Name & Job Title
Jonny Wheeler – Head of Athletic Development and Rugby Coach
Where did you join Langley from/what was your previous role?
Me and my wife relocated from Yorkshire to Norfolk to be closer to family. Previously I was Head of Rugby and Head of Athletic and Coaching Development at Pocklington School. Whilst in Yorkshire I also worked with the Yorkshire Rugby Academy and North of England U15 & U18 Girls Squads. I have also previously been involved with professional rugby for Leicester Tigers and Rouen Normandie Rugby.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Langley…
In my role at Langley, I am responsible for the school’s gym with sessions running every lunch and enrichment. I also coach athletic development sessions for the LFA and sport scholars and co-ordinate use of our GPS units. In our athletic development sessions, we use Veo cameras to record sports fixtures and provide video analysis to our students. We also have 21 GPS units we use across our sport scholars to provide feedback on their performances and monitor their work loads. Outside of the gym I help coach across the PE and Games program, especially rugby. I also coach outreach sessions at local primary schools and externally for Eastern Counties U16 Girls and Leicester Tigers DPP.
What do you enjoy most about your role at Langley?
I appreciate the opportunities I get every day to help young people try and be their best. Supporting children to discover what they are capable of is so rewarding, but not without its challenges. I am also lucky to work within a PE and Games department with so many like-minded people.
Any hobbies/interests outside of school?
Outside of school I am working on my PhD thesis about talent development in rugby union. I am also a keen gardener and enjoy taking our two dogs, Winnie and Wilson, for walks along the north Norfolk coast.
A fun fact about yourself.
I played against Owen Farrell whilst at school. He was pretty good back then too.