Coach & Captain
Coach & Captain
For sports leaders of the future, Coach and Captain is open to children from ages 7 to 16, offering sporting activities and the opportunity to achieve a qualification in sports leadership. It is a great way for children to learn new skills, make friends and, most importantly, have fun!
Coach and Captain is a low cost, all-inclusive sports club in a safe environment. It is held on a Wednesday, 4.30pm-6pm at Pembrokeshire College with professional sports leaders.
Penny Bowen – Penny has been part of Pembrokeshire Sport for over 30 years. She obtained her degree from IM Marsh College of Physical Education in Liverpool. Penny became head of Girls PE at Milford Haven Grammar School in 1981 then Head of PE at Milford Haven Comprehensive from 1988 – 2014. Since then, Penny has been head of PE at Castle School and Coach and Captain. Penny is also a Duke of Edinburgh Award Assessor, a Youth Club Leader, Sports Leadership Tutor, County Netball and Hockey Coach.
Matthew Davies – Matthew is a Sport and Exercise Science graduate from the number one university in the world of sport, Loughborough University. During his degree, he spent a year working as a strength and conditioning assistant for the Scarlets’ first tea. Over the last 20 years, he has represented multiple teams around the county in both football and rugby, including county and district sides at various junior age grades. When not working at Coach and Captain, he works at the Senior School teaching Maths and PE, as well as running sports clubs.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez Blanco – As well as teaching at Coach and Captain, Juan is a PE and Spanish teacher at the Prep School. He has more than 10 years of experience in the sporting world and has worked in multiple countries. Juan has worked as a sports technician and PE teacher in the United States and in several schools in Spain, as well as at various summer camps. He is a specialist in team building games and cooperative skills. When in Spain, Juan was also part of teams who directed sporting events, including Paralympic competitions, multi-age camps and regional sports events.
The aim of Coach and Captain is for young people to have fun, but also to understand fair play and inclusion for all. Pupils learn about an array of sports, becoming ambassadors of the sporting community. They learn about a healthy lifestyle and exercise. Improving physical performance and movement skills is important for all ages and we ensure that this is a main focus in sessions. We also ensure that sessions are taught in a way that all abilities can understand. Pupils also have the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications through the club. Older pupils are able to hone their leadership skills working towards higher qualifications in the future.