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Sport at Langley

Here at Langley, we pride ourselves on creating a sport environment in which all pupils are able learn, strive and succeed. We value the role we have, and what sport offers in terms of developing a love of movement and setting the foundations for life-long engagement in physical activity. Pupils get the opportunity to develop world-ready skills such as teamwork, communication and leadership and when things don’t go our way on the sports field we encourage pupils to be reflective, have a growth mindset and show resilience as they bounce back from set backs.

Our staff come from a variety of sporting and educational backgrounds and share their passion for sport with our pupils. They buy in to the long win approach to sport and the notion that it provides enjoyment and the ability to create life-long memories that our pupils will take with them when they leave. We have relationships with a number external organisations who help to extend the sporting offer that we give to our pupils, assisting in high performance participation and potential career opportunities in the sport and active leisure industry. For more information on our Vision for Sport, please see the document below and for any further questions please contact our Head of Sport, Stu Field at sfield@langleyschool.co.uk

Sporting partners

  • British Canoeing
  • Harleston Magpies Hockey Club
  • Leicester Tigers Rugby Academy
  • Northamptonshire County Cricket Club
  • Norwich City Football Club
  • University College of Football Business (UCFB)

Academies

  • Langley Football Academy (LFA)
  • The Netball Club at Langley
    The Netball Club at Langley welcomes girls from schools throughout Norfolk to train and develop as netballers and sports players. It is run by a qualified UKCC Level 2 coach with England Pathways coaching experience.
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Sporting Vision

Sport Staff Profiles

Ali Colman

Ali Colman

Langley Football Academy’s Head of Football

I spent six years at the Community Sports Foundation working my way up from part time Coach to Sport Development Officer. The following six years after that I spent at Norwich City Football Club, working initially as Operations Manager/Academy Coach, and then moving to Foundation Phase Lead Coach position, before joining the Langley Football Academy.

My proudest sporting moments include seeing players that I’ve coached go on to make their first team debut for Norwich City, along with players I have coached representing their youth international teams, and of course Matt Ward coming into the LFA from China and leaving us as a professional footballer with Ipswich Town.

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Stu Field

Head of Langley Sport

Since being told, as an asthmatic 4 year old, that I ‘should take up a musical instrument, as you’ll never be very sporty’ I’ve tried my hardest to prove the doctor wrong. My main sports growing up were rugby, hockey and athletics, but I was always keen to try anything out. My focus went to hockey and throughout the past 20 years I have played at various levels including a short spell in the National League. In my latter years, I have swapped out the multidirectional running for sitting and pedalling, completing a number of 100-mile Sportives and being part of SNOW CC E-Racing team.

My proudest sporting moment was watching my wife be crowned European Champion with England Hockey O35s in Holland. It wasn’t me playing but I was proud to be able to support her to have that opportunity and experience.

Thinking about the future of sport at Langley, I’m excited about pupils and students experiencing different things in terms of physical activity; getting the opportunity to experiment, play and compete and look at the foundations that we can help with in terms of their long term active lifestyles.

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Ryan Findlay

Head of Years 3 and 4,
Maths and Games Teacher

I am a keen cricketer, who also enjoys many other sports including football, golf, tennis, rugby, badminton, and fitness. I have always played cricket from a young age, representing Norfolk from U10’s all the way through to now being the Vice-Captain of the men’s Norfolk CCC 1st XI. I started playing cricket locally at Bradenham Cricket Club, before moving to Horsford Cricket Club, who I still play for today. At aged 15 I was signed by Northamptonshire on an academy contract, where I spent five years playing for their academy and 2nd XI side. This included a tour to India, and a six-month season in Australia at the age of 18. Cricket has also allowed me to visit Kenya on a Cricket tour during High School, so I am forever grateful that a sport I love has allowed me to visit so many parts of the world.

It would be difficult to pinpoint a single proud moment of my career to date. The obvious ones that stand out to me are winning the Louis Brooks trophy with Norfolk Youth Cricket, being awarded the league player of the year during my season in Australia and, more recently, receiving my Norfolk County Cap which is “the highest honour a player can earn during their Norfolk Career and players will only achieve this with consistent match-winning performances on the field along with high levels of professionalism off the pitch.”

Now working at Langley School, I am most excited about developing the young talent at our Prep School, not only on the pitch, but also teaching them what it takes in terms of attitude and effort to succeed and develop in sport, as well as the opportunities sport can provide as they become young adults.

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Grant Holt

Grant Holt

Director of Football,
Langley Football Academy

Grant’s early career took him across the world, including playing in the likes of Australia and Singapore. Returning to the UK, he played for Sheffield Wednesday, Rochdale and Nottingham Forest, where he became the club’s top scorer and was awarded Player of the Season. After a loan period at Blackpool and a move to Shrewsbury Town, in 2009 Grant joined Norwich City and for three years in a row was awarded the Player of the Year and went down in City’s history as one of the top goal scorers. In 2013, Grant moved to Wigan Athletic, was then loaned to Aston Villa, before stints at Huddersfield, Wolverhampton, Rochdale and time up in Scotland playing for Hibernian. He also had spells at Kings Lynn Town, and Barrow, where he was player-coach, and Wroxham.

