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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18


Sport at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is an integral part of the students' lives and plays an important role within their personal growth and development as well as the formation of their character.

Participation in sport is not only about developing physical skills and improving general fitness, but building confidence, resilience and mental toughness. Students gain a real sense of achievement, extend their leadership skills and are taught the importance of teamwork and discipline through the structured sports. All of these are vital life skills that are easily transferable into many other aspects of life. Excellence is pursued wholeheartedly at the School, but the aim is also to cater for every pupil, at his or her own level of ability and encourage enthusiasm and most importantly enjoyment. The main objective of the Sports and Games Department is to instil a life-long love for sport and the values it embodies.

As well as our major sports of rugby, hockey, cross-country, cricket, athletics and tennis for the boys and hockey, netball, cross-country, athletics and tennis for the girls, we run a thriving sports options programme with over 15 other sporting disciplines on offer over the year. This allows students to train, learn and participate in a multitude of other sports and, where possible, to represent the school.

We are fortunate that we play our sport in beautiful surroundings, and in recent years, the School has invested significantly in the sports facilities. These include eight rugby pitches, a floodlit AstroTurf hockey pitch, four cricket squares, eighteen tennis courts, including six grass courts, an Olympic standard floodlit athletics track, four county standard floodlit netball courts, a scenic cross country course and three football pitches. Our indoor facilities include a newly built sports hall, gym, climbing wall, a newly equipped fitness suite and weights room, heated indoor swimming pool, four squash courts and a sports pavilion. 

The School has also developed and invested in some top coaches across the range of sports, many of whom have played at the very top level. Through this and the continued dedication of the students, the school has generated some good results and is continually striving to improve its sport further. All we ask is for all our students to be ambitious, get involved and pursue excellence.

The future of Dukies’ sport is very bright.

Team Rugby (boys) Team Hockey (boys) Team Athletics
Team Hockey (girls) Team Netball (girls) Team Cricket (boys)
Badminton Team Cross Country Team Tennis (girls)
Basketball Climbing Badminton Basketball Team Tennis (Snr. boys) Basketball
Conditioning / Fitness Climbing Climbing
Cross Country / Triathlon Conditioning / Fitness Triathlon
Race For Life (girls) Race For Life (girls) Race For Life (girls)
Squash Squash Squash
Swimming Swimming Swimming


The Sports and Games programme is designed to provide a balanced range of activities for students to have the opportunity to compete in team sport and enjoy a wide variety of physical activities.

We aim to develop:

  • individual skills as well as a range of motor skills and stamina;
  • appreciation of the concepts of fair play, honest competition and good sportsmanship;
  • self-confidence through understanding the capabilities and limitations of oneself and others;
  • an understanding of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle;
  • teams that can compete successfully against other schools and attain excellence; and
  • the building of self-esteem through the acquisition of physical competition.


The general objective of the Sports and Games programme is to develop and improve the

students’ skills and knowledge of a variety of sports as they progress through the school. As such, each specific sport has its own objectives towards which the students should work. It is pointless to assume that boys and girls will automatically acquire or improve basic skills through playing only in full-sided games. These skills must all be taught specifically and at an individual level, then in pairs, small groups and so on up to small-sided games played on “pitches” suitably reduced in size. This would then naturally lead into a full game situation.

Listed below are the specific objectives of the department:

  • To realise the full physical potential of each individual
  • To develop an understanding of the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • To participate in a variety of games, including large and small team games.
  • To know the principles of attack and defence within a game situation.
  • To take part in and play a number of different roles within a game situation.
  • To know and observe the rules of the game.
  • To develop the capacity to maintain interest and enthusiasm to persevere to achieve success.

To bring about enjoyment through learning skills, thereby fostering a positive attitude towards playing games.

Staff Profiles

Daniel Quinn - Director of Sport (1st XV Rugby, 1st VII Rugby and 1st VI tennis)

As a junior Daniel represented the county at rugby and tennis, and South-East England at hockey. He went on to represent the full county rugby team in 7s. Daniel is a level 3 tennis coach and level 2 rugby coach. Whilst working in New Zealand he coached the U20 Wanganui regional rugby team and led his school to consecutive national tennis finals.

Christine Lawrence (Athletics, U15 Netball, U14 Girls Hockey & Girls Rugby)

Christine has had an incredible and varied sports career. In athletics she represented Kent, South-East England, England and Great Britain in the javelin and just missed out on Olympic selection. She then turned her attention to rugby, where she represented London & South-East England and had trials for the England Elite 44 squad. Christine also performed at a very high level in cross-fit, where she achieved the rank of 67th fittest in Europe and achieved 1st place in the mixed pairs Battle of the Gods.

Josh Bryant (Hockey & Cricket coach)

Josh represented Queensland as a junior in cricket and went on to represent Queensland County at the National Championships. After moving to England he joined Folkestone Cricket Club and represented the Kent Cricket League in the Southern Counties Championship. Josh’s greatest achievements came in Fastpitch Softball, where in won a gold medal for Australia in the U19 World Championship. He went on to gain full international honours and in 1999 was named in the honorary ‘All World’ team.

Andrew Spight (1st XI Boys Hockey, 2nd XV Rugby & U15 Cricket)

As a junior Andrew represented the county at rugby and cricket. However, hockey turned out to be his main sport and having represented the British Universities team, he went on to gain full county honours, as well as playing in the National Premier Division for Canterbury. Andrew is a level 3 hockey coach and coached the Canterbury men’s first team in hockey’s top division.

Jo Towers (1st VII Netball, 2nd XI Girls Hockey, U14 & 15 Girls Tennis)

As a junior Jo represented the county at tennis and netball, and was also selected for the county team in hockey and swimming. Jo went on to represent the full county team at netball and is a qualified netball umpire.

Fiona Dunn (1st XI Girls Hockey, U15 Boys Hockey & Athletics)

As a junior Fiona represented the county at hockey and athletics, and was cross-country county champion. She has completed several marathons, with a personal best of 3 hours 18 minutes. Fiona is a level 2 hockey coach and coached Tavistock ladies first team to the National Premier Division 2, having previously captained the team.

Sarah Castle (Trampolining & Rounders)

As a junior Sarah competed at Southern England and county level in gymnastics. She is a qualified club coach and judge, and enjoys applying these skills during trampolining club at school.

Kerrie Fisher (U15 Girls Hockey, U 14 Netball & Athletics)

As a junior Kerrie played a variety of sports before taking up obstacle course events. Recently she has been ranked 2nd in the UK, 11th in Europe and finished 3rd in the team World Championship. Kerrie is a qualified hockey, netball and athletics coach.

Mitch Halpin (U14 Rugby)

As a junior Mitch represented the county at rugby. He went on to play for Hartpury College 1st XV and was a member of the Wasps Academy.

Robert Lawley (Basketball)

Rob represented the county as a junior in basketball and went on to train with the Canterbury Jazz basketball team.

Ed Pallant (U12 Rugby, U13 Boys Hockey & U15 Cricket)

As a junior Ed represented the county at rugby and was part of the national judo squad. He is a level 2 rugby and hockey coach and coached Exeter University’s 1st hockey team

Steven Rowe (U13 Girls Hockey, U14 Boys Hockey & U14 Boys Cricket)

Steven played 1st grade cricket in Australia before moving to England. In England he represented the Kent cricket league and he is a level 2 cricket coach.

Bethany Windwood (Cross-Country & 1st VI Tennis)

As a junior Bethany represented the county at tennis and cross-country. She is a level 2 tennis coach and currently competes in Kent’s top tennis division.