A charity event starring the world champion boxer, Nigel Benn, has raised more than £40,000 in memory of a Rugby School pupil who died suddenly on Boxing Day 2017. Nick Tester, a sports consultant at Rugby School and owner of PRC Elite, co-ordinated the event alongside School staff Mindy Dhanda and Vicky Henderson.Read Press Release Rugby Observer Coverage
PRC Elite specialises in enhancing results in education, helping schools and pupils to achieve their goals and take control of their futures.
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On 24th September, Rugby School hosted a unique day of music education, allowing young orchestral musicians to interact with top professionals. The event included two school orchestras being conducted in workshops by Royal Opera House Maestro, Sir Antonio Pappano.
PRC Elite add the University of Nottingham to their list of clients, as Nick Tester becomes Director of Football.More Info
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Nick has a unique gift for nurturing aspiration in young people with a sensitivity to the individual and the balance required to retain educational breadth whilst focusing on ambitious targets, whether they are academic, musical, sporting. It is this ‘whole person’ educational philosophy which sets Nick apart in the world of elite sports training.
His instinctive understanding of how to pitch to an audience, combined with his contact list which would be the envy of any media mogul in sport, media, TV, opera, dance, popular music and many other spheres, make him all-but unique in the educational world and one of the best and most dependable people to know in the profession.
I would recommend Nick to you in many capacities, as a coach, public speaker, event organiser, agent or consultant. His knowledge and experience is second to none and his work transcends categorisation. Nick is not only a jack of many trades, uniquely he is a master of every single one.
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Nick Tester is a leading figure in Sport and Education, having been Head of Cricket at Chigwell School and Head of Boy’s Games, Football and Cricket at Ardingly College, as well as having worked within the professional sporting world. In his time in education, Nick has been one of the most decorated Heads of Football in the Independent sector… More →
Tanya is an Educational Consultant with considerable experience in the education sector, offering advice and support to students, parents, and academic institutions. She is particularly interested in the educational experience of international students and how their personal experiences and perspectives… More →
Clarissa Schilling, née Goodwin, has been involved in promoting girls sport throughout her career. She has competed at a high level across several sports as an athlete herself, including netball, athletics and her main sport of hockey. During her hockey career she has gained 14 years of national league… More →
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Marina Finnamore began studying the clarinet in Bournemouth and enjoyed participating in the many bands and orchestras provided by her school and the local Music Service as well as 3 years in the National Youth Orchestra. She then continued her studies at Chethams School of Music… More →
Sam is currently 1st XV Head Coach at Rugby School, but, most notably, has become an informed voice on the topics of Performance Analysis and Athlete Monitoring across schools and universities. Sam also plays Rugby Union for Birmingham Moseley RFC who are in National League One… More →
James is currently working towards a PhD focusing on the impact of training load on the prevalence of adolescent injuries. This has put James at the forefront of research into school sports issues with teenage pupils.… More →
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Nick Tester is a leading figure in Sport and Education, having been Head of Cricket at Chigwell School and Head of Boy’s Games, Football and Cricket at Ardingly College, as well as having worked within the professional sporting world. In his time in education, Nick has been one of the most decorated Heads of Football in the Independent sector, having overseen several national and county cup wins, and having produced several professionally contracted players in the meantime whilst each attained an outstanding education.
He has also been the national coach and manager to the Independent Schools National U18s and U16s, and coached within the Essex County Cricket Academy across all of the age groups from U9-U21. Nick has worked with several of the world’s best coaches and practitioners, including Grant Flower, James Foster, Luke Wright and Andrew Flintoff in Cricket, as well as several of the country's best football clubs. He has also worked with international hockey players such as Martin Haner (Germany captain), Mark Gleghorne (GB Hockey) and Crista Cullen (GB Hockey). In coaching terms, Nick is booked regularly to work at sports academies and institutions across the globe.
Nick’s innovative thinking behind developing success in school sport, both in terms of participation and excellence, has led him to be asked to talk within the national press in recent years, with appearances in The Times, FourFourTwo magazine, Radio FiveLive, TalkSport, and even German and Indian National television leading to him being a much requested speaker at schools and business events. Being a former Choral Scholar, singing tenor at Canterbury Cathedral and several other leading concert venues across the world, he is particularly interested in the links between Music, Drama and Sport in the development of elite performance, and the links within each of these to academia. He is a much sought after speaker on the topic of elite performance, and regularly presents to schools and universities across the world.
Nick’s contact base, coupled with his unique experience and innovative thinking led him to form PRC Elite. Improving Performance, interconnecting contacts and helping schools become the best that they can be is a passion for Nick, and he is excited with what the future holds.
Clarissa Schilling, née Goodwin, has been involved in promoting girls sport throughout her career. She has competed at a high level across several sports as an athlete herself, including netball, athletics and her main sport of hockey. During her hockey career she has gained 14 years of national league experience, won four Investec hockey league titles, and was part of the the senior England women national development squad in 2012. She has also coached multiple boys, girls and ladies teams in schools, clubs and universities in the UK, USA and South Africa.
Clarissa graduated from the University of Birmingham with first class honours in Geography. After playing and coaching hockey in South Africa, she returned to work in sports marketing and events for the London based company Limelight Sports, working on several mass participation events aiming to get more people active across the country. This was also the same time Clarissa became a contributor for the women's sports magazine, Sportsister, and began several campaigns aimed to tackle the drop-out rate of girls and women in sport and exercise in secondary schools, after school, university and post natal.
