The official charity partner of Shrewsbury Town Football Club

Meet The Team

Jamie Edwards

Head of Community


Background:

Jamie was a professional footballer for Bristol City Football Club, and played semi professionally and coached in Australia. He has been an Uefa B License coach since 2007 and founded and managed a sports coaching company from 2005 – 2007. Before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community he was Community Manager at Hereford United FC Between 2007 - 2014.

Best Part of The Job:

"Every day is different"

John Rix

Community Sports Manager


Background:

Following his Sports Studies degree, John began his coaching career at Shrewsbury Town in the Community and then worked for Wolves Community Trust for a number of years in various different community projects. At the same time he worked in a primary school as a HLTA, supporting students and delivering PE.

He then left to complete his Primary PGCE and then taught in primary schools. Recently, he rejoined Shrewsbury Town in the Community as Community Sports Manager.

John’s hobbies include watching many sports, most notably Football, Motorsports and Basketball, and playing a bit of guitar. Any other time is taken up by his two daughters!

Best Part of The Job:

"Being able to have a positive impact on the lives of young people"

Jade Hibbert

Development Manager


Background:

Jade studied Sports and Exercise Science at Wolverhampton University before gaining her PGCE, also at Wolverhampton. She joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in July 2015, after being a NQT at Telford College.

In her spare time Jade loves to play netball, rounders and volunteers as a special constable for West Mercia Police.

Best Part of The Job:

"Giving youth a future and providing opportunities to people that live in our community"

Steve Brotherwood

South Shropshire Regional Development Manager


Background:

Steve graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with an honours degree in Sports Development and Coaching and worked for Hereford United Community Trust for eight years, before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in October 2015.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being able to directly influence people's enjoyment of taking part in sporting and community activities, and seeing the difference that it can make to people from all walks of life"

Ceri Nicholls

Partnerships and Events Manager


Background:

Ceri joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community after moving back to the Shropshire area from London, where she had spent six years working within the events teams at The London Hilton on Park Lane and Arsenal Football Club.

Ceri loves to travel, and has flown all over the world visiting Australia, New Zealand, America and Singapore.

Best Part of The Job:

"Making a difference through fundraising and events"

Peter Wilson

Girls and Women’s Football Officer


Background:

Originally from Telford, Peter has worked for the Shropshire FA, Thomas Telford School and The New Saints, including managing their ladies first team in the FA Women’s Premier League.

He is an UEFA B licence coach who is currently undertaking his UEFA A licence this year at St Georges Park.

Best Part of The Job:

"Heading up the Regional Talent Club"

Jake Mullinder

Health and Inclusion Coordinator


Background:

Jake graduated from the University of South Wales with first class honours in Football Coaching, Development and Administration after progressing on from the Foundation Degree programme offered at Shrewsbury Town in the Community.

Jake has previously worked within all sectors at STITC, but had recently moved towards focusing on disability sport upon completion of his degree.

Jake's hobbies include cycling, playing bass guitar and supporting Wolverhampton Wanderers. The last of which isn't always enjoyable.

Best Part of The Job:

"Providing children with the opportunity to develop through the power of sport"

Sophie Challinor

NCS and Fundraising Coordinator


Background:

After graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Sophie was a cover teacher in the PE department of her old primary school, Bishops of Hereford Bluecoat School.

She then became an outdoor instructor, doing her training down in Cornwall. Having gained those qualifications she travelled to Greece and Tenerife, where she was a beach lifeguard and ran the water sports at the kids clubs.

She has started a family and done part time work for a while, and has now joined the Shrewsbury Town in the Community charity as the NCS coordinator and fundraiser.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve something amazing"

Alex Jones

Community Sports Officer


Background:

Alex graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a degree in Sports Development. After a number of years coaching football in the United States, he returned to he UK and started his role at Shrewsbury Town in the Community as a part time member of staff and was made full time 6 months later and hasn't looked back since. 

Alex's hobbies include Footgolf, where he represents Shropshire at county events, Swimming and going to see live music whenever he can.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve!"

Bryn McGilligan Oliver

Football Development Officer


Background:

Bryn joined the team back in May 2016 after making the move from Aberystwyth. His previous roles include working for The Welsh Football Trust as a Central Wales Performance Centre Director, Swansea City Development Coach, Sport Wales 5x60 Sports Coach and Head of Aberystwyth Ladies & Girls Development.

Bryn loves to play football, tennis, go running and surfing. One of his main hobbies is to mix Vinyl records and often tries to uplift his colleagues with his funky tunes.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being part of something positive"

Mark Jones

Marketing and Communications Officer


Background:

Mark joined the team in November 2016 with the mission to take Shrewsbury Town in the Community into the heart of Shrewsbury and South Shropshire.

He had spent the previous three years at the University of Central Lancashire, where he graduated with a degree in Sports Journalism.

Originally from Newtown in Mid Wales, Mark enjoys watching and playing a variety of sports, most notably football and rugby.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing first hand the amazing work that the team are doing within the community"

Alex Owens

Community Sports Officer


Background:

Alex graduated from the University of Gloucestershire with a sports coaching degree, and has been working in schools delivering PE over the past four years.

He has also worked with Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's side for two seasons, along with further work with West Bromwhich Albion in boys development over the last two years.

Alex started working full time with Shrewsbury Town in the Community in April this year, and was appointed Shrewsbury Ladies boss in June this year.

Alex has also gained his AFPE Level 3 (supporting the delivery of physical education and school sport) qualification, UEFA B License, FA level 2 goalkeeping and youth modules 1&2.

Alex’s hobbies include cricket with Market Drayton and ‘very’ causal rounds of golf.

Best Part of The Job:

"Rewards of seeing smiles on the children you teach"

Neil Homer

'Reading The Game' Programme Leader and Primary School Teacher


Background:

Neil has a Humanities degree and a PGCE from Birmingham University. He has over 18 years experience in education and is a keen sportsman, who also loves watching any live sport.

Best Part of The Job:

"Inspiring children to try something new and helping them become the best they can be!"

Mark Jones

Community Sports Coach (South Shropshire)


Background:

Mark recently graduated from the University of South Wales with a degree in BSc (Hons) Football Coaching, Development and Administration, which he did through Shrewsbury Town in the Community. Upon graduating, Mark was offered a full time role after impressing whilst working part time at STITC combined with his studies.

In his spare time Mark loves to play football, watch the Premier League action when he can and also enjoys keeping fit by skiing.

Best Part of The Job:

"Providing more opportunities for those in my community"

Nigel Wellings

Community Sports Coach


Background:

Nigel graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in PE and Youth sports coaching, alongside coaching within a sports centre in the local area. Having graduated, he started working for a coaching company working in Primary schools and did so for four years before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in the summer of 2016.

Nigel’s hobbies include playing football, cricket and listening and watching live music.

Best Part of The Job:

"Watching the children progress with their confidence and skills."