The Spotlight falls on David Lyons, Director of Sport.

David grew up in Shropshire before heading South West to Bath University for his undergraduate degree and Exeter University to complete a Master’s degree in sports science. Playing multiple sports growing up, he competed internationally in rowing before a career in professional rugby. Upon retiring from playing, he joined The Portsmouth Grammar School as Head of Rugby, and it was from there he moved to Warminster, with his family last summer.

How long have you worked at Warminster?

We moved here in August last year, so just over 6 months.

Describe a typical Warminster day for you?

The organisation of running the sports programme across both the Senior and Prep school keeps everyone in the Sports Department busy! I try to spend time with pupils and colleagues, rather than being stuck behind my computer or on the phone – although I’m not always successful! Keeping everything moving at the same time as trying to develop and improve what we offer our pupils is challenging, but it is fun and very rewarding.

What do you think makes Warminster a special place to live and learn?

There seems to be a lot of people with a genuine love for the School and a desire to do well for the pupils. I have been really impressed with the way our older pupils are with their younger counterparts – which I’ve experienced as both a teacher and a parent.

You are spearheading the gym renovation, how is it going?

I am, we have completed the first phase of the project and are aiming for phase two by the summer!  Kate and the Estates Team of Chris, Austin, Wojtek, Nick, Dale, Ian and Dave have done an absolutely wonderful job of renovating the space and we are very grateful to the WSPA for their financial support of purchasing new equipment.  It really has transformed our pupils experience of exercise – and we’re only just getting started!  We are hoping to raise further funds through this years WSPA Summer Ball to complete the second phase of the project – so keep an eye out and book your ticket!

What is your favorite sport?

I’m a big fan of lots of sports and played most things growing up, I’m not sure you could pin me down to one favourite!

Benefits of team sports for pupils?

I am an enthusiastic advocate for the benefits that team sports can have. Belonging to something bigger than oneself and working together towards a common goal can deliver invaluable lessons. In an increasingly automated future, teamwork, collaboration, and perseverance will be ever more valuable qualities. But most importantly, being in a team is great fun!

What other Warminster role would you like to try for a day and why?

I’m pretty keen on DIY and have snuck a few looks in the Design and Technology Department. I am thinking I could help out in there for the day, pick up some tips and maybe borrow some tools or maybe assist the Estates Team!

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember wanting to be a train driver when I was younger. But as I got older, I think it was always to play sport in some capacity.

What did your school reports say about you?

Hardworking, fairly good at science and math’s but not a lot of creativity or artistic ability!

Your note/advice to teenage self?

When I was younger, particularly in sport, I was always looking ahead to the next goal or challenge. I think I would have had a more fulfilling time and probably been more successful if I had focused on the present.

Any hidden ambitions still to achieve?

I think I might have a long endurance event left in me – I’m not sure what yet though!

Biggest bugbear?

I quite like things to be tidy, so probably mess. Although as I get older, I’ve tried to be more tolerant!

Favourite musician/group?

I am big Bruce Springsteen fan; and I am looking forward to seeing him in Cardiff this year.

Guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure foods are sausages and peanut butter, to the amusement of the Sports Department!

Last book you read?

‘Same as ever’ by Morgan Housel

Last movie watched?

‘No time to die’ – I’m a big bond fan and only really go to the cinema to watch those.

Favorite place/city in the world and why?

I love going to Cornwall, it reminds me of big family holidays as a child.

Why should we follow the Sport Insta account?

I’m personally not a big social media user, but lots of the department are younger and much tech savvier than me and post some great content to keep everyone updated on what is going on with sport at Warminster. Follow here