In 2012, she stepped away from the sports events industry to complete her PGCE in Geography at the Institute of Education, and became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She began her teaching career at King’s College School, Wimbledon, teaching Geography, running girls hockey and was Head of Athletics. She then taught Geography at Ardingly College, alongside the role of Head of Elite Performance, setting up elite sport programmes in hockey, football and cricket, as well as creating and managing the sport scholarship firstname.lastname@example.org
Musical Events Leader
Marina Finnamore began studying the clarinet in Bournemouth and enjoyed participating in the many bands and orchestras provided by her school and the local Music Service as well as 3 years in the National Youth Orchestra. She then continued her studies at Chethams School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, individually in Belgium with Walter Boeykens funded by the Martin and Munster musical trusts, and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra.
Her debut as a solo performer was in 1985 with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall playing Debussy`s Premier Rhapsody and again in 1989 playing the Copland Concerto. Marina has also performed concertos and solo recitals throughout the UK, most recently during the Monday Lunchtime series in the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House.
Shortly before completing her studies, Marina joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as Principal Bass Clarinet where she remained for 3 years as well as retaining the position of Principal clarinet in the Premiere Ensemble under the baton of Mark Wigglesworth. After a few years performing and touring the world with all the London, regional orchestras and various chamber music groups such as London Winds, and the Hebrides Ensemble, Marina joined the Royal Opera House Orchestra as Principal Bass Clarinet where she has remained ever since. Throughout her career Marina has been fortunate enough to work with many of the world`s greatest conductors, singers and soloists. She is also in demand as a specialist teacher of the Bass Clarinet.
In 2002 Marina was awarded an honorary ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music for services to music.
Tanya is an Educational Consultant with considerable experience in the education sector, offering advice and support to students, parents, and academic institutions. She is particularly interested in the educational experience of international students and how their personal experiences and perspectives can help us to understand some of the practicalities of school improvement and educational quality. Tanya holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Oxford, and has worked extensively with schools, colleges and universities throughout the UK as well as provided advice to colleges and universities in the US and China in a consultancy capacity.
She also has many years of experience working within the football industry. She has previously played for Arsenal and Chelsea ladies’ teams. Tanya has worked for a number of high profile clubs, including Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. She is concerned with the role that sport and physical activity play in re-engaging disaffected youth.
Tanya currently works for New Era Global Sports Management as an FA Intermediary. Her particular focus is on the identification, recruitment and management of players. She is on hand to provide the best solutions to her clients and delivers these with the highest possible levels of service and attention.
Sam Pointon graduated with Merit from Loughborough University with a Masters degree in Sports Coaching, and, subsequently, completed an extra undergraduate degree in Sports Technology at Loughborough. Gaining over 50 caps for the 1st XV in National League One, Sam represented and captained the Loughborough side in the BUCS Super League on a number of occasions and also coached within the Loughborough Students Rugby Club, where my role was backs and defence coach of the BUCS 2nd team who competed in BUCS League Premier A North.
Sam is currently 1st XV Head Coach at Rugby School, but, most notably, has become an informed voice on the topics of Performance Analysis and Athlete Monitoring across schools and universities. Sam also plays Rugby Union for Birmingham Moseley RFC who are in National League One, and has made several appearances for Worcester Cavaliers, competing regularly on the Elite Rugby Sevens circuit. Sam has represented England Students and England U16s in the 15-a-side game, and represented Great Britain Students in the 7-a-side game. In 2014 he was a member of the Great Britain Students side that won the World University Championships in Brazil; and in 2016 he captained Great Britain to win the Silver medal at the World University Championships in Swansea.
Sam’s development of a unique athlete monitoring system, which can be used to track athlete well-being predominately as a tool to inform coaches of players' work load and injuries, whilst helping to inform training interventions, has led him to work with PRC Elite as our performance monitoring specialist. He works closely with James Neal on the implementation of these methods.
Having completed an undergraduate degree in sports therapy and then an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham, James is currently working towards a PhD focusing on the impact of training load on the prevalence of adolescent injuries. This has put James at the forefront of research into school sports issues with teenage pupils.
James has worked in a variety of settings that included professional and semi-professional sport, NHS and within the Independent School sector. His work with Sam Pointon and several Directors of Sport, on performance tracking, has meant that he is fast becoming a well placed voice in the implementation of science to get the best out of athletes, especially in preventing injury for longer periods of competition.
James has presented to international conferences on the topic of the management of hip issues and has worked alongside one of the most renowned hip surgeons in the United Kingdom, which has led James to consulting with some of the best Premiership Football Clubs in England, as well as the general Elite Athletic population.
Charlie Sheringham has been a constant figure in the professional and semi-professional football environment and has extensive experience in playing, coaching and managing a variety of teams and organisations. He has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to be a professional sportsman, essential skills and deep understanding of the time, commitment and motivation required to make the right choices and career path.
Charlies football career commenced in the football Academies of Tottenham Hotspur and Ipswich Town, progressing to play professionally in the English Football League for Crystal Palace, AFC Bournemouth, AFC Wimbledon, whilst also having spells in North America and Asia over a 12 year career.
Throughout his playing time he was always interested in the other side of the game and began his coaching badges at an early age. Now an FA registered coach with UEFA Level 1 and 2, UEFA B License and UEFA Youth Modules under his belt, Charlie has coached with children, adolescents and adults in differing fields and teams.
This led Charlie, alongside his consultancy work, to set up a Football Academy in London/Essex, to help children enhance their skills and promoting those with talent and determination to reach their goals