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Introduction

British International School, Phuket is committed to excellence and participation in sport and extracurricular activities. With a firm belief in the positive benefits of participation in sport and activities towards the overall wellbeing of students and adherence to a balanced lifestyle embedded in the core values of the school, the school has fostered a culture of voluntary and enthusiastic participation in sport and activities throughout its community.

High-Performance Academies

British International School, Phuket features a High-Performance Academy structure to enable students to fulfil the height of their potential. Academy students receive coaching in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport at the elite level.

Successes to date include the Nick Faldo series win in golf, gold medals in youth world swimming championships and professional football contracts for students with such clubs as Benfica and Bayern Munich.

Academies

The Sports and Athletic Department promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition to i) develop skills and the character strengths of discipline, integrity, leadership, and social responsibility; ii) assure equitable opportunity for all student-athletes; and iii) make the athletic program a sustainable and notable feature of the school.

Through the Academy Programme we enable the student-athlete to realise his/her full potential and prepare for lifelong success within a safe and supportive athletic structure.

An Academy offers all layers of experience and opportunity for students according to the Sports Development Model below.

BISP Sports Development Model

Students receive Physical Education in each year of their schooling until Year 12. They learn physical literacy skills, and gain the knowledge and understanding associated with a sequenced and developmental programme of sport and physical exercise.

Students can choose to pursue an Academy Sport through the Activity Programme at a ‘Foundation/Fundamental’ level. These activities consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding and/or facilitate recreational participation and enjoyment. In addition to the Academy sports on offer at this level, the Activity Programme also includes a diverse range of sports and athletic activities such as Badminton, Touch Rugby, Cricket, Ultimate Frisbee, Rounders, Floor Hockey and Dance.

Students can further extend their performance, experience and interest in an Academy Sport by engaging in a specialist programme of coaching at ‘Performance’ level, which on merit can lead to School representation.

Further levels of specialist provision are offered at ‘Performance’ level and for those students who reach outstanding standards of performance at ‘High Performance’ level. At this tier students are known, by definition, as ‘high performance athletes’.

Sport for all

The opportunity for High-Performance coaching and attainment at the school feeds participation, acting as a source of inspiration and mentorship. High-performance athletes mentor younger students at the school in activities such as the under 7 football programme, swimming, golf and tennis.

The sporting pathways leading to our Academies create a culture of aspiration and inspiration. There is an understanding amongst our student body of what it takes to get to the level and we support that aspiration.

Opportunities

The school offers the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels, and students benefit from the tropical island location in the range of outdoor activities, both land and water-based, this brings.

Students also participate in holiday-time school camps, which often run alongside sport boot-camps for parents and staff, fostering an inclusive culture of sport across the school.

Testimonials

"The coaches are very dedicated and they sacrifice lots of time for you and they simplify the game by giving you tactical knowledge and helping you constantly improve."

Celine Chuang

About the coaches

"The great thing about being coached by Cruzeiro coaches at such a young age is that you get professional coaching from someone that has been in the professional environment, which is really important."

Nicolai Skoglund

About the coaches

"It is a great next step, it helps you improve your skills to another level, it helped me improve so much in just a 2-year span and the environment there is very friendly, very competitive, very nice and they're very dedicated coaches, so it's a good step forwards."

Celine Chuang

About The Cruziero Academy

"My time at BISP has led to me being a player here in Portugal playing for sporting and just growing as a person, becoming the person I am today and being able to take on challenges in everyday life, in football and in everything else, so BISP has had such a huge influence on me not just as a football player, but as a person as well."

Nicolai Skoglund

About BISP

"I'm a high-performance golfer at BISP. I really enjoy practising in the BISP Golf Centre because the school has created bunkers, approach shots, putting greens, and a driving range which is all we need for training golf and this is the only school in Phuket that has a golf academy."

IT

Year 9

"I am really thankful that BISP gave me the chance to study here and for having an amazing area with good conditions for me to train golf with a high-performance coach too."

IT

Year 9

"Being a member of the BISP high-performance golf team has helped me greatly enhance my skills and mental well-being, allowing me to achieve my full potential."

