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Director of Sport Appointment

Mon 21st Aug 2017

Director of Sport Appointment

The Board of Governors and Headmaster, Mr John Rafter, of The King’s Hospital school are delighted to announce the appointment of Mr David Keelty as the new Director of Sport. He has been appointed to this key role, to be part of The King’s Hospital Senior Management Team, and will lead and set about implementing the wide-ranging Sports strategy set out in the school’s long-term Strategic Plan. Mr Keelty took up his position on Monday, August 14th, 2017.

Mr Keelty is a New Zealand native with extensive experience and proven track record managing & developing the sporting structures of Schools, Clubs, Regional and National Sports Organisations. Since obtaining his Bachelor of Sports Coaching from the University of Canterbury he has continued his education by achieving numerous accreditations in; coaching, people development, training and mentoring, and applying that knowledge throughout his career.

During Mr Keelty’s 6 year tenure as Community Coaching Manager for the Harbour Sport & Greater Auckland Coaching Unit he supported over 25 Sporting Organisations in developing their coaching plans and athlete development. He also created training programmes for over 1,500 coaches through workshops and one to one sessions. He has experience coaching and training coaches in many sports including; Rugby, Hockey and Rowing for both men and women.

Most recently Mr Keelty held the position of National referee coordinator at the Ireland Tag Rugby Association, successfully implementing a new ‘train the trainer’ programme for referee educators and coordinated the placement of over 150 referees across Ireland.

Speaking this week, Headmaster, Mr John Rafter said ‘On behalf of the Governors and Board of Management, I am delighted to welcome David as our new Director of Sport. In David we believe we have appointed someone with exemplary educational sports experience that will be a great leader and mentor for our coaching staff and encourage our students at all levels and interest to get the most from our extensive Sports Programme.

On his appointment, Mr Keelty said, ‘what attracted me to the The King’s Hospital was the fact that there is a clear motivation to develop the Sports Programme into one that becomes a benchmark for all other Schools’ Sports Programmes. The staff I have met already are very passionate about growing sport at The King’s Hospital and that got me excited! I think there is tremendous potential at The King’s Hospital and I am looking forward to spearheading that vision and leading the staff and students on that journey.

There are two key areas I hope to have an impact on; 1. Growing the number of KH pupils participating in sport regularly, and ensuring that they have a great time when they participate and 2. Helping the top KH teams to perform more consistently at their highest level, so we have more KH teams competing for and winning championships.’


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  • David Keelty new Director of Sport The King's Hospital August 2017