Oliver Shepherd

The best moments as a PE Teacher are always the sports fixtures and trips. My favourite memory so far as a teacher has to be winning the North West Rugby Final with my Year 10 team. It was great to see their athleticism against other schools and commitment to the school and the team. This different competitive side you see of students is so rewarding and brilliant to see. The rapport I had with these students was brilliant which was highlighted by the result we achieved. I hope to make many more moments like this at SBS.

About Me

I have fully immersed myself in the sporting and outdoor adventures on offer here in Dubai as well as travel across Asia. During my free time I love playing competitive Rugby for the UAE and in the local Premiership, coaching my own team and participating in Touch Rugby fixtures. Alongside Rugby, I have participated in Cricket and Golf as well as the outdoor adventures such as Kayaking, mountain biking and hikes.

My Experience

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Sport Development with Physical Education and Inclusion | PGCE in Physical Education

PE and sport has always been a huge part of mine and my family’s life which influenced my career path into becoming a PE Teacher. Representing the UAE National Rugby Team has been a major achievement I have accomplished since moving to the UAE. Alongside this I have also represented my home county, Lancashire, for Rugby and Cricket which cemented my focus towards a life dedicated to sport.

Graduating from Liverpool John Moores University provided me with essential knowledge in developing sport, Physical Education and inclusion to support my career choice. My journey continued onto my PGCE where I specialised in Secondary and Sixth Form Physical Education and gained vital experience in GCSE, BTEC Sport and A Level PE. My first role of teaching started in the North West of England which provided exciting opportunities in Football, Rugby, Cricket and Athletic tournaments across the region. Since moving to the UAE and Safa British School it has provided a new challenge and lots of rewards in teaching, leadership and sport across Dubai!