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Profile of Matt Clasper

Profile of Matt Clasper
Sports teacher Matt Clasper
Wednesday 4th October 2006 by C. Freeman
Teacher Matt Clasper loves sport so much that he made a major career change just to teach at a more practical level. Mr Clasper, who has formerly lectured Higher and Further Education students wanted to get out on the sports field and teach rather than lecture from the confines of a classroom.

'I was working in colleges for quite a few years and it was the same year after year so I wanted a fresh challenge. I found that teaching 11 to 18 year olds was the answer. I am much more of a practitioner here in terms of teaching sport where before I was teaching the theory behind it before. I wanted to get out on the sports field and I've no regrets at all about changing to teaching at secondary level.' he said.

PictureSports teacher Matt Clasper with Year 7 students
Mr Clasper's love of sports stems from his own school days where he played football before discovering his life-long passion for rugby. 'I got into rugby and really found it easy. I played for the county of Hampshire at 16 to 19 (and Staffordshire U21's whilst at University) and then got into the Great Britain team when I was 19. I went on tour around Belgium and Holland with their international teams. I'm quite a competitive person in the right environment, you have to be if you play sports.'

Now Mr Clasper coaches the rugby teams at Brooke Weston, as well as teaching a range of other disciplines in conjunction with the sports staff. 'I'm enthusiastic about sports in general, especially rugby. You have to be quite an all-rounder and the teamwork between the staff is the key to the success of the department.'

Teaching sports at Brooke Weston is by no means a nine to five job and the sports teachers often work late into the night, supervising matches whether at home or away, coaching during out of school hours or holding practice sessions.

PictureSports teacher Matt Clasper with Year 7 students
The sports department is currently looking at introducing new forms of 'sports' to encourage those who may not see themselves as traditional athletes. Skateboarding or BMXing may be introduced in a new initiative currently being explored.

Mr Clasper said: 'We want to get the students into sport. If they're not interested in actual running, jumping, throwing and catching then we want to get them into some other form of physical activity that's going to get the heart going and burn a few calories. We have somehow to try and get them to run around and enjoy themselves without them noticing that they're doing it!'

In his spare time Mr Clasper practices what he preaches, playing for Market Harborough rugby club in between the demands of work and his young family: 'I'm lucky that I'm happy to play pretty much any sport that's happening.' he said displaying a life-long enthusiasm for sport which he's hoping will rub off on the students at Brooke Weston.

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