Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2010
Youth sport trust Fellow
Update August 2010
The last 6 months have been a challenging and thought provoking time for me on so many different levels. The Fellowship has taken me completely out of my comfort zone in a variety of areas, through the training opportunities provided by Clore and the personalized work that I have undertaken. My passion for ‘community cohesion’ has been strengthened through my increased contact with local ‘social sector’ organisations and I am now an ambassador for such partnerships within my county.
Since talking on the role I have been asked to sit on the Sports College CoCo (Community Cohesion) Steering Group. For my first project I focussed on establishing links with local ‘Uniform Groups’ and this has resulted in the formation of a strong alliance with my partnership District Commissioner. The new mutual understanding and support for each others work has enabled the local Scouting Group to host their annual Sports Day at the Sports College (where my office is based), with facility, equipment and coach support being provided by my School Sport Partnership. Within my Fellowship role I have presented this example of partnership working to my county colleagues and similar links have now been established for all districts.
My latest partnership development is being undertaken with Youth Service organisations within my local authority and independent charities based in my partnership schools. I also now sit on the county Quality Assurance Healthy Schools team in order to help raise awareness of what the School Sport Partnerships do in support of the award criteria, with focus on community cohesion through PE, Sport and Physical Activity.
My research area was established in my mind very early on into my Fellowship and is based on ‘The Power of Sport’. This is not only in relation to the positive impact it can have on people’s lives, but also challenging the world that I sit within in terms of how the word ‘sport’ can actually be detrimental to participation. Consultation is being undertaken with young people (5-19 year olds) and adults within my local community. The concept of how poverty, class and life’s circumstances can influence someone’s participation in sport and/or physical activity is also being looked at.
The balance of continuing fulltime work and doing justice to being a Clore Fellow is one that continues to challenge me and it has pushed me to re-evaluate how I do things. I won’t pretend it is easy but I am truly inspired by the new opportunities that have been presented to me. To this date the time for reflection and ‘thinking outside of the box’ is one that I continue to cherish and struggle to comprehend being without!
Current principal role: Senior Lecturer in Sport Policy
Current principal organisation: Southampton Solent University
Other leadership role 1: Unit Leader
Other organisation 1: Southampton Solent University
Research: The Power of Sport
Research topics: Community development; Equality; Sports; Young people;
Secondment host: Sport4Schools