How it all began
School of Sport was founded in July 2016 by Ryan Harris. Due to the positive influence sport played in his life, Ryan felt the need to share his vision of creating a healthier nation through keeping children active.
His journey in sport began when he took up playing Tennis at the age of 6. He went on to play at a national standard as a junior and attended a high-performance Tennis academy in France from the age of 13. Although he harnessed ambitions to make it in the professional game, it didn’t quite work out and he went into coaching at 21 years old.
In 2017, Sophie joined Ryan, and later became his partner in the business, before they both went on to set up our sister company, School of Play.
After a few years at Leeds Metropolitan University and not knowing his career path, Ryan decided to become a qualified tennis coach and began working full-time at David Lloyd Trafford. Around this time, Ryan got in touch with his former headteacher at Davyhulme Primary School, Mr McDowell, about running an after school tennis club. After experiencing huge demand for these classes, he decided to branch out to other local schools and within 6 months was coaching tennis in 5 local primary schools.