MInt

BISP Student

Facilities

BISP offers a multi-purpose, outdoor space on its 44-acre campus, optimised for wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Our easily accessed facilities include 50m and 25m swimming pools full size football pitches, a trapeze and aerial arts space, and a golf course. Indoor and outdoor facilities mean students can train all year round.

Partnerships with local providers extend the extracurricular offering further, with nearby horse riding stables, climbing centres and world-class, 18 hole golf courses.

Professional sports coaches

The school employs professional sports coaches from around the world in five Academy sports – golf, tennis, football, swimming and gymnastics.

Students receive quality learning of the highest level. The coaching and physical education team includes top level physios and strength and conditioning coaches, with coaches who teach at many different levels and abilities – from under 5 all the way to elite. This supportive, consistent team helps students to develop faster, learn fundamentals and skills more readily and adopt best practice.

Ultimately, the quality and expertise of the sports coaches and teachers at BISP creates a culture of enthusiasm and joy in sport.

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High Performance Head Coach

Colin Braund

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Coach

Benjarat Suttithanon

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Coach

Terianne Brown

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Learn to Swim Coordinator

Luke

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Coach

Grace

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Aquatics Director

Charlie Pike

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Football Coach

Raphael Sousa

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Strength and conditioning coach

Brian Ross

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Football Coach

Marcos Junior

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Football Coach

Victor Alberice

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Football Coach

Andre Velloso

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Director of Football

Jonathas Candido

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Tennis Director

Gill Lemore

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Head of Performance

Miguel Cicenia Núñez

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RPT Professional, ITF Level 1, AITA Level 3

Rachna Sharma

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ITF Certified

Nungnadda Wannasuk (Jibby)

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ITF Level 2, RPT Professional

Sukhbir Singh Gill

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RPT Professional

Sutouch Rattanaphan (Touch)

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Director, Senior Aerial/Trapeze Instructor, Expert Rigger, Events Manager

Adam Lambert

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Director, Operations Manager, Sales & Marketing, CFO

Ben Martin

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Aerial Arts and Flying Trapeze Academy Manager, Senior Aerial and Flying Trapeze Instructor, Choreographer

Samantha Lambert (Sam)

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Gymnastics Academy Manager

Zsolt Magyari

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Flying Trapeze & Aerial Instructor

Kessuree Srisroy (Kess)

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Gymnastic & Flying Trapeze Instructor

Kerry Truman

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High Performance Head Coach

Colin Braund

Australian Coaches and Teachers Association Performance Coach

Queensland Academy of Sport target Squad Coach 2011-2015

Coach to 2011 World Championship silver medallist

Australian team coach London 2012 Olympic Games

Australian Team Coach World University Games 2013

Australian Team Coach Fina Asian World Cup 2014

Coach

Benjarat Suttithanon

Nationality: Thai

Education: Graduated university Institute of Physical Education Bangkok Campus, 2015  Faculty of Education, Major of Physical Education.

Started working at British International School in 2016 working with early years swim and working in the afternoon’s with the Learn to swim program.

Coach

Terianne Brown

Current job title: Introduction into competitive swimming, Blue squad

Hometown: East London, South Africa

Professional Goal: Developing a love for swimming for all age groups, and creating a hunger to be the best person they can be, in and out of the water.

Hobbies: Swimming, cycling, beach and living an active life.

Skills and expertise: 12 years swim coaching experience ranging from Learn-to-swim to competitive swimming, as well as masters swimming.

Learn to Swim Coordinator

Luke

Coach Luke hails from the seaside county of Cornwall, UK, where he has been a sports enthusiast all of his life! He took part in multiple sports as a youngster, before focusing on his main love of swimming and surf life-saving in his Secondary school years. He competed for numerous years at the regional and national level and was a member of European surf life-saving champions Portreath for almost a decade.

When his competitive swimming career ended he went straight into swim teaching and his speciality of ‘Learn to Swim’, where he worked for 7 years in the UK before moving to BISP in 2013. In this time he has taught thousands of children how to be safe in the water, guided them to develop a love of the water and set them up for a lifelong passion for sport.

Coach Luke studied Sport, Health & Fitness at the University of Plymouth, as well as being on the medical teams at the London 2012 Olympic Games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a keen traveller, with the aim of every holiday being spent in a different country, and is also a big fan of football and regularly visits his local team, Plymouth Argyle, when back in the UK.

