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Edward Buck is a PE teacher at Giggleswick School in Yorkshire, having held similar positions at Christ College Brecon and Wellingborough School.


What school (s) did you go to?


I attended Easingwold School in Yorkshire until year 11. I then accepted a sports scholarship to Giggleswick School in 2009.


What’s your earliest sporting memory?


My earliest sporting memory would be having a kick around at Hovingham Primary School in the walled playground and playing for Easingwold Town Football Club.


Who were your sporting heroes growing up?


Growing up I was a football fanatic and aspired to be like the Leeds legends at the time such as Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and James Milner. My interest slowly shifted to rugby following the 2003 World Cup which saw Martin Johnson lift the World Cup. He has always been an inspiration and I was lucky enough to meet him at his son’s rugby tournament a few years ago.


What are your best sporting memories of school?


My best sporting memories have come through playing in various representative rugby teams such as the North of England Lambs and several rugby clubs. My fondest sporting memory comes from playing cricket and reaching various cup finals when attending Easingwold School. Looking back now, playing school sport week in week out with your friends is a lasting memory which has given me so many life skills.


What are your worst sporting memories of school?


My worst sporting memories are cold weather rugby and cross country. The famous cross-country course (Scarrig) at Giggleswick School still has some of my lungs scattered across the fells. Another bad memory would be losing those close games but looking back I probably learned more from those games than the ones I won.


Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?


The main influences and memorable teachers were Paul Betts, Chris Tiffany and Jonny Marwood at Easingwold School who gave me endless opportunities to represent the school and representative sides. David Muckalt is also a memorable character. He gave me an opportunity at Giggleswick which embedded the lifelong love of sport and motivation to pursue a career in it.


What sports do you play these days?


I am currently retired from competitive sport due to work commitments but I am still hopeful to put the boots on again soon. I enjoy playing all sports socially including football, golf and cricket.


In what other ways do you stay healthy?


Been a PE teacher, you tend to be on your feet all day especially at a campus as big as Giggleswick so this certainly keeps you fit. Other methods come through attending the gym regularly and spending time out in the Dales on long walks.


What is your favourite sporting memory?


My favourite sporting memory is probably watching England lift the 2003 World Cup. More recently it would be watching the England Roses beat Australia at the Commonwealth Games.  


What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?


Scoring on the 5m line and celebrating is always an embarrassing experience.


What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?


More recently, I have spent a lot of time watching a wide range of sports at grassroots level. My biggest bug bear in this sporting environment would be the pushy parents and the comments some shout on the touchline towards officials and volunteers.


When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?


I haven’t got emotional at many sporting events, but I certainly got goose bumps was watching England Roses beat Australia in the netball final at the Commonwealth Games. I also get very into the Olympics and Paralympics and watching some of the individual success stories can be very tear-jerking.


Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?


Clive Woodward, an interesting guy who has accomplished so much in a wide range of sporting teams. Tracey Neville, a northern lady who seems like she would provide some good stories. I also need some tips on my netball coaching for next year. Usain Bolt, a legend who I have always wanted to meet. He also seems like a good laugh to have at a dinner table.