My name is Ryan Cartwright. I am an ex-professional cricketer/athlete, physical education teacher and sports coach with a specialisation in cricket. I am currently doing a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), and I will be a fully qualified Life Orientation teacher in the Senior and FET (Further Education and Training) phase in December 2022.
I am passionate about people, sports, education and developing young leaders for our future. The impact my teachers and coaches had on my life and their influence has had a profound effect on how I have lived my life, how I deal with people and the relationships that I’ve built over my 30 years.
There is a special link between sports and education. There is so much learning and opportunity for growth in the sports field and that is something that consistently motivates me in making a positive impact on the learners that I am working with. I believe in looking after the needs of the individual that leaves a major impact on that child’s life is the priority. There is so much power we hold in education and that’s why I feel that it’s even more reason to use that power with responsibility. I believe that good people make good teachers and those good teachers are people that put others first.
I’d like to pursue teaching Physical Education and Life Orientation. My personal goals and aspirations include completing my PGCE this year (2022) and then working within a school with a vision, ambition and drive that equals or supersedes my own. I am a student of life and a life-long learner. I love a challenge and improving myself consistently, this is a huge part of my aspirations and therefore my personal development is crucial in continually progressing myself for me to be able to successfully provide a high-quality work ethic and service to those I work with and teach.
My experience in education has allowed me to build children up, creating an environment where individuals can express themselves, grow, and learn effectively. This was my goal all along. I believe strongly in effective communication and teaching children how to improve on their communication skills. Working within a school will allow me to make an impact on a personal level. It will also allow me to lead by example and be a positive role model in a child’s life. Sport has always been my platform; therefore, coaching has been at the forefront of my working relationships and connections with the people that I have worked with. I have over 10 years of sports coaching experience.
I would consider myself open-minded, honest, caring, and intuitive. I am a people person and passionate about growth and development. Teaching speaks to my interpersonal qualities, besides creating an environment for children to learn within their lives. I’d like to think that my classroom is not bound by its four walls or the boundaries of the field, but rather making the world their classroom, learning in as many facets of their lives. This leads to good human beings, not just students, being present in a world that is forever changing, and finding their voice and power to change the world in their vision.
The passion for what I do is seen by those around me, creating an environment that always leads to an unquenchable thirst for growth. I want to help build foundations for children to use and flourish from. Everyone has the potential to be great, they just need some help. I like to view it as a fire that I have within that will spread to all the children I teach and coach. My purpose has always been to change the world, I guess that world is not my generation's world but the generations to come.
I am currently employed at a private school in White River, South Africa, called Uplands. I work with children from the ages of 5 to 18. I am a physical education teacher, and sports coach, with a specialised focus on cricket. I have the role of Head of Cricket at Uplands Preparatory School (ages 5 to 13) and manage the cricket operations within the Preparatory School. I also coach cricket at the College (ages 14 to 18) and have been completing my teaching practice there too. I teach Life Orientation (PHSE, Life Skills).
I am looking at potentially immigrating to another country, particularly Europe or the United Kingdom, but am also open to other options abroad.
Head of Cricket, Cricket Specialist, Sports Coach, PE Teacher
I am highly motivated and progress-focused with a long-standing background in the school sports industry. With a track record of initiative and dependability in managing and leading sports teams and departments, I have introduced and implemented strategic initiatives like the Long-Term Athlete Development philosophy. I am equally proficient in leading and driving a high-performance programme.
Throughout the course of my career, I have learned much about sports management operations and leadership. I am a capable and consistent problem-solver skilled at prioritizing and managing projects with proficiency.
My educational background has given me a solid understanding of the joys and sorrows of working with young people. I enjoy interactions with them on the sports field and in class, as it provides me with special opportunities to act as mentor and apply good values. I am progressive minded and in tune with the latest trends in my field of sports management and leadership. I have proven to be effective and collaborative with strong teamwork talents. I enjoy collective brainstorming sessions which allow me to coordinate activities to achieve goals.
Please take a moment to review my attached resume and credentials. The thread that holds my CV together is my passion for growth and gaining knowledge through experience.
I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you regarding my candidacy.
Former Director of Sport
Johannesburg, South Africa
Experience in a variety of fields from education, marketing and sports coaching. Looking to further my career within the sports and leisure industry; focusing on sports coaching. Current level 2 hockey & cricket coach with an experience of working within nationally acclaimed clubs within the Midlands and the North. All documentation is also in place (First Aid, DBS, Safeguarding and Public Liability Insurance).
I am an experienced PE teacher (Head of Rugby & Tennis) with a good all round knowledge and practical teaching experience of a wide range of sports such Rugby 1stXV, Cricket 13A, Tennis U12-U18, Hockey U15-18, Football 15A, Swimming and Athletics. My school also uses FMS. Outside of school I coach Middlesex U15 & U16 and previously coached with Hampstead RFC. Academic teaching is a passion of mine and I have taught Edexcel GCSE and A Level PE as well as Edexcel EPQ at UCS. I mark papers for AQA GCE PE and moderate the NEA A Level PE for OCR. These additional job responsibilities require me to work under pressure and I my level 3 apprenticeship in leadership and management has supported me.Through my experiences of teaching examination PE, I have successfully supported a broad range of students with diverse needs through challenging learning journeys. Within my department I am in charge of coordinating the school sports day and the Summer term 11+ and 16+ induction days. I also lead the year 12 Sports Science Enrichment programme. More recently I devised and launched a brand new whole school internal games programme ‘The UCS Games’ which targeted inclusion at a whole school level. The UCS Games was designed to promote the schools four values of relationships, resourcefulness, resilience and responsibility. I have been a form tutor in all key stages and I find the role to be one of the most fulfilling parts of the job. I have written successful Oxbridge and US references and I am currently the UCS Higher Education advisor for sports courses, careers and US/UK sport scholarships. I promote sportsmanship, teamwork and positive wellbeing and encourage my students to be self-aware individuals and foster the same values. I am seeking opportunities to coach rugby, cricket, tennis, hockey or football. Additionally, academic PE and athletic development coaching.
Head of Academic PE, Teacher of PE, Head of Rugby, Head of Boys' Games.
An accomplished professional with extensive experience and finely honed abilities in sport, education, and management, I possess a breadth of experience, knowledge and talents that will allow me to contribute toward the success of sports programmes.
As a successful sport- and businessperson, it’s been my privilege to have developed and implemented strategies where sports and physical activity have been central to the development of student-athletes.
Throughout my career, I have relied on supporting people and teams to achieve organisational objectives. Furthermore, my immersive and passionate nature, and commitment to people development, position me to make a significant contribution to institutions that I am engaged with.
The following demonstrate my qualification:
Helped establish the Balderstone Sports Institute and managed many initiatives that have resulted in organisational growth. BSI is a high-performance sports institute that focuses on whole-person development.
A leader who thinks strategically and manage implementation, as evidenced in many of my previous roles.
My experience, as a critical thinker with problem-solving ability who works collaboratively with colleagues, has been an important skill in the provision of the multi-faceted requirements of high-performance sport and education provision.
In addition to my significant sport and education management experience, I have played and coached sports to a high level and standard.
My proven dedication to organisational success through my expert knowledge of sport and education, and people development will contribute immensely to the success of school sport programmes.