Head of Sport at Leeds City College and coaching extraordinaire, Danny Wild, tells us about his background and what he enjoys most about teaching.
Tell us about your background
“I first got into sport at high school and was influenced by my PE teacher, Stuart Lancaster, who became an England Rugby Union Coach. He was a great teacher and gave me lots of sporting opportunities and games. Interestingly, I now coach his son, Dan Lancaster!
“After college, I went to Manchester Metropolitan University to study sport and geography. This is when I realised I could get a job in rugby. I got involved in many sporting opportunities during university, including six months in Athens as part of an exchange programme. After graduation, I lived in Italy to teach children how to play rugby. It was challenging as I didn’t speak any Italian and the kids didn’t speak English. Luckily, I managed to pick up the language the conventional way, by listening and learning!
“I also coached rugby in Sweden, before coming back to the UK and becoming a Rugby Development Officer in Leeds and Wakefield.”
How did you get into teaching?
“I have always had an interest in teaching and learning, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to join the world of education. I have been at Leeds City College for 10 years now. I started as a Lecturer in Sport, followed by Learning Leader, Curriculum Area Manager for Sport at Keighley and I’m now the Head of Sport.
“Leeds City College is a great place to work and the diversity of students makes every day interesting. I enjoy seeing the students develop and progress in something that they are truly passionate about. It’s very rewarding.”
What do you do outside of work?
“I’m the head coach of the Yorkshire Carnegie Elite Development Group (which includes the top 50 under 16 Rugby Union players in the country) and involves speaking with parents and schools. I also regularly deliver coaching CPD as well as coaching both my sons’ under six team, which I really enjoy.”