Rhino Sports Academy and Rhino Kidz Club

Rhino Breakfast Club now up and running!

Rhino Sports Academy

Rhino Sports Academy is an innovative sports company whose vision is to raise the bar in coaching in local schools.  We have a team of coaches who specialise across different sports and we want to share our passion and knowledge of these sports with schools. Working with Rhino gives students the chance to experience professional coaching in a fun and engaging environment. They learn leadership skills and develop an understanding of healthy competition, as well as gaining a deeper appreciation of the rules of the game whilst learning and honing new and specific skills.

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Mr Sam Mennell - Director

“Rhino Sports Academy is a company that was born out of my love for all forms of sport, a passion for fitness, my personal experiences as a coach for over 12 years and my observations on the way that the new, younger generation is interacting with the world around them.  I strongly feel that unless we can instill a hunger for sport and healthy competition in students from a young age, that it may be lost to them forever.”

Mr Andy Cox - Coach and TA

When I finished sixth form, I applied for osteopathy at university, however, I deferred my offer as I wanted to explore the possibility of becoming a sports coach and working in schools. I started off working at after schools clubs and holiday camps before joining the Rhino team, which has led to my position at Blisworth. In addition to taking afternoon P.E. sessions and after school clubs, I am now pursuing my teaching ambitions by working as a morning T.A. across the school. This work has convinced me that I do want to become a teacher in the future.

Mr Jay Ferrier-Johnson - Coach and TA

I started working for Rhino Sports Academy in early 2021 and have enjoyed every minute!  After leaving college I was unsure what I wanted to do next, but I have always had a passion for sport and knew that working a sporting environment would be ideal for me.  When I saw the opportunity of working with Rhino, I was interested immediately.


Charlie Buckby - Coach and TA

Dan Buckland - Coach and TA

Jade Metcalfe - Coach and TA

Harry Bridle - Coach and TA

Charlie Thompson - Coach and TA

Alice Benstead - Coach and TA

Samantha Harris - Coach and TA

Shaun Bragg - Coach and TA

Training coaches to be TAs in classrooms

Blisworth Primary School and Rhino Sports Academy work in partnership to bring the role model of sports coaches to the classroom.  In partnership, we train the Rhino coaches to become teaching assistants in lessons as well as their substantive role of being sports coaches teaching Physical Education.  The impact of coaches in the classroom upon pupils has been significant and pupils tell us they are excited and look forward to the days that the coach will be back in helping them with their learning.  Coaches at our school can be found supporting individual pupils and groups in core learning in the classroom, but they also take learning beyond – basketball phonics and football maths are very much enjoyed!  All the coaches are well known to the children and this creates a unique relationship where confidence thrives.

As well as being skilled sports coaches, the team have a good standard of education so are able to support progress well.  If you are interested in having a teaching assistant sports coach, please contact Sam Mennell at Rhino.  If you want to find out more about how it works within the school setting, you are welcome to contact our headteacher, Miss Leah Jenkins.


Rhino Kidz Club

Rhino Kidz Club has been set up by Sam and our staff team to provide after school provision on Monday to Friday from 3.30pm until 6.00pm.  To book this, or find out more, please click on the link below.

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Rhino Sign Up Letter for April 2024


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