Our Sporting Ethos
At Mount Kelly we aim to provide a sporting environment in which every pupil has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Our core values of Respect, Commitment, Teamwork, Sportsmanship and Humility are at the heart of everything we do. We strive for excellence both in performance and attitude, and cater for everyone – regardless of ability – by providing first class coaching, facilities and opportunities to train and compete.
Mount Kelly offers first-class sporting facilities, including three all-weather pitches (two of which are floodlight), grass pitches for rugby, football, cricket and rounders, a 700m2 indoor sports hall, four squash courts, indoor and outdoor cricket nets including a permanent astro training facility, three cross-country courses, netball courts (one indoors), a nine-hole golf course, 50m and 25m indoor swimming pools and a heated outdoor pool. Simply Outdoors, our outdoor adventure centre, features a high ropes course and a shooting range. Our location on the edge of Dartmoor National Park provides an excellent facility for our keen cross-country runners.
|Michaelmas Term||Boys’ Rugby and Girls’ Hockey|
|Lent Term||Boys’ Hockey and Girls’ Netball|
|Summer Term||Boys' and Girls' Cricket|
Athletics, Tennis, Cross Country, Fives, Squash, Basketball, Rugby 7s & Football. Minor sports are played at representative level throughout the year.
In addition to these sports, pupils are offered a fantastic range of opportunities throughout our games programme. They receive three sessions per week, making use of the outstanding facilities that we have here at Mount Kelly.
Bobby Skelton is the Director of Sport at Mount Kelly. He has an impressive track record of involvement in independent school sport; and success in both playing and coaching sport at a high level.
In his youth, Bobby was awarded a rugby scholarship to university. He has a proven track record of playing semi-professional rugby at academy, regional and national league level for various clubs, ultimately winning the National County Cup in 2002 at Twickenham with Hampshire. Bobby studied Sport Science at Chichester, and subsequently completed his PGCE in secondary Physical Education. After retiring from playing, he went on to coach in the Sussex set up with the U20’s age group before moving to Brighton Blues Men’s 1st XV – where he was instrumental in their winning of the National Intermediate Cup at Twickenham in 2013.
In his teaching career, Bobby has been Director of Sport of various independent schools, one of them a leading prep school in the South East. This experience has given him a clear understanding of developing grassroots sports while maintaining the developmental transitions all the way through a pupil's sporting career. He has overseen National title runs at school level in both girls and boys sport and overseen the introduction of numerous players into elite pathways and representative sport at regional and national level. Bobby's focus remains on creating varied sports programmes in which pupils of all abilities can access competitive sport.