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Sport and Fitness

Sport and Fitness

Clayesmore fully recognizes and embraces sport as essential in the development of an individual’s character and an integral part of daily life at the school.

The sporting programme is designed to develop pupils’ confidence and resilience, and encourage teamwork and leadership opportunities.

Here we firmly believe that ‘Excellence’ and ‘Sport for all’ can co-exist. At the heart of our provision is our fixture and tournament programme, with A B and C teams in all major sports who compete against local, national and international sides, and termly inter-house competitions. Parents are welcome to attend and support fixtures, the details of which are published in the diary and Portal.

The major games are rugby, hockey and cricket for boys and hockey, netball and tennis for girls. Athletics, basketball, football, swimming, cross-country, squash, equestrian, rowing and sailing are also available. There is also a thriving girls' cricket team. Every year group enjoys three afternoons of sport a week in these major sports, with Years 9-11 also taking part in Core PE sessions, encouraging a positive attitude towards fitness for life.

Beyond the formal structured games programme, many additional sports are offered through the diverse co-curricular programme, enabling pupils to try their hands at different sports and develop new skills, delivered by skilled and enthusiastic coaching staff.

Clayesmore is very well-equipped with fabulous playing fields and pitches. There is a full size, flood-lit, all-weather hockey pitch, which converts into a large number of tennis courts for the summer.

The Sports Centre has long been a major feature of Clayesmore life, with its large hall, indoor cricket nets, badminton and squash courts, fitness suite and indoor 25m swimming pool. These facilities are available for student use in leisure time.

We have extremely well qualified and experienced sports staff led by a Head of Boys' and Girls' Games respectively. Coaching is second to none and supported by external coaches who bring a wealth of county and national experience. During the holidays there are options to participate in sporting academies and masterclasses to improve skills and confidence.

Head of Boys' Games

Dan Conway, Head of Boys' Games, joined Clayesmore  in 2012 having spent the majority of his life playing cricket around the country and in Australia. Teams he represented included Oxford University (First Class Cricket), Herefordshire CCC, County Second XI cricket with Yorkshire CCC, Derbyshire CCC and Kent CCC and Applecross CC (Perth, AUS).  His passionate for sport also extends across rugby, football and hockey and he ignites this passion for sport and fitness into our Senior boys.

At university Dan studied Sport Coaching and Physical Education and built his degree up of both practical and theoretical units around sport. ‘Sport has always been my passion and the fact it offers so much to everyone, in so many ways, is something I am committed to pass on to our students. Fostering a real passion for sport is something I am very keen to ensure as many students as possible develop and maintain after they complete their education at Clayesmore. ‘

Our ethos here at Clayesmore falls within Dan's philosophy of ‘sport for all’ - wanting to ensure people of all skill levels adopt a love for sport and to make progress, whether that is to play professional sport or to play as a hobby after school.  Dan has brought the skills developed as a player and coach to Clayesmore to instil the values of sport to all our pupils. 

Dan has coached a wide range of sports including rugby, hockey and cricket at numerous levels, giving him the skills to deliver sessions to a very high standard. Currently he is one of Dorset CCC’s lead youth coaches, delivering masterclasses during their sessions for all age groups and steering Clayesmore to become one of The Cricketer Magazine's 'Top 100 Cricketing Schools'.

Dan Conway, Head of Boys' Games, Clayesmore Senior School and Sixth Form

Head of Girls' Games

Miss Andrea Cheverton is Head of Girls' Games in the Senior School. She holds a First Class Honours in BSc Sports Coaching & Development from the University of Wales which covered a wide range of topics including sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, sociocultural issues, nutrition, technology and sports coaching. 

Involved in playing numerous sports from a young age, Andrea has always enjoyed the benefits of physical activity. She started coaching from the age of sixteen and completed coaching qualifications in tennis; working at a local tennis club and delivering mini tennis programmes within the North Dorset area. Andrea continues to have a real passion for coaching tennis from age three to adults as well as coaching netball at North Dorset Netball Club and at a 'Back to Netball' club for adults. 

At university, Andrea played a lot of club tennis in Wales. Following graduation, she took up golf and played numerous golf competitions across the South West where she had success in both individual and mixed events. Andrea still regularly plays golf and recently set up the LEX Golf initiative at Clayesmore with the hope to get more pupils, especially girls, involved in the sport. The girls' cricket team is also going from strength to strength each year under Andrea's guidance.


Physical activity for all; creating positive attitudes towards a healthy and active lifestyle. Andrea wants pupils to leave Clayesmore and continue to have a lifelong love of sport and physical activity.

She focuses on developing key skills, such as teamwork, leadership, perseverance, resilience, sportsmanship and communication within the sports programme. Clayesmore provides opportunities for pupils to develop skills and confidence via different roles: performer, captain, coach, official and analyst. For example, pupils have been involved with the ACE and LEX programme, often helping to coach and officiate Clayesmore Prep  fixtures on a weekly basis.

Ethos for Girls' Sport

Always striving to improve the experience of girls and young women in sport relating to performance, participation and enjoyment by breaking down gender barriers. Andrea wants all our pupils to discover the fun and fulfilment in physical activity whether that is playing the more traditional sports or participating in health and well-being classes. 


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