cricketer. He joined Canford in 2012 having spent 12 years as a professional cricketer with Hampshire and Middlesex. After retiring, he has coached at various clubs around the world including teams in Australia and New Zealand. Closer to home, Matt has been the 1st XI team coach with Bournemouth University and is currently Dorset Head Coach overseeing all youth cricket.

Steve Ronaldson

Director of Real Tennis

Three times British Professional Doubles winner Steve has over 40 years' experience in the sport and comes from a family of Real Tennis professionals. Other competition achievements include Taylor Cup winner 1982, USA Tiffany Cup winner 1985 and Over 40s Champion 2000. Steve also runs the Golf Club at Canford.

Peter Short

Director of Rugby
BSc (Hons) (University of Loughborough)

Peter joined Canford as Director of Rugby in September 2012. His playing career spanned fifteen years most recently at Exeter Chiefs. At Bath he was part of the winning European Challenge cup squad. Prior to joining Bath, he spent four years with Leicester Tigers, part of the squad winning both the English Premiership and back to back Heineken Cups. He also spent time with RCNM Narbonne in France playing 1st division rugby in the back and second rows.