Conference for Directors of Sport in Prep Schools

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Conference for  Directors of Sport in Prep Schools, 15 May 2020
20% IAPS

This event has been postponed. We are hoping to reschedule for November 2020.

The landscape of prep school sport is a turbulent and rapidly changing one. The Conference programme aims to assist Directors of Sport to raise their awareness of current issues, and develop strategies to address them. 

Declining levels of children’s physical fitness is a national concern. Gavin Sandercock has clear research evidence of the rate of this decline, and the ways in which schools can enhance their provision for the physical wellbeing of all pupils. This links with the requirement of schools to communicate effectively with parents to improve collaboration and coherent attitudes: Richard Shorter has become a respected national adviser on this topic, and will present material which will help schools manage this key relationship.

The afternoon offers a range of seminars on topical issues on school sport, as well as addressing the organisational and compliance areas of the Director of Sport’s role. Many of these topics impact upon all schools, but provide the opportunity to focus on issues of individual priority, and to look at innovative initiatives within the sector. 

This Conference will be of interest to all schools who are impacted by the challenges which prep school sport faces, and wish to build a contemporary strategy to address them.



Conference assembles. Refreshments


The Future of Prep School Sport
Neil Rollings, Chairman PADSIS


The Implications of Declining Fitness Levels in Prep Age Children
Dr Gavin Sandercock, Essex University


Refreshment break


Engaging with Parents to Change Results
Richard Shorter,  ‘Non-Perfect Dad’


Update on IAPS Sports Competitions
Fran Hide, IAPS



Seminar programme

Delegates may choose one session in each of the two seminar sessions. Three sessions will run simultaneously on each occasion

1.30pm – 2.15pm

Seminar Session One

Choose one from:

Option 1

Creative Approaches to Competition between Prep Schools
Caroline Park,  Head of PE, Cumnor House School

Option 2

Using SOCS to Manage School Sport
James Kershaw-Naylor,  SOCS

Option 3

Contemporary Issues in Prep School Rugby
Neil Rollings, PADSIS

2.30pm – 3.15pm

Seminar Session Two

Choose one from:

Option 4

Mixed Gender Sport in Prep Schools 
Chris Bryan, Head of PE, Ravenscourt Park School

Option 5

Developing Girls’ Cricket in Prep Schools
Lydia Greenway, ‘Cricket for Girls’

Option 6

Managing Risk in Sports Travel
Fiona Turnbull, Travelopia


Conference closes


You can use the online booking form for up to TWO attendees. For bookings of more than two attendees please call 015395 60060 to inquire about discounts and place your booking.


PADSIS Members £215
Non Members £255
Two Delegates from the same school £399 (including one PADSIS member)
PADSIS Membership £65 (Join PADSIS when booking to enjoy member’s discount)
IAPS Members enjoy a 20% discount

Conference runs 9.30am to 3.30pm. Includes notes, refreshments and restaurant lunch. Prices exclude VAT.

Guest speakers

Neil Rollings

Neil was Director of Sport in four independent schools over a 21 year career. He was an ISI Inspector, and is currently a member of the RFU Schools Group, and the All-Party Political Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood. 

Dr Gavin Sandercock

Gavin is a Reader in Sport & Exercise Science and Director of Sports Science at the University of Essex. He led the East of England Healthy Hearts Study and his research highlights the stark falls in English children’s fitness. He is currently researching the link between physical fitness and psychological wellbeing of schoolchildren.

Richard Shorter

Through his project, ‘Non-Perfect Dad’, Richard works with schools, clubs and National Governing Bodies of sport. He uses an evidence based approach to improve the sporting and character building experience for children. 

Fran Hide

Fran is the Sports Events Manager of IAPS. She is in charge of the programme, rules and regulations of sports competitions which provides over 150 events annually, in 23 sports. She leads the work of the IAPS Sports Committee.

Caroline Park

Caroline is Head of PE at Cumnor House School in Sussex, having worked previously at Millfield Prep and Cheltenham College. She has pioneered new and innovative ways of providing creative and appropriate competition formats to engage all children.

James Kershaw-Naylor

James is the Sales Director of SOCS. This provides software for managing all aspects of school sport, including logistics and parental communications. He will demonstrate how users can get more from the system . and use it to better address parental requirements.

Lydia Greenway

Lydia is a former international Cricketer, who has represented England in 32 Odis, and 8 Tests. She now runs a programme entitled ‘Cricket for Girls’, which seeks to make the game exciting, accessible and rewarding for both teachers and female pupils.

Fiona Turnbull

Fiona has over 15 years’ experience in Health & Safety and over 30 years in travel itself. Fiona holds the General Certificate in NEBOSH and Risk Assessing from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) plus other H&S qualifications.

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