Meet the Team

Richard Harrison-Poole - Director of School and Academy Sport

Tom Symons - Director of Football
Tom is the strategic lead behind the Football Academy programme at BCS. He has been at the school since the academy’s inception 5 years ago. Holding a degree in Coach and Athlete Development, Tom also has the UEFA B Coaching License and FA Youth Modules 1 & 2. Tom also has the P Award in Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) Training. With over 15 years of coaching experience at many levels, Tom has coached in the UK and abroad for Professional Clubs, Development Centres, County Rep Squads and at Varsity level at Bournemouth University.

Nick Hutchings – Academy Goalkeeper Coac​h
Nick comes to BCS as a specialist Goalkeeper coach. Nick currently plays for Poole Town and was voted Non-League GK of the year last year. Nick has the UEFA B Coaching License and also works for Between the Sticks Goalkeeper Academy.

Luke Richardson - Head of Rugby
Luke is a Level 2 Rugby Coach, has played National Rugby Union at Bournemouth Rugby Club and is a previous Exeter Chiefs Academy Member and London Irish team member. Luke develops the BCS rugby programme and is the key link with Bath rugby club. 

Mark Mulchay Head of BCS Rugby Education
​Mark is a RFU Level 3 Coach, a RFU Coach Educator and Head Coach for Dorset and Wiltshire U18. Mark has coached at all levels inclusive of National Mens Rugby.

Zoe Baker – Head Swimming Coach
Zoe is a 4 time World Record Holder in 50m Breastroke, a Commonwealth and European Champion and a UKCC/ ASA Level 3 Senior Coach​. Zoe has been a coach for the GB National Breastroke Squad and was a South West England Talent Development Coach. 

Adam Parfitt – Head of Age Group Swimming
Adam has a BA (Hons) Coaching and Physical Education and is a UKCC/ASA Level 3 Senior Coach​. Adam has experience coaching National and International swimmers and has been invited to coach on the "Para swimming World Class Podium Potential" camps and has previously been selected as an England talent development Coach​.

Mark Reid - Tennis Coach
Mark has been Director of Tennis at The West Hants Club since March 1999 having previously worked for the LTA in Essex and Oxfordshire. Mark is in overall control of all aspects of the tennis programme at West Hants. He holds the LTA Performance Coach Award and has been a Coach Education Tutor for the LTA for the past 15 ​years.

James Pankhurst​ - Tennis Coach
James is qualified as an LTA Master Performance Coach and an LTA Licenced Coach. He also holds a degree in Physical Education and Sports Science from Loughborough University​.

Helen Troke MBE – Badminton Coach
She won the bronze medal at the 1983 IBF World Championships in women's singles, and gold at the 1982 Commonwealth Games. From 1982 to 1986 she won two singles and three team titles at the​ European Games.

Robyn Chambers – Head of Rowing
Former South African rowing team member. Robyn is the founding member of the BCS Rowing Academy. She plans the annual training and competition calendar for the rowers at BCS.

Jasmine Hunt – Rowing Coach
Youth England Girls Rowing member and BCS and Christchurch Rowing club coach. Jasmine assists Robyn in all aspects of the BCS Rowing academy.

Mark Simms – Rowing Coach
Mark has been with the BCS Rowing academy since the beginning and is integral to our relationship with Christchurch Rowing Club (CRC)​. Mark is responsible for the co-ordination, direction and leadership of the management committee on all aspects of operational management at CRC. He supports the management committee members and other personnel in carrying out their roles and responsibilities, providing advice and support as appropriate. He makes decisions on organisational matters at CRC.

Oliver Wood – Basketball Coach
Oliver is the Southampton University Women's coach, Southampton Univsersity 2nd team coach and a former Southampton University 1st team player. Oliver has been Seahawks Coach for the past 3 years, taking the schools teams to County Champions status.

Sport at BCS is supported by our specialist Sports Academy coaches.

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