From league to FA Cup, Grant made 586 appearances during his playing career and scored an incredible 193 goals. Today, he leads the Langley Football Academy and is also a scout for West Ham.

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Mike Jones

Head of Year 10, Head of Cricket

I’ve been fortunate enough to be a professional cricketer since 2006 until a few years ago, spending my summers alternating between the northern and southern hemispheres, playing and coaching in Wales, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, India and Singapore. This journey has simply been the most amazing experience and has taught me so much about life, for which I will always be grateful. I’m currently an ECB Level 3 coach and, outside of Langley, Director of Cricket at Bradfield Cricket Club in North Norfolk. Bradfield CC last year won promotion to the Norfolk Cricket Premier League for the first time in the club’s history, having won back-to-back titles in Division 2 and then Division 1 last season.

My proudest playing moment was probably representing England in the Masters Indoor Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2019. However, I’ve also been very fortunate to meet the Royal Family, including the Queen twice, through cricket which was an amazing experience. My proudest coaching/ Langley moment happened quite recently when a young man, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, who I’d been coaching for a couple of years, made his County age group team. The expression, excitement and joy on his face when he told me made it all worthwhile!

I’m very excited about the future and direction of Langley Sport. The opportunities being given to our pupils could well be life-changing in so many ways, from getting active, to learning teamwork, sportsmanship, respect, discipline, humility, resilience, the list is endless. There’s no better experience than seeing the realisation on a pupil’s face when they achieve something they didn’t think they can do. I’m excited for many more moments like that at Langley!

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Jordan King

Langley Football Academy Coach

My football journey started at a young age, progressing through the Norwich City football pathway, representing Norfolk U18’s and playing Step 4/5 senior football. Immediately after leaving school I went into a football coaching apprenticeship at Norwich City CSF, where I built around 12 years of coaching experience, working with elite football players and took various job roles to support young players with their football development.

Coaching is a strong passion of mine and something that I enjoy, seeing young players progress and helping them meet their individual goals. During my time with the football club I have experienced a number of players who have progressed into academy football and careers into the sporting industry.

In 2018 I completed my FA UEFA B Licence football qualification and this has allowed me to develop within my coaching career enhancing my personal development and experiences. I am always looking to grow in all areas as a coach and a person, benefiting the players who I work with.

At Langley I am looking forward to continuing to support and further develop the students at the school both on and off the pitch, with their future exit routes and pathways. I am aware of some of the previous success stories from the LFA and the most recent being Matty Ward, playing with him at Wroxham FC throughout his transition into senior football.

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Sam Lockwood

Head of Rugby

Among various early jobs, including a lifeguard and a firefighter in Suffolk, I began playing rugby at Middlesbrough RUFC and did not start playing prop until I was 21 years old. As a student at Leeds Metropolitan University, I began playing for Leeds Carnegie in the RFU Championship, England’s second tier. Then I joined Jersey in January 2014, initially on loan until the end of that season, where I was named in the 2014-15 RFU Championship Dream Team. In 2016 I joined Newcastle Falcons in Premiership Rugby, England’s top tier.

My proudest sporting moment was having my son Otis run onto the pitch after I played 80 minutes and beat Sale at St James Park in front of 20,000+ fans. Another notable moment was finishing in the Premiership top four and playing in a semi final.

Now, I’m looking forward to watching the development of our current crop of younger rugby players at Langley and continuing to grow our rugby programme.

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Catriona MacIver

Head of Hockey

I have been involved with all sports for as long as I can remember. I was lucky in the opportunities I was given as a child in sport, and to have parents who were able to take me to clubs and give me further opportunities – from late pick ups following an afterschool club, to introducing me to sailing, which led to racing competitions off the coast of both Scotland and Wales. Looking back, I have favoured team sports historically, such as lacrosse, netball and rounders. However, as I have grown, I have found more appreciation for individual activities whether that’s a Pilates session or channeling School cross-country days and going for runs. I find doing these solo has been a great escape during stressful times.

I first started playing hockey in Year 6 when my school entered a 7-a-side tournament and did trials to find a team, from there I joined a club alongside school, and then threw myself into club, county and regional training. When I had to make the decision as to which sport I would continue to play outside of school it was hockey that beat tennis, sailing and dance. hockey was the one that I have continued with through university and to this day, playing for Harleston Magpies. I began coaching during Sixth Form and continued this through university and here I am today, working at Langley.

