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Glenn Tyreman is director of sport at Samuel Cody School in Farnborough, Hampshire.


When not teaching, the father of two sports-mad children also volunteers for the Hampshire Search and Rescue Service, looking out for vulnerable missing people day and night.


What school (s) did you go to?


I failed my 11 plus so went to Derwent Secondary Modern School. The comprehensive system started in year 8 so I did my last four years at Archbishop Holgate School in York and then York Sixth Form College


What’s your earliest sporting memory?


Watching my neighbour Paddy practice the high jump in his back garden over a washing line and landing on a mattress.


Who were your sporting heroes growing up?


Ellery Hanley, the rugby league Legend


What are your worst sporting memories of school?


Playing skins in basketball as the school had no bibs. I wasn't in great shape back then.


What are your best sporting memories of school?


Winning an inter-school downhill slalom race in Zell am Zee. I wasn't the best when I started skiing but I stuck at it and came good.


Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher? 


Mr Ian Patterson (POGO) gave me sporting chances when I wasn't that good.


What sports do you play these days?


When I’m not teaching I'm doing something active. Playing rugby league masters (over 35s), coaching rugby league, playing in goal at hockey, running Duke of Edinburgh expeditions for school or climbing some far away mountain.


In what other ways do you stay healthy?


Climbing mountains across the UK. I guess I am still a thrill seeker.


What is your favourite sporting memory? 


Leading the South of England rugby league team to victories over the North of England in 2006, 2007 and 2008. They said we would never win.


What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?


Ball boy for York Rugby on a televised challenge cup game when I was around twelve years old. I went to kick the ball and fell over. There was a huge cheer from the crowd and it aired on TV.


What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?


The lack of playing areas for new sports clubs. I run a rugby league club in Southampton and it is practically impossible now to find any land to set up a base or clubhouse from. This means we have to move around from season to season looking for a new home. We build club links with communities only to find the next year we have to play somewhere else which means all the good junior work is lost as you find yourself based in a new community.


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


I've cried at a few. But it has to be when I got selected to be a flag bearer to walk out at Wembley before a Challenge Cup rugby league game. What an amazing feeling walking out onto the turf.


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


Ellery Hanley - my inspiration for playing rugby league all my life. Linford Christie - ahead of his time in athletics and just great to watch. His gold medal in Barcelona as the oldest competitor was amazing. Also Barry Sanders, the Detroit Lions running back, who lived in Detroit back in the Nineties. This guy was a legend who retired too early as he didn't want to break Walter Payton’s running back record.