Director of Sport, Matt Higgins, is an ‘all round’ sportsman who has played elite Basketball for over ten years representing his County, the North of England, as well as competing in the National League; in addition, he has played semi-professional Football.
Matt has recently joined the School after a successful and interesting career. This includes time spent working with the ASC Academy in New Jersey, New York, as their Athletic Programme Director and Sport Scientist; co-ordinating and delivering international projects for the Manchester United Soccer School in Paris, which is a role he continues today in his personal time, coaching players from all over the world and he also became a mentor to younger coaches within the organisation.
When asked about his new role at CHS, Matt said: "I am very excited about my new position as Director of Sport, leading the PE & Games team at CHS. Our aim is to develop each individual student's sporting potential through world class expertise, experiences and opportunities and to support those young people in becoming leading citizens within the community.
Matt, who is currently undertaking a Masters Degree in Education and Leadership through Warwick University, began his teaching career in 2006 at Harris School and Sports College in Rugby. Whilst at Harris, he raised GCSE PE attainment to 96% A*-C and became Curriculum Team Leader of PE and Director of Sport in April 2009, leading to the Department being rated ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED.
In 2010 Matt was invited by the Youth Sport Trust to join the Subject Leader Advisory Team working alongside other leading PE teams across the country to re-evaluate, shape and deliver the new national curriculum and competitions.
In 2012 the Rugby Football Union (RFU) invited Matt to take up a part-time consultancy role helping to re-shape schools’ Rugby to further extend opportunities and access to Rugby for all - a role he continues to fulfil.
Beyond sport, Matt volunteers with the Sisters of Mother Theresa, aiding the homeless and those in sheltered accommodation to re-build their lives. Last Easter Matt spent some time in Belarus helping to build a new school building and delivering a range of lessons in their school curriculum.