Across different phases of my sporting life, three occasions come to mind for my proudest moments; firstly, winning the Indoor Hockey National Championships U16 with Harleston Magpies, which was my first national competition that I had competed in and the moment when the final whistle went is one I will always remember. Secondly, getting through to the final of BUCS Cup with Oxford Brookes Hockey while in my final year of university, after a trek up to Dundee for the semi-final, we were determined not to waste the trip and clinched it with penalty flicks. The hard work from the season and teamwork paid off to make us the only Brookes team to make it through. Most recently, the selection for my National League Hockey debut with Harleston Magpies before Christmas, showing me that my drive to better my own playing had paid off. These moments are markers for me to see progression.

Going forward, I think the people we have working on the future of Langley sport is exciting, we are all collaborating to bring the potential out of the pupils and to give them the best experience we can. This links with listening to the pupil voice to help to continually develop the programme we set out for them, understanding that it will be a fluid process. I am excited to develop the hockey and there are passionate pupils at all levels who I look forward to working with to create a memorable experience for them as they evolve as players. This process is building and I look forward to seeing where it takes us.

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Vanessa Mallows

Vanessa Mallows

Head of Netball

I started my career as a teacher in Primary Schools, and I taught in and around Essex. During this time, I played first division netball and led and captained the team. I then became more involved with coaching netball at junior and senior levels, and was the lead coach for the club, overseeing five teams across the age groups. My enthusiasm for coaching developed and I gained various coaching qualifications. This enabled me to coach within the England netball pathways programme, where I was a lead coach in Chelmsford, and I was also given the role of Assistant Regional Coach in South Essex, where I was involved in scouting players for the Mavericks super league netball squad.

It is very difficult to pick a moment that I am most proud of because in a coaching role I think there are many moments that are special and of note. However, during my time as a teacher, one of the mixed teams I coached made it through to the county finals, representing the area – a major achievement for a small village school. At a higher level, the satellite team I coached won the inter-county pathways tournament.

I am happy to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and enthusiasm of netball with young athletes and hopefully promote a lifelong love of sport – I am a keen swimmer, runner, and cyclist too – taking part in many events, particularly triathlons. Sport has always played such an important role in my life.

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Iain Martin

Iain Martin

Prep School Head of Boys Games

I started playing in goal during school hockey at U14 level as no-one else wanted that position, then I played for the county the following year, and progressed through to eastern counties U21. I played U18 and U21 internationally for Scotland, playing in the U21 European qualifiers in Denmark.

Captaining my college Borough Road to the British Colleges cup, beating Oxford University varsity side, on the way representing Scotland at hockey are some of my proudest moments. As are, coaching our U11 girls rugby side to win silver at the IAPS finals, and then coaching them to win the U13 East hockey finals – we are the first school from Norfolk ever to do so!

Thinking about the future of Langley sport, I’m delighted that we now play so many matches and involve all children, ensuring they represent the school, and with so many new sports being added to the curriculum for pupils it’s an exciting time.

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Shana Potgieter

Shana Potgieter

Netball Coach

I’ve played Premiere League both when living in Norwich for Thoroughbreds and in Leeds when I moved for University. Moving to Leeds, I stopped playing for Mavericks and started playing for Yorkshire Jets Super League and played/ captained Leeds University 1st team.

Proudest moment to date is winning coach and team of the year while at Leeds University.

I am very excited to help grow talent within netball at Langley. It has been great to her about everything Langley and the county are doing to nurture talent and create player pathways from school level. If we are able to get more students interested in the sport and help them on their way to further their experience within the sport, I will be very happy!

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Chris Stocker

Tennis Coach

I have been coaching tennis in Norfolk for more than 20 years. For much of that time I have worked with pupils in both the Prep and Senior School, developing young players and supporting them through their journey at Langley and beyond.

More recently I have become the Norfolk Performance Officer, charged with nurturing and developing the future of Norfolk Tennis. With many past and present Langley pupils having represented the county, I look forward to helping many more succeed on court!

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Jonny Wheeler

Rugby Coach

I have had the privilege of working with Leicester Tigers, Rugby Rouen, RFU Women’s Junior Academy, DB Sport, Yorkshire Carnegie/The Yorkshire Rugby Academy and Pocklington School in various coaching and supporting roles. I am currently completing a PhD in sports coaching focusing on how birth date and physical maturation influence the development of psychological skills.

I am proud to have had players in every age group of The Yorkshire Rugby Academies – Developing Player Programme and had players in their U18 Academy League Squad for every year I was at Pocklington. In other sports, I coached an U15 Female High Jump Athlete who is nationally ranked in the top 10 for her event, as well as a pupil at Pocklington School who is now playing for Hull FC in Super League.

As a player I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent South West Students Rugby League and then Great Britain Pioneers in a test match vs Bosnia and Herzegovina. I also played in the first round of the Rugby League Challenge Cup and gained a colour from the University of Bath for my contributions to rugby league.

My proudest sporting moment to date was coaching Pocklington School’s U15 team to the NatWest Bowl Final when the previous season they had won just two games.

Joining Langley, I am most excited about working with a proud sporting history and doing everything I can to help the current pupils add to that legacy.

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