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National Success and SGS Talks Sport


Stockport Grammar School provides exceptional sporting opportunities for every child. In addition to being inclusive, we aspire to the highest level of elite performance and our teams frequently achieve national success.

Last school year the Under 14 Netball team secured third place at the prestigious National Schools Finals, the Under 15 Rugby squad reached the Quarter Finals of the National Cup, the Under 15 Hockey girls reached the Quarter Finals of the National Plate and the Under 13 Girls’ Football team reached the Quarter Finals of the Sisters n Sport National Plate Competition.

This resulted in SGS being ranked the top independent school in the North West for sport by School Sport Magazine in their annual Top 200 schools list.

To aid pupils’ development, the Sport, PE, Health and Fitness department have created the ‘SGS Talks Sport’ series where they speak to figures from the world of sport who can impart their knowledge to our pupils.

Sir Alistair Cook CBE

Alistair Cook is an English cricketer and currently play for Essex. He is a former captain of the England Test and One-Day International teams, holds a number of English and international records and is one of the most prolific batsman of the modern era.

Sally Gunnell OBE

Sally Gunnell is a British former track and field athlete who won the 1992 Olympic gold medal in the 400 metres hurdles. She is the only female British athlete to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, and was the first female 400 metres hurdler in history to win the Olympic and World titles and break the world record. She was made an MBE in 1993 and an OBE in 1998.

David Rouse

David Rouse is the current Goalkeeping Coach at Stoke City. He played in the Football League for Macclesfield Town and has worked at clubs including Manchester United, Wigan Athletic, Queen’s Park Rangers and Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates

Nick Cox

Nick Cox is Manchester United’s Head of Academy.

Nick, who has a background in teaching and sports science, has previously been with Watford and Sheffield United and has been working at the Aon Training Complex for the last three years.

Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan is an Australian netball player, coach, sports journalist and broadcaster. Dan is currently the head coach of both Northern Ireland and Leeds Rhinos. As a player, he captained both the Victorian Cyclones and Australia Sonix men’s netball teams.

Esme Morgan

Esme Morgan is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for FA WSL club Manchester City. She has represented England at Under 17, Under 19 and Under 21 level.

Colin Rösler

Colin Rösler is a German-born, Norwegian-English footballer who plays as a centre back for NAC Breda. He is the son of German footballer and manager Uwe Rösler.

Joline Henry

Joline Henry is a New Zealand netball player. She has previously played for Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, Northern Mystics and Central Pulse.

James Mazarelo

James Mazarelo is a Great Britain hockey player.

Alan Pace

Alan Pace is the Chairman of Burnley Football Club and is Managing Partner at ALK Capital.

Natalie Berry

Natalie Berry is a climber and Editor-in-Chief of UKClimbing.com. She placed third in the 2018 British Bouldering Championships, gaining her a place on the 2019 GB Bouldering Team.

Steve Vernon

Steve Vernon is Head Coach at Team New Balance Manchester. He is a former British international athlete in cross country and mountain running.

Dr Barbara Walsh

Dr Barbra Walsh is a University School Director at LJMU and parent of sport stars Kate Richardson-Walsh and Rachel Walsh.

Gary Butcher

Gary Butcher is a former English first-class cricketer. The all-rounder, who bowled right arm with a hint of swing, starter his career with Glamorgan, taking a wicket with his very first delivery in the Sunday League. He also played for Surrey.

Simon Ord

Simon Ord is Head of Education at Derby County Football Club.