Sport

To find out about Fixtures and Teams please visit or Sports Portal by clicking the link below:

Sports Portal

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.

Mr Bobby Skelton

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.

Fixtures

Fixtures

To find out about Fixtures and Teams please visit or Sports Portal by clicking the link below:

Sports Portal

Major Sports

Major Sports

Michaelmas TermBoys’ Rugby and Girls’ Hockey
Lent TermBoys’ Hockey and Girls’ Netball
Summer TermBoys’ and Girls’ Cricket

Rugby

Rugby

Rugby is a major sport at Mount Kelly and the school fields teams from U8 through to 1st XV, catering for all levels of ability.

All teams play a balanced and competitive fixture list in the Michaelmas term and the school is extremely fortunate to have impressive grounds and facilities. With a well-structured player-centred rugby programme in place based on player development and enjoyment, pupils benefit from four sessions a week which include game and skill based sessions, alongside strength and conditioning and pool recovery sessions.

Mount Kelly has a traditionally strong rugby reputation with teams entering the NatWest Cup with both the Under 15 and 1st XV teams reaching the latter stages of the competition in recent years.  Players also gain honours regionally with Devon, South West, Exeter Chiefs and also nationally; most recently with the Independent Schoolboys Lambs RFC.

In the Lent term, alongside hosting the prestigious Mount Kelly 10s tournament, Rugby 7s is also played, with a number of age groups playing in several tournaments on the 7s circuit across the South West and culminating in the Rosslyn Park National Schools Tournament.

In recent years, teams have also embarked on pre-season tours to Bath and biennial tours to Canada and Holland.

Academy Programme

This is our selected out-of-season training programme for each major sport. These academies enable us to prepare effectively for the season ahead, by improving our pupils’ individual skills as well as creating a team culture in which they are able to learn from one another. Our Heads of Sport lead the sessions at both Junior and Senior level, using contemporary coaching strategies to develop and improve individual core skills. Coaches will also start laying the foundations for what we refer to as ‘The Mount Kelly Way’ – a commonly understood set of principles that will underpin not only our playing strategy, but also our wider sporting ethos. The aim is that all age groups – from the youngest teams at the Prep, to the first teams at the College – will train and play to an established pattern, with a consistent philosophy of coaching and playing.


Mr Palepoi (Pale) Nonu

Head of Rugby, PE

I was born and raised in New Zealand and have played rugby at representative level in different age groups for the Wellington province. I moved to the UK in 2005 and have played at a professional level in the English Championship and in the All Ireland League. I have a first-class honours degree in Sports Performance which I undertook whilst playing at Plymouth Albion RFC. I am a qualified teacher of PE and previously taught at Camborne Science International Academy, Cornwall. Alongside this role I was also Head Coach for Redruth RFC National League Rugby.

I am an experienced and passionate rugby professional and educator, and am extremely interested and enthusiastic in developing individual skills and team performance through coaching and management of players ensuring that core values are paramount. My philosophy is just as much about helping pupils develop as people as it is about developing their sport.

Netball

Netball

Netball is played by all girls during the Lent term. Pupils play netball in their two hour games session and there is also a squad practice one evening a week. A netball club is offered during the Michaelmas term.

Mount Kelly takes part in the National Schools competition during the Michaelmas term. Our matches are played predominately on Saturdays, with a few taking place midweek. Over the past few years we have been extremely successful in the end of season Plymouth Schools Tournaments. These are always very well supported and offer the girls the opportunity to play at the Life Centre in Plymouth. The girls are taught by experienced Level One and Two Netball Coaches who play in the Premier Divisions of the Plymouth and District Netball League.

Academy Programme

This is our selected out-of-season training programme for each major sport. These academies enable us to prepare effectively for the season ahead, by improving our pupils’ individual skills as well as creating a team culture in which they are able to learn from one another. Our Heads of Sport lead the sessions at both Junior and Senior level, using contemporary coaching strategies to develop and improve individual core skills. Coaches will also start laying the foundations for what we refer to as ‘The Mount Kelly Way’ – a commonly understood set of principles that will underpin not only our playing strategy, but also our wider sporting ethos. The aim is that all age groups – from the youngest teams at the Prep, to the first teams at the College – will train and play to an established pattern, with a consistent philosophy of coaching and playing.

Hockey

Hockey

Hockey is a thriving sport at Mount Kelly and one that is hugely popular with many pupils, with more children playing than ever before.

The girls play hockey in the Michaelmas Term whilst the boys play in the Lent term. Year 9 pupils and above receive a double lesson during the week as well as a one hour squad training session during an evening.  ​Each games session covers a variety of different skills and techniques that progress as pupils make their way through the school. The facilities at Mount Kelly include three all-weather pitches.

Fixtures are predominantly played on a Saturday with some mid-week matches included in the fixture list. Fixtures are played against a variety of local independent schools and participation in these is firmly encouraged. County and regional tournaments are also considered within the games programme.

The hockey programme is led by experienced coaches who have played and coached at regional, national and international level, and offering some of the highest quality coaching available in a school.

The partnership between Mount Kelly and Tavistock Hockey club has led to brand new playing and changing facilities as well as an increase in the number of children representing in club level hockey. The standard of players at the school has never been so high with multiple children representing at county and international level.

In recent years teams have embarked on international tours, including a successful First XI tour to Holland in October 2018.

