99 (terms) and out for Head of Hockey Mr Mather
13th July 2018

A long-standing teacher at Rydal Penrhos is embarking on an exciting new venture this summer.

Phil Mather, who held the positions of Head of Hockey and Physical Education teacher, has decided to leave his post after an astounding 99 terms’ to start a Massage and Sports Therapy business, which will be based at the school’s New Field Pavilion.

Mr Mather has been one of Rydal Penrhos’ most influential staff members for 30 years and finished his time at the school in style, masterminding the U18 and U16 Boys’ Hockey sides to national schools’ championships to continue the exceptional recent success from the programme.

He has already accepted an offer to become the school’s official match day first aid provider, and will be officially embarking on his new venture from September.

The popular figure will continue in his role as Housemaster at Rydal Penrhos’ Hathaway boarding house, where he plays a significant role in the overall wellbeing and development of each pupil residing at the site with wife Karen.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to school life, Mr Mather received a special memento from Head Boy Alex Benfield at Rydal Penrhos’ annual Sports Awards Dinner, and is also the proud owner of a framed cap presented to him by the school’s Sporting department.

Mr Mather, said: “Thanks to Mike (Leach), Nicky (Head) and Allen (Boyd) for making work fun over the last 30 years. For your companionship both at home and abroad and occasional wise council it's been a blast. 

“September sees the rise of a new empire based at New Field. School and I are in partnership with a new service; Massage and Sport Therapy, and thank you to Headmaster Simon Smith for his assistance.”

Anyone wishing to require further information about Mr Mather’s new venture, or to make a booking email

You can also keep up to date on Mr Mather’s new Twitter account at

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