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, Lacrosse, Clay-pigeon Shooting and Equestrian.
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 SSR (Director of Girls' Sport) in order to ensure that we have a comprehensive Co-curricular programme for all pupils to be involved in..
Director of Girls' Sport: Sarvenaz Razavi
Having graduated in Sport and PE from UWIC University in the summer of 2007 I then taught for two years at Larkmead School in Oxfordshire, taking on the co-coordinator of gifted and talented provision at the school. I moved to Malvern as master in charge of Netball in 2009 and this role changed in 2010 to Director of Girls' Sport.
As a sportswoman myself I played county level Hockey throughout school and university as well as club netball. I am a keen cricketer and I have played for Wales in the Indoor Cricket World Cup in South Africa.
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 particularly oversea our priority sports of Hockey in the autumn term, Netball in the Lent term and Tennis in the Summer term. I ensure our fixtures 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 of provision for the Malvern College girls.
Here at Malvern College we provide physical activity for all abilities from beginners to the elite. We cater for the more able pupils in the provision of one-on-one coaching, strength and conditioning and we also have many of our pupils attending JAC, JDC, 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 Horse Riding, Badminton, Gym, Fencing, Girls Cricket, Rounders, Lacrosse, Girls Football, Zumba, Swimming and many more activities.
My main aim within the role of Director of Girl’s Sport is to provide opportunities for the girls to achieve their best in all physical activity and also to continue to participate in sport throughout their life.