In a typical school week pupils will take part in more than fourteen different sports.
In part, this is only made possible by the high calibre of coaches that Cokethorpe attracts. These specialists not only inspire the pupils, but also support the assistant coaches in delivering excellence in their coaching programmes, while also best serving the needs of the wider school community.
Head coaches are responsible for the provisions and developments in their particular sports and for promoting achievement amongst the pupil body. These members of staff bring a wealth of experience, both as players and coaches in their own right, with many working at national level.
Director of Sport: Mrs K Floyd
Kirsty Floyd has over twenty years’ experience in the sports industry many of which were in the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor and Parachute Jumping Instructor. She also ran her own Personal Training and Sports Coaching business before teaching PE at Cokethorpe School. Kirsty has enjoyed a varied sporting career; in the early years it revolved around athletics, cross-country and swimming all of which she competed at county level. Later she represented the RAF in volleyball and triathlon and both the RAF and Combined Services in swimming and netball. In the Armed Forces much emphasis is placed on outdoor education so she also has a wealth of experience in climbing, kayaking and mountaineering. As a Level 2 coach, Kirsty has considerable coaching experience across a range of sports but more recently as a netball specialist. She still loves to play and competes at regional level for Brize Jets NC.
Head of Rugby: Mr Joel Unsworth
Mr Unsworth has extensive experience in leading and managing sports programmes within schools and sports clubs. His previous positions include Director of Rugby at St Joseph's College, Ipswich, Master in Charge of Rugby at Sandbach School and Director of Cricket at Wilmslow Wayfarers Cricket Club. Mr Unsworth played many sports at school including football, tennis and cricket, but rugby was where he excelled. He was a rugby scholar at Kirkham Grammar School and represented Junior England and British Colleges at U19 level as well as the Gloucester Rugby academy. As a Level 3 rugby coach, Joel has been involved in the setup of the Junior England U16 team where he was North of England coach, and has built up some strong links with many Premiership and Championship academies. After gaining his Level 2 cricket coaching qualification, he was invited to guest coach the Cheshire U17 team against Yorkshire. He enjoys playing table tennis recreationally, however plays competitively with his local rugby and cricket teams.
Head of Netball: Mrs Bonnie Brookes
Mrs Brookes joined Cokethorpe School’s Coaching Staff in January 2014. A Paramedic with South Central Ambulance Service for a decade now, having had a daughter in 2012 has since reduced her hours on the road in order to take on the role as Head of Netball. Her passion for sport was evident at a very young age and with both her mother and father being Physical Training Instructors in the Royal Air Force this was hardly surprising! She has competed at county level in an array of sports to date and also gained a National Qualifying Time in the swimming pool at just twelve years old. Since hanging up her swimming costume in 1999 the netball court became the main focus and currently sees Mrs Brookes as the Captain of Brize Netball Club’s Jets squad who compete in the South of England Regional Leagues. Mrs Brookes holds a degree in Leisure Resource Management, a PTLLS teaching certificate and a number of sports coaching and fitness qualifications. She has a fun and outgoing personality and with her evident passion for Netball we are really excited to have her on board!
Head of Cricket: Mr Richard Cook
Mr Cook joined Cokethorpe in 2015 having played representative Cricket for Oxfordshire CCC in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as well as playing regular club cricket in the Home Counties Premier League from a young age. He has captained and coached numerous teams across the country including the University of Bedfordshire 1st XI in 2013 and 2014, Oxfordshire Academy and the Oxfordshire U19 tour to Australia in 2010. He played for the Veecom Warriors in the APL T20 tournament in Tanzania in 2013 and represented the Gold Coast Dolphins CC in the Queensland Grade Cricket Competition in Australia in 2014 and 2015. As an ECB Level 2 Qualified Coach, Mr Cook has a vast expanse of experience of coaching in schools and clubs up and down the country and during his time with Bedfordshire Cricket Board through their Elite Performance Pathway and as a freelance Cricket Coach. Establishing a strong link with Oxfordshire Cricket Board was important in introducing a Girls Cricket Programme at Cokethorpe in 2016; something which he is keen to continue to develop and progress at the school this year and beyond. He is also passionate about other sports including Rugby, Football and Golf.
Head of Kayaking: Mr Ian White
Mr White represented Great Britain at the Junior World Sprint Championships in 1975 and at numerous international marathon competitions, at one time being ranked 10th in the world. His great passion is the 125 mile Devizes to Westminster Canoe race which he has completed 15 times. When not competing in the race Mr White has been a marshall, chief umpire, crew supporter and team manager, giving him 40 years of experience.
Head of Athletics and Hockey: Miss Amber Woodcock
Miss Woodcock has been running the Athletics programme for the past two years. Under her leadership the School has achieved notable successes; the cross country teams dominating locally and the athletes performing well on the national stage, which can only be down to her leadership and drive to be the best. She is an all-round sportswoman who has achieved success in hockey, netball, cricket and athletics. She represented her school and county throwing the shot put and javelin in her youth but now enjoys the coaching side and is working through her athletics qualifications.
Head of Tennis: Mr Andy Aitken
Mr Aitken has been a tennis coach for the past eight years. He qualified as a Level 3 tennis coach at the age of 18 and ever since has been tennis mad, successfully passing his Level 4 Senior Performance qualification in July 2011. His passion is for teaching, to see people improve, and enjoy a sport that he loves. Andy is also currently Oxfordshire County Captain of the U14 Boys team, and regularly organises tournament trips for some of the counties players, in order for them to compete, but also enjoy a good team atmosphere. Andy’s job at the School is to provide coaching for all abilities, organising teams, and running an in house talent identification process to ear mark the next potential Andy Murray!
Senior Coach: Mr Colin Maskery
Mr Maskery has been a senior sports coach at Cokethorpe for over 25 years and has coached all senior teams to 1st XI and 1st XV level. As a licensed FA coach, coaching soccer is his major strength while he also has coaching qualifications in tennis, volleyball, rugby, cricket and fitness training. He has himself played representative football, managed Area and County School sides and both adult and youth teams in the County. He also coached the youth team at Oxford United Football Club for eight seasons while also running their centre of excellence.