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Meet the Sports Staff: Mr Tabor

Posted on: 15 May 2019 by Weston Green School

Meet the Sports Staff: Mr Tabor

Here at Weston Green, we are very lucky to have some fantastic sports coaches. Read our Q&A with the most recent addition to the Weston Green sports team, Mr Tabor. 

What was your experience of sport at school? 
If there was a sport to be played at school, then I played it. I was fortunate to go to junior and senior schools where there was no shortage of sport on offer; everything from football and rugby to squash and fives (which is a great game!). Like most young boys, football was my favourite sport, but I was then packed off to a school that believed inflated balls had to be oval and not round.

What is your sporting history?
I played 1st XI cricket and hockey at my senior school. After that it was mainly hockey, playing for Warwick University, Antibes Hockey Club in France and then for the Old Cranleighan’s Club, captaining the 1st XI for one traumatic season. I was also a decent cross-country runner (or maybe it’s just that no one else fancied running across ploughed fields in freezing cold temperatures).

Who is your sporting hero? 
No real heroes, but a number of sportsmen and women that I admired. Seb Coe in his pomp, was poetry in motion; such a graceful runner. I love watching Roger Federer play tennis - again for his seemingly effortless and graceful style.

What is your favourite sporting memory? 
I think that would have to be a couple of year’s ago, when the Richmond U10s cricket team won the Gubby Allen trophy at Lord’s. The competition is played across all club sides in Middlesex, so the team had come through seven or eight rounds. The final was played on a perfect summer’s day in front of a large crowd of friends and family, at the home of cricket. Watching your team (and son) lift a trophy at Lord’s at such a young age was pretty cool. It’s something which they and I will look back on for many years to come.

Which sports teams do you support? 
Right now, they are struggling near the bottom of the table, but there was a time when the Seagulls soared high. Born in Brighton, I used to walk across the local park to watch Brighton and Hove Albion at the Goldstone Ground. That was before the ground was turned into a ToysR’Us megastore!

Summer holidays were typically spent with friends down at Sussex Cricket Club watching the likes of Imran Khan (now Prime Minister of Pakistan) steaming in down the hill. So I keep a close eye on how Sussex is doing. When it comes to rugby, Harlequins are just down the road and for six years my son and I spent many a frustrating afternoon watching them contrive to throw away winning positions! 

Which sports do you currently play?
I broke my knee when I was 18 playing rugby, and whilst I played competitive hockey for a few years the knee finally had enough. I got into triathlons for a while and from that discovered a love of cycling. Last September I ticked off one of most cyclist’s bucket list challenges, riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Nine days and 960 miles in the company of 800 other riders. It was an amazing experience, but not to be repeated any time soon! 

Which sports do you currently coach? 
Three days a week, I coach at Cranleigh Prep School. It’s a bit of a drive but worth it for the 300 acres of playing fields and delicious school lunches. I coach whatever sport is being played that particular term. I also run a hockey club two mornings a week at a primary school in Richmond and coach the boys’ section at Richmond Hockey Club.

I run the after-school Cricket Club at a girls school in Hammersmith and over the winter helped coached the London Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) Girls squad at Lord’s. I also coach cricket at the Hurlingham Club and do some private coaching at Richmond CC.

That fills most of my week!

What is your favourite Weston Green sporting moment or event?
This is my second term coaching at Weston Green, but the highlight so far would have to be the House Hockey Tournament. It was great to see all the different year groups coming together for a fun-filled festival of hockey.

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