Coach

Grace

Education: National University of Singapore (NUS), Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)

Qualification: Australian Swimming Coaching and Teaching Association (ASCTA) Course Presenter, Swim Australian Teacher (SAT), Babies and Toddlers, Learner’s with Disability, Competitive Strokes, Singapore Life Saving Society (SLSS) Bronze Medallion, ILS International Pool Lifeguard certified

Experience: 12 years of coaching experience (8 years Learn-to-swim and 4 years competitive strokes)

Grace has a rich experience in Learn to swim which enables her to efficiently transform a swimmer’s stroke techniques for competitive swimming when the swimmer is ready.

She believes in a strong foundation built on proper stroke techniques, achieving efficiency in the water and having fun is the key in Age-group competitive swimming; and maintaining longevity and passion for competitive swimming.

Over the years, many of her swimmers have progressed from Learn to swim, to age group competitive to High-performance swimming.

Aquatics Director

Charlie Pike

Coach Charlie comes from the USA and has over 25 years of head coaching experience.

After a successful swimming career receiving both high school all-American-Honors and 3 collegiate all-American-Honors, he turned his passion for swimming into a coaching career.

Charlie’s coaching experience covers every level of swimming from age group to collegiate swimming. As a USA swim club coach he has had several top10 nationally ranked swimmers, Jr. & Sr. national participants and 6 Olympic trial qualifiers. In 2010 Charlie received the USA swimming age group coach of the year award.

While coaching at Bakersfield College over 30 swimmers obtained All-America status and had over 36 school records broken. In 2012, he was awarded Western State Conference coach of the year honours.

His coaching tenure at Thanyapura sports was also very fruitful with their swimmers breaking over 100 national records for their respective countries, and several swimmers representing their countries in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

His current role as Aquatic Director at British international school Phuket has seen the program take a turn towards becoming one of the premier swim programs in South east Asia

Charlie’s coaching philosophy emphasizes proper technique and being as efficient as possible in the water. Charlie has been able to build programs in a fun creative atmosphere. Sharing his knowledge and passion for swimming with athletes is what he enjoys doing.

Football Coach

Raphael Sousa

Coaching License (s):

ATFA “C and B – Argentine Football Association
ATFA “A” – Argentine Football Association – currently taking

Educational background:

Master degree in Sports Science – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)
Bachelor in Physical Education – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Coaching experience:

América FC: Head coach Professional Woman’s team
Assistant coach Professional Woman’s team
Democrata SL/PROESP: Assistant coach U17
Santo Agostinho School: Assistant coach futsal U11 and U13
BISP Cruzeiro (since 2018)

Strength and conditioning coach

Brian Ross

Coaching experience

3 years personal trainer/s&c coach at BISP
2 years BISP Cruzeiro s&c coach/football coach

Education background

ACE (American Council of Exercise) level 5 personal trainer (America)
ACE TRX certified
NSCA certified
KINE injury prevention (Argentina)

Brian works closely with our physio, nurse and injured athletes to create personalised rehabilitation programs for them during their recovery process. He also leads on our injury prevention and specialised strength programs.

Football Coach

Marcos Junior

Coaching license(s) –

CBF “B” – Brazilian Confederation of Football – Currently Taking ( Brazil)
FA Level 1 – Currently Taking ( England)
FA Promaker – The FA ( England)

Professional Football Player Experience:

Marcos Júnior has played for some professional clubs in Brazil, Thailand and The Netherlands. He used to play as Defender Midfielder ( CDM) and Defender (CD).

Coaching Experience:

AFA( Ascot International School) – Bangkok
PK FC ( Arsenal) – Bangkok
BSL – Bangkok
Samui United Academy – Koh Samui
BISP Cruzeiro ( Since 2020) – Phuket

Education Background

B.B.A ( Currently Taking)

Football Coach

Victor Alberice

Coaching License (s):

ATFA “C and B – Argentine Football Association
ATFA “A” – Argentine Football Association – currently taking

Coaching experience:

América FC: Head coach Professional Woman’s team
Assistant coach U17 (men’s team)
Democrata SL/PROESP: Head coach U14 and 15
BISP Cruzeiro (since 2018)

Educational background:

Bachelor in Physical Education – UFMG (Federal University of Minas Gerais)