Academy Programme

This is our selected out-of-season training programme for each major sport. These academies enable us to prepare effectively for the season ahead, by improving our pupils’ individual skills as well as creating a team culture in which they are able to learn from one another. Our Heads of Sport lead the sessions at both Junior and Senior level, using contemporary coaching strategies to develop and improve individual core skills. Coaches will also start laying the foundations for what we refer to as ‘The Mount Kelly Way’ – a commonly understood set of principles that will underpin not only our playing strategy, but also our wider sporting ethos. The aim is that all age groups – from the youngest teams at the Prep, to the first teams at the College – will train and play to an established pattern, with a consistent philosophy of coaching and playing.


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Mr Tom Honey
Conway Housemaster, PE, Head of Hockey

After spending his childhood playing all sports on offer it wasn’t until secondary school that Mr Honey picked up a Hockey stick and fell in love with the sport that he is so heavily involved in today. After quickly progressing through his local clubs Men’s section he was playing senior 1st XI standard by the age of 14, county and regional level soon followed.

Whilst at Plymouth Marjon University studying an Applied Sports Science & Coaching Degree he had the opportunity to represent one if the largest clubs in the south west at 1st XI level, Plymouth Marjon Hockey Club. Here he was able to develop as a player representing at regional and national league level.

His love of the game soon transferred onto a coaching and teaching platform where he then completed his teacher training at Mount Kelly in 2013. Mr Honey was appointed as Head of Hockey for the Foundation in 2017 where he currently teaches both at Prep and College. Mr Honey is also the head coach for Tavistock Hockey Club as well as coaching within the England Hockey single system at multiple age groups.

Mount Kelly Hockey is going through an exciting period of time. We now have more children playing than ever before and have the most fixtures being played against a variety of different opposition, both school and local clubs. The partnership that the school is fostering between school and Tavistock Hockey club has led to brand new playing and changing facilities as well as an increase in the number of children representing in club level hockey. The standard in players at the school has never been so high with multiple children representing at county as well as international level. Our target at Mount Kelly Hockey is to further increase the number of children participating in the sport and support them on their journeys at whatever level that may be.

Cricket

Cricket

Cricket is a popular sport amongst both boys and girls at Mount Kelly and the school boasts an impressive fixture list.

Pupils benefit from professional coaching, a number of beautiful pitches, artificial nets and an indoor sports hall which allows cricket to be played throughout the year. Cricket is delivered in games sessions at all ages in the summer term and extra training is available in one of the multiple net sessions offered throughout the week.

In recent years teams have embarked on international tours, including a successful First XI tour to Dubai in March 2018.

Academy Programme

This is our selected out-of-season training programme for each major sport. These academies enable us to prepare effectively for the season ahead, by improving our pupils’ individual skills as well as creating a team culture in which they are able to learn from one another. Our Heads of Sport lead the sessions at both Junior and Senior level, using contemporary coaching strategies to develop and improve individual core skills. Coaches will also start laying the foundations for what we refer to as ‘The Mount Kelly Way’ – a commonly understood set of principles that will underpin not only our playing strategy, but also our wider sporting ethos. The aim is that all age groups – from the youngest teams at the Prep, to the first teams at the College – will train and play to an established pattern, with a consistent philosophy of coaching and playing.


Mr James Carr

Head of Cricket

James Carr originates from Plymouth and has played cricket at county and regional level, captaining Devon from U14 to U17 and playing until U21. James has played at Premier League level with Plympton CC, where he is still involved when time permits.

With a passion for coaching and teaching, James completed his studies at Plymouth Marjon University and went on to work as Cricket Development Officer for Hertfordshire Cricket Board. James has coached across numerous Devon age groups, from U12 to U15 boys and girls, and was Head Coach for Devon Women, winning a national cup with Devon U13 girls. In Hertfordshire, James coached for the county and elite training programmes.

James is currently working at Mount Kelly and Tavistock College, and has been County Coach for the Devon U12 and U13 boys for the past three years and is Head Coach of the Youth Development Centre for Torbay.

Girls' Football

Girls' Football

To find out more about our Girl’s Performance Football programme in association with Chelsea FC Foundation click here:

Girl’s Performance Football

Minor Sports

Minor Sports

Athletics, Tennis, Cross Country, Fives, Squash, Basketball, Rugby 7s and 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.

Athletics

Athletics

Athletics is taught as part of the PE and Games curriculum both on campus and at the Tavistock athletics track. 

Pupils get the opportunity to try the whole range of track and field events and are given the opportunity to specialise in areas in which they flourish, or simply enjoy.

In Year 9 and above, pupils can test themselves at local trials. There is a set structure which representative athletics follows. The best local athletes are selected to run for West Devon at the county meeting, which in turn can lead to Devon selection at the South West and English Schools’ championships.  At Mount Kelly we give our athletes the opportunity to compete, supporting them at every stage of this process, and the school has enjoyed some great recent success including coaching multiple County and Regional Champions. Pupils regularly go on to the Nationals Schools Athletics Finals at both Prep and College level.

Games

Games

At the college we have an extensive games and activities programme for each term.

The breath of options on offer is impressive and each term there are new options to make sure our programme caters for all of our pupils outside of our major and minor sports. Games and activities sessions run over three 1h 40min periods a week and we utilise some of this time for mid week matches as well as training sessions. There is also a team run hour at the end of a week on Fridays to prepare sides for Saturday fixtures if needed. We have a separate gym timetable for pupils who would like to build on their strength and fitness.

Games and Activities
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Gig Rowing
  • Sailing
  • 5-a-side Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Judo
  • Club ‘n Beat
  • Yoga/Pilates

Facilities

Facilities

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.

Talented Pupils

Talented Pupils

Find out more about our Talented Pupil Pathway:

Talented Pupil Pathway

Academic PE

Academic PE

At the College pupils can also study for a range of academic sporting qualifications: BTEC, GCSE and A Level in Sport or PE.

Physical Education