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Former international rugby stars join teaching staff at Harrogate school

The PE department at Highfield Prep School in Harrogate now boasts three former international rugby players.

Former international rugby stars join teaching staff at Harrogate school Three former international rugby players now make up the PE department at a Harrogate school. The Highfield Prep School sports program emphasises physical fitness whilst trying to instil values like teamwork, discipline, and sportsmanship in its pupils. And one of the highlights of Highfield Prep School's sports program is its renowned teaching staff. This includes John Liley; Ex-England International and Leicester Tiger full back, Philippa Freer; former Scotland Hooker and Women’s Cup Finalist, Dario Kellet former Croatian U18 and Europe Trophy winner. These experienced athletes bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the school, providing pupils with top-notch coaching and mentorship. Highfield PE Coordinator, John Liley says,

“I love the element of learning from failure, passion and desire. "There are no guarantees in life but I do believe you can achieve anything with consistent hard work and determination which I have learnt from my playing career and I like to teach that to the children”.     
John added:
“The presence of ex-pro and semi-pro rugby players on the teaching staff not only elevates the quality of coaching but also serves as a source of inspiration for pupils aspiring to excel in sports. "The first-hand experience and insights shared by these players contribute significantly to the development of young athletes, helping them hone their skills and reach their full potential."
[caption id="attachment_101910" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Sports at Highfield Prep School.[/caption] Highfield PE Assistant, Dario Kellet has played rugby since he was 7 years old and has not only played for his home country of Croatia, but also for Loughborough Town and Harrogate Rugby Club. Dario said:
“My personal experiences and expertise allow me to help coach the children to be the best they can be. "Having played for different teams and in different countries, it has taught me a lot about what I’d expect and want from professional coaching and therefore, I can cascade this knowledge down to the children in their PE lessons”.                 
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