Football Coach

Andre Velloso

Coaching License (s) – AFA “B” Argentine Football Association🇦🇷

AFA “A” – Argentine Football Association currently taking 🇦🇷
Performance Analyst – AFA Argentine Football Association currently taking🇦🇷

Football player experience

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (RJ)
Clube de Regatas Vasco da Gama (RJ)
Botafogo Futebol de Regatas (RJ)
Fluminense Football Club (RJ)

Coaching experience

Next Academy (Football and GK Coach)
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (Scout)
BISP Cruzeiro (Football and GK Coach)
Goalkeeper Academy (GK Coach)

Educational Background

Graduation Physical Education UniGama currently taking (Rio de Janeiro)

Director of Football

Jonathas Candido

Educational Background

Graduated in Physical Education – UNIBH – Belo Horizonte

Coaching License(s)

AFC “C” – Asian Football Confederation
AFC “B” – Asian Football Confederation – currently taking
CBF “B” – Brazilian Confederation of Football – currently taking

Coaching Experience:

15 years of professional experience in football, fitness coach, scout, assistant coach, head coach and manager.

Tennis Director

Gill Lemore

US PTR Professional, LTA Level 4, GPTCA B Global Professional Tennis Coach Association, USPTR Professional

Gill oversees all tennis activities and operations including coaching, social and competitive opportunities for players. He has 25 years of experience and sees Tennis as a “language of its own”. His aim is to develop players “Technical and Tactical ability and teach them what is required on and off the court. He finally believes that although you have to work hard to improve, it can still be fun.

“The glory is not winning here or winning there. The glory is enjoying practising, enjoy every day, enjoying working hard, trying to be a better player than before.”

Head of Performance

Miguel Cicenia Núñez

RPT Level 4, GPTCA A, LTA Level 3

As head of performance, Miguel closely monitors core aspects of the high-performance programme, such as training and competition activity backed by quality/detailed attention for every player within a tailor-made structured schedule to cover all group and individual needs. Athlete support, development of team culture and the daily training environment to ensure that key objectives are being met for the desired impact: building great competitors and excellent human beings.

“I believe the word consistency is the key to life. If you’re consistent with good habits and keep working day by day, little by little, in the long run, you will be successful. Life is a marathon; it’s not a sprint. It’s a matter of being consistent in everything you do that will allow you to achieve your ultimate goals. Consistency is a stronger word than talent.”

RPT Professional, ITF Level 1, AITA Level 3

Rachna Sharma

RPT Professional, ITF Level 1, AITA Level 3 Certified Masters in Psychology and Diploma in Sports Management

My belief is to nurture, develop and inspire young kids to be future players and responsible people by offering a friendly and welcoming environment with an element of fun to the tennis community. I enjoy teaching from grassroots participation to the HP program.

“Help the players to be the best that they can be.”

ITF Certified

Nungnadda Wannasuk (Jibby)

Former WTA 342 ITF135

Ex Thailand national team and turned tennis coach with 6 years of experience. Jibby has experiences with all levels; she can guide you with her experience and her knowledge to achieve your goal.

“A good coach can change a game, a great coach can change a life.”

ITF Level 2, RPT Professional

Sukhbir Singh Gill

Diploma in Sports Science

His experience and certification helps in psychology, biomechanics and training methodology. I am a passionate & experienced coach who believes that any ability player can improve. I work with all level players, have the patience required to work with beginners & the experience to work with performance players.

“To inspire more people to take up sports for their life.”

RPT Professional

Sutouch Rattanaphan (Touch)

ITF Senior Player

I worked for a hotel tennis club in Phuket for 25 years. I have performance qualifications and am here to help players to improve their skill level through technical, tactical, physical and psychological performance factors in a fun environment. I can develop players of all ages into skilful and smart tennis players. I can help them reach their optimal level & improve their technical ability with the help of match play and social play.

“Work hard, train hard, improve and enjoy tennis”

Director, Senior Aerial/Trapeze Instructor, Expert Rigger, Events Manager

Adam Lambert

With over 19 years in the industry, as a professional flying trapeze artist, an accomplished aerial performer and teacher, Adam has worked and performed all over the world.

