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sport at malvern college

Sports & Activities

Malvern has a deserved reputation as a school which encourages excellence and participation. Teaching and coaching staff do their best to ensure opportunities are in place for all abilities to thrive.

There is variety and choice with over thirty sports available and all pupils are expected to take an interest in their own health and fitness.

There are excellent sporting facilities available at Malvern including an indoor heated swimming pool, a superb cricket ground, an all-weather playing surface, rackets courts and a large number of playing fields. The famous Malvern Hills provide a challenging terrain for Cross Country running.

In addition to the more usual sports, the boys and girls enjoy activities such as Canoeing, Swimming, Sailing, Scuba Diving, Basketball, Clay-pigeon Shooting and Equestrian.

Please check the Sport Fixtures & Travelling website page for sport fixtures and to read our weekly match day programme of home fixtures.

Director of Boys' Sport: John Cox

Having graduated in PE & Sports Science from Loughborough University in 1981 I first taught PE at Prince Henry's HS, Evesham. Having been Head of PE there for 11 years I moved to Malvern in 2001 to take up the post of Director of PE & Sport. This became Director of Boys' Sport in 2009 when I was appointed to my other role as Professional Teaching & Learning Mentor.

As Director of Boys' sport I oversee the development of all boys' sport but primarily our priority sports of Rugby, Football & Cricket. Here I work closely with our teachers in charge Nick Tisdale (Rugby) Matt Cleal (Football) & Mark Hardinges (Cricket) as well as Head Coaches to ensure that as many boys as possible train and represent the college each week and that our fixture programme is competitive. It is also important that our coaching provision is of the highest standard and pupils of all abilities are well coached and educated to play sport in the right way.

From within this competitive tier of school sport we need to ensure that our most able pupils have access to the appropriate pathways in order that they continue to develop and access coaching and competition at the appropriate level. Our links here with Worcester Warriors and Worcestershire CCC support that aim, together with our Elite Player Programme (EPP).

In addition to our priority sports it is also important that we facilitate the development of numerous other sports including Badminton, Basketball, Fencing, Fives, Hockey, Golf, Swimming, Athletics, Rackets, Squash, Tennis and Cross Country to ensure that they have the resources and time to flourish too.

Beneath this competitive tier is a large and varied recreational programme that requires organising and staffing. Here I work closely with PG (Deputy Head Logistics) and CAW (Director of Girls' Sport) in order to ensure that we have a comprehensive co-curricular programme for all pupils. 


Director of Girls' Sport: Chey West


In September 2008 I started at Malvern as the hockey coach and quickly settled into the working with a brilliant coaching team; I enjoyed every aspect of school sport and the enthusiasm of not only the girls but also indeed the PE department and coaching staff inspired me to continue in working in education. I completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education in 2012 at the University of Buckingham. 

Coming from what many would consider a 'sporty family' I have been privileged enough to have represented my province in a few different sports and throughout school have played Junior National Hockey for Zimbabwe. Many of the department refer to me as the 'all rounder' based on my experience in a range of sports. 

As the Director of Girls’ Sport, I ensure that the girls have a variety of activities available to them and are well catered for. I work closely with the head coaches of all teams, and oversee our priority sports of Hockey in the autumn term, Netball in the Lent term as well as Tennis and Athletics in the summer term. I ensure our fixture list remains competitive yet realistic within these sports and that the teachers in charge of these sports work with their coaches to maintain the best quality provision for the girls of Malvern College. 

Providing physical activity for all abilities from beginners to the elite is what we strive for here at Malvern College. We cater for the more able pupils in the provision of one- to one coaching, strength and conditioning training and in addition to this we have many of our pupils attending JDC, JAC, JRPC in Hockey, county Netball and we have a strong link with Manor Park Tennis club. 

In addition to these main sports we offer a variety of activities from Equestrian, Badminton, Gym, Fencing, Girls’ Cricket, Rounders, Girls’ Football, Swimming to Zumba to name but a few. 

My main aim within my role as Director of Girls’ Sport is to provide opportunities for the girls to participate in a range of sports; not only helping them achieve the best that they can in all physical activity but to inspire them to continue participating in physical activity throughout their time at Malvern College and beyond.