Get Active are proud to have a diverse and professional work force. Currently employing over 70 members of staff ranging from gymnastic coaches to rugby coaches and fully qualified teachers to play workers you can be sure your child will be safe and having the time of their lives.
Since an early age, I have always loved sports. Having represented my county at football, rugby and cricket I like to think I have played a few sports to a good standard. Whilst completing my A-Levels I worked for Southampton Football Club Development Centre and Community Programme.
At 18 I went to Manchester University to study Sport and Exercise receiving a BSc First Class Honours. After University I started collecting as many coaching qualifications as possible including football, fencing, gymnastics, tag rugby, kwik cricket, basketball, tennis and hockey. I quickly noticed a gap in the market for high-quality Physical Education at Primary Schools and reliable childcare for parents during the school holidays.
Having approached a few local primary schools I quickly learnt the need for sports clubs at schools was at a premium, within 3 months I was running around 10 clubs with over 150 children attending every week. More importantly, I saw the joy in the children’s faces and the progression they quickly made from my teaching. As Get Active has expanded I have moved away from all coaching and focused on expanding the products we offer as well as building the business. I am proud to say I am a Director of a young enterprising business with a fantastic team.
Whether I was playing it, watching it or talking about it; sports have always been something that I’ve loved – even from an early age. In particular, football and swimming were two activities that I took an instant liking too, but it was football that I decided to pursue.
As a keen football enthusiast, I found myself representing my local borough in regional leagues as well as playing for a variety of different teams across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. But my love of the game went beyond just playing it and I began to develop my knowledge of the game through the Football Education Development Opportunity (FEDO) scheme at East Berkshire College, which has strong links to Hayes FC. Whilst completing my BTEC National Diploma in Sports Science, I worked for a selection of Sports Centres, Community Programmes and Football Clubs across Berkshire including Reading and Crystal Palace at Elite Centres.
After which, I went on to study Business Management and Football Studies at Bucks New University where I received a Second-Class Honours. During my final year of university, I started ‘Sports Idol’ – my first sports coaching company. I wanted to create a business that allowed children to develop their passion for a variety of sports; especially sports that weren’t easily accessible to them. We worked closely with 20 schools within Slough to deliver 75 clubs that developed children’s sporting talents and abilities.
The company quickly became a force within the area and a rebrand to ‘Get Active’ has seen the company take on new heights by providing affordable childcare across Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. As the company has grown, so has my role from a Sports Coach to training new staff, brand development, business development, recruitment and keeping the company competitive in all aspects. I’m delighted with all of Get Active’s achievements and know that it could not have been done without a great team behind me.
From an early age I have always had an interest and passion for sports. An early interest developed when helping my younger brothers and friends in football.
When I am able to pass on any knowledge I have gained and a player shows improvement it highlights the main reason I started coaching.I am a qualified teacher currently teaching at a primary school.
My coaching pathway started as a coach at Wycombe Wanderers FC, from here I developed a taste to further my coaching and education experience.
I moved to New Jersey, USA where I progressed through a soccer coaching academy and eventually oversaw the New York office for the multi sports and soccer programmes. I returned to the UK to undertake a degree in Applied Sports Science whilst helping to setup Get Active Sports.
I have worked with Get Active since 2012, I used to play for Reading Academy from the age of 8 until I was 18 where I started working with children and helping them learn many various sporting skills.
I started off as a part-time Coach and progressed my way up to Operations Manager as well as looking after Extra Curriculum Activities.
I pride myself in creating the best environment possible where children can learn new skills as well as enjoying their time throughout their sporting journeys.
I joined the Get Active Sports family in August 2019 and felt like I was welcomed into a very hard working and caring team. Each one of us is a team player and we are all positive, dedicated people who love our jobs and enjoy seeing the difference our provisions make to the lives of many children and parents.
As Office Manager, most of my role includes taking care of my account schools and making sure they have everything they need, as well as assisting with financial aspects of the business. Based in our Head Office, I’m always around to speak to should parents/guardians have any enquiries or need any support.
Get Active is a reliable and dedicated provision and we all believe in putting 110% effort into everything we do. Keep an eye on all of our social media pages to see what we’re up to!
Active Care & Holiday Camp Co Ordinator
I first started working for Get Active part time in 2013 as a Sports Coach whilst studying BTEC in Sport, a football coaching course and a Level 2 fitness instructing qualification at sixth form. After this I joined the apprenticeship programme with Get Active, where I quickly gained more qualifications; including a BTEC and level 1 & 2 in PE and School Sport. I was then offered a full time role leading PPA, Afterschool clubs and supervising a holiday camp. I was also involved behind the scenes in organising resources and equipment ready for holiday camps.
In 2017, I decided to chase the sun to Turkey, working at a holiday village for 6 months each time over a 2 year period. This was an incredible adventure for me; I was able to gain new experiences and ideas along the way and lead activities for guests of all ages.
Upon my return in 2019, I was offered the role as Active Care & Holiday Camp co-ordinator and I am so glad that I accepted. My day generally consists of brainstorming crazy ideas, themes, craft activities and sports for the products we offer and then organising everything involved to make them happen. I am dedicated to ensuring I am providing the best possible activities for the children who use our clubs so they have an enjoyable time with us!
I am proud to work for Get Active; the team I work with really are incredible – we are just like a little family. We work so strongly as a team in everything we do, with a lot of support and respect for each other. Our days always consist of a lot of hard work, but also fun and laughter. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with whilst heading into my 7th year at Get Active. We really are the DREAM TEAM!
Sport and exercise has always played a huge part in my life. Having played football at local, university and semi-professional levels then competing in many Ironman Distance Triathlons has pushed me to strive for progression in all aspects of my life. At university, I completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. Following 5 years at university, I took a year out to coach sport in America to further my knowledge and experience.
Upon returning to the UK, I worked as a Spa and Fitness Manager in a 5* hotel and set up my own Personal Training business which is where I began working for Get Active on a part time basis for 3 years. In 2018, I commenced Police training to become a Police Officer; a position which I held for a year before deciding to come back to Get Active in late 2019, this time in a managerial role. My role involves primarily overseeing staff standards, ensuring that the schools we work in receive the best possible service, both in terms of the standard, the content and the way in which it is delivered, and secondly bridging the gap between operational and management staff.
Office Administrator & Sports Coach
Bea joined our team in late 2020. Her role is split between helping parents with their bookings, and in the afternoon she supervises our after school club at South Ascot Village School.
Bea creates a welcoming and vibrant zone at our club at South Ascot School, and has a wonderful nature with children. If you are wanting to amend or create a booking, or if your child attends this club you are more than likely to speak to Bea. She’ll be happy to help!
I have just joined the team at Get Active and having most recently worked in HR and recruitment and prior to that childcare, I now join the team here in speaking to new schools and facilities to see how we can best help support! After becoming a new Mum during lockdown, I’m looking forward to having lots of new conversations…. With adults!