Dan Bloxham is one of the country’s leading exponents in the teaching of youth sport. He is currently delivering the biggest outreach tennis programme in the UK, the Wimbledon Junior Tennis Initiative. The success of the Initiative reflects his 30 years of coaching experience at all levels and within a full range of environments, from the school playground and local authority facilities to top sporting venues such as the All England Club and Old Trafford.
Dan has recently joined the Local Governing Body of Surbiton High School. He has advised on the application for a new sports facility for the School and assists in the recruitment process for new sports staff. Dan is enjoying the insight into the running and development of one of the most successful girls’ day schools today and how this can apply to the development of people and players in sport. The three Schools under the leadership of Surbiton High are all excelling in the development and realisation of their pupils’ potential.
Dan is an LTA Licensed Level 5 Coach and has been the Head Coach at the All England Club for 11 years. In his role as Head Coach, Dan completes over 50 tennis days at schools in Merton and Wandsworth per year, as well as running coaching sessions back at the Club for those selected every weekend of the year. Dan also leads the performance side of the Initiative, with over 40 of the most talented players training twice a week after school and a further six playing in an elite squad and receiving individual coaching.
Dan has an important role during the Championships too. He is the Master of Ceremonies for Centre and Number 1 courts. Dan liaises with the players, ensuring the smooth transition from one match to the next, and brings the players on to court. In addition to this role during the Championships, Dan has also been involved in the selection and training of the Ball Boys and Girls (BBG’s) through the WJTI school visits and the current WJTI players. Dan has used his knowledge and experience to select and train the ballkids for the ATP World Tour Finals held at the O2 for the past three years, creating a team of ballkids who are able to deal with the spotlight of the tennis world and the top eight male players. The ballkids are selected from 16 regional venues and two international ones. The Olympics has provided Dan with another opportunity to test out his ballkid eye and he has helped select and train some of the lucky and talented young people who were in the ballkid team for this year’s Olympic tennis events. This may be a unique triangle of ballkid involvement for anyone in the world!
Dan not only has the ability to inspire and teach kids, he has become a valuable source of information and expertise for the LTA, the Youth Sport Trust, the English Speaking Union and the BTCA. Dan has spoken in Parliament on youth sport in front of the Commons Select Committee and has represented Tesco as not only a coach but also a spokesman for their healthy lifestyle scheme. He was one of the four Ambassadors for Sport, alongside Frank Lampard, Jason Robinson and Paula Radcliffe, with whom he worked crossing into other sporting codes.
Dan is currently a Sports Ambassador for HSBC with Tim Henman. He has accompanied the HSBC Road to Wimbledon’s Sporting Exchange to China, where he worked with the tournament winners and Björn Borg. He also takes coaching clinics and days for HSBC in tennis and rugby with Jason Robinson. For Dunlop, Dan has worked with John McEnroe, making him possibly the only coach in the world to work with these two players in the same fortnight! Dan’s coaching tips have been shown through HSBC live in Times Square, New York.
Dan’s highlight to date has been meeting the Queen during her visit to the Championships in 2010, and the subsequent feature of him and the WJTI in the Queen’s Speech that year. The combination of skills and his proven track record of being able to deliver sports concepts direct into the community with unparalleled success put Dan at the cutting edge of youth sport and corporate entertainment in Great Britain today.
Sophie Cornish is Co-founder and Director of notonthehighstreet.com, the online retail marketplace launched in 2006. The company now works with over 5,000 small business partners and employs a team of over 200 staff at their offices in Richmond. She is co-author of two Sunday Times bestselling books: Build a Business from your Kitchen Table, published July 2012, and Shape Up Your Business, published July 2014.
Sophie has won a number of awards including ECMOD Business Excellence Awards, Specsavers Everywoman in Retail Entrepreneur of the Year Award and a First Women Award. Most recently, Sophie was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She is regularly invited to be a speaker, judge or panellist at business events. She is on the board of Cancer Research UK’s Women of Influence and a member of Surbiton High School’s Local Governing Body.
Sophie’s career has spanned advertising, editorial and brand development. Having first joined the editorial team at Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping magazines, she also worked on the creative brand development of Boots No 7 and 17 cosmetics, and on advertising campaigns for L'Oreal brands, George at Asda and Monsoon fragrances. As a freelance journalist, she wrote for titles such as Boots Health & Beauty Magazine, Woman & Home, Brides Magazine, and the Evening Standard, as well as writing a wedding planning book, Your Wedding Your Way. She ran her own small business offering corporate event styling and floristry.
Sophie and her husband have two children: their son Ollie, who is studying Chemistry at University of Bath, and their daughter Honor, a student at Surbiton High School.
Kathleen Hayes retired in August 2011 having been Headteacher of Holy Cross Prep., Kingston for 19 years. It is a day school for girls aged 4-11 with some 300 pupils. From 1988-1992, she was Head of a girls school for ages 4-16. Prior to 1988 Kathleen was Deputy Head at a maintained school for girls aged 11-18 which had a co-educational sixth form. She taught Science and Geography up to A-level and Mathematics, English and RE to the upper prep school age. In all, Kathleen was a full-time teacher from 1974 to 2011. Kathleen has an MA in Educational Management and a diploma in Pastoral Care. For the past 12 years Kathleen has been an ISI Inspector and during the past two years has also mentored six newly appointed Headteachers whilst continuing to be a governor of two schools. Kathleen enjoys voluntary work for a couple of charities and being a member of three committees to support her parish church. Spare time is usually spent playing tennis, gardening, theatre, travelling and being in a book club.
Dr. Hill is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a Doctor of Psychology.
She works with a number of London day schools in many areas of psychological support, therapy and psycho-educational training, with staff, pupils and parents. She also runs a private practice based in Putney in which she sees teenagers and adult clients with many different presentations. In addition Dr. Hill works with institutions interested in staff wellbeing.
Dr. Hill is experienced in a variety of methods of psychological therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, family therapy, group therapy, as well as integrative psychotherapy. She also works with children on the Autistic Spectrum in areas such as social skills and emotion recognition.
Dr. Hill’s research interests have been in the areas of attachment, emotional understanding in the self and others, and further aspects of developmental psychology.
Dr. Hill also has three teenage children aged 18, 16 and 14.
Andrew Triggs Hodge is among the most senior members of the GB Rowing squad, having won gold at the 2012 Olympics in London with partners Alex Gregory, Pete Reed and Tom James and Beijing 2008 with Pete Reed, Tom James and Steve Williams.
Triggs Hodge, a former Oxford Blue who won a memorable Boat Race in 2005, made his Olympic debut in Athens as part of the men’s eight and has won seven world medals, including three World Championship titles.
He was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List and he counts five-time Olympic champion rower Sir Steve Redgrave as his sporting inspiration.
His motto for training is: ‘Excellence is a lifestyle, excellence is my reward’.
Adrian McKeon has a successful career in the retail sector, including executive positions at ASDA, where he held the post of Global Brand Director.
Adrian has chaired a number of Advisory Boards, was a champion of ASDA’s Women in Leadership Programme, and has undertaken work as a mentor for ‘Teach First’, a charity which inspires change in education. Adrian was voted one of the top fifty most influential people in the UK retail sector in 2006.