In 2011, he and Ben sat down and planned out fulfilling their dream of opening their very own Aerial Arts company. Thus MACA was born in Phuket, Thailand.

Adam now spends most of his time, designing and making specialised circus equipment and flying trapeze rigs while still finding occasional time to get up and fly!

Director, Operations Manager, Sales & Marketing, CFO

Ben Martin

Ben’s love affair with Flying Trapeze & the Aerial Arts came when he started working as an instructor in Bali Indonesia in 2003. Since then he worked around the world with various resort rigs, before finally being promoted to managing the resorts themselves. After leaving the resort life in 2010 he worked together with Adam to fulfil their dream of having their own Trapeze & Aerial Arts Company.

In 2011 MACA was born. Ben now spends most of his time working on the development of the MACA brand and it’s partnerships around Asia, while also occasionally finding the time to get down for some teaching or catching himself.

Aerial Arts and Flying Trapeze Academy Manager, Senior Aerial and Flying Trapeze Instructor, Choreographer

Samantha Lambert (Sam)

Samantha’s love for the stage began at the age of 6 and she has been performing and competing ever since. Born in Australia and raised in Singapore, Sam started out as a dancer and performed worldwide before she fell in love with artistic pole. She taught in Singapore at Bobbi’s Pole for 4 years before she moved to China, venturing into the world of circus.

Now, she is a dancer, aerialist and most importantly she enjoys choreographing and combining all the various forms of art that she has dabbled in. For the past 5 years, Sam has settled in Phuket and has been the senior aerial instructor at Mid-Air Circus Arts, managing both the aerial arts and flying trapeze academies.

Gymnastics Academy Manager

Zsolt Magyari

Zsolt is a multiple-time Team and Individual Hungarian Men’s National Gymnastics champion, also representing Hungary in the European Championship. He is a certified Women’s artistic gymnastics coach on top of this with many years of experience in club coaching.

More recently Zsolt’s career has had him performing as an elite professional acrobatic artist and circus performer all over the world. He received the highest award at the world-famous Monte Carlo Circus Festival as part of a Horse Acrobatic Act and for the past 6 years was performing as part of Franco Dragone’s world-renowned “House of Dancing Water” in Macao, culminating with him playing the coveted Lead Role this year.

Flying Trapeze & Aerial Instructor

Kessuree Srisroy (Kess)

Kessuree (Kess) started training in Thai Folk Dance at the tender age of three. She performed with various schools and competed in regional competitions throughout Thailand.

She began training in Pole Fitness, became a fitness instructor as well as competed in various pole competitions, such as SA National Pole Sports Competition (NPSC), Miss Pole Dance SA and Pole Theatre SA to name a few.

In 2014, Kess joined the Art of Synergy Circus School in South Africa, where she honed her skills in aerial performing and instructing and has since become a full-time professional circus performer.

Kess joined the Mid-Air Circus Arts family in 2018 and has since widened her aerial repertoire and continues to grow as a performer and instructor.

Gymnastic & Flying Trapeze Instructor

Kerry Truman

Kerry’s journey began at the age of eight years old in competitive trampoline.
By the age of 15, he was a qualified gymnastics and trampoline coach, with a New Zealand National Trampoline title under his belt. Discovering circus at 15, Kerry left high school to pursue a full-time course in Circus Arts and received his Diploma at 17.

After a year of studying theatre, Kerry was invited to tour Australia with a traditional circus. Spending the year travelling the country, performing in a circus tent and living in an old caravan, he was ready to expand his horizons. He began work around Asia as a Flying Trapeze instructor and circus performer.

After five years of working abroad, Kerry moved home to New Zealand to try and live a normal life but quickly jumped on a plane and joined the MACA team.

Tournaments, Competitions and Events

The majority of our students take part in extracurricular activities each week. Within our wellbeing programme, we encourage students to take part in sport and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

BISP hosts numerous tournaments throughout the year, ranging from the international Soccer 7s event, the largest school football tournament in the world, to the inter-school colour teams tournament as part of the school’s wellbeing programme. Further tournaments include swim meets and the Breakers Cup Basketball event, all of which encourage excellence and participation.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in external competitions and events, experiencing competitive gameplay, building camaraderie and gaining independence. Trips have included competitions in Portugal, Brazil, Malaysia, Singapore and Bangkok.