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 in Australia. He has been a 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 before working for Wolves Community Trust for a number of years in various different community projects.

John left Wolves on completing his Primary PGCE, taking up a teachers' role in primary schools. He rejoined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in 2017 as Community Sports Manager.

Best Part of The Job:

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

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"

Andy Jones

Education Manager


Background:

Andy graduated from Worcester University with a degree in Sports Science with a Physical Education element included. He has played semi-professional football across the UK, mainly in England and Wales, and also currently holds a UEFA A Licence with coaching background at academy level.

Andy has also taught on all further and higher education pathways during his time at Shrewsbury College, who he will now be working with to lead the Shrewsbury Town BTEC course.

Best Part of The Job:

"Using my experiences to give students an idea of the real world within employment"

Sarah Hamer

NCS Manager


Background:

Sarah graduated with a Higher National Diploma in 2004 from University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, before going on to work around Australia and New Zealand as a fitness Instructor and Holistic Therapist.

Sarah worked for over 15 years within the Health and Fitness Industry, and completed Level 3 in Teaching before moving to Shrewsbury Town in the Community in 2018.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the young people grow and develop with confidence and life skills for their future."

Jay Denny

Football Development Manager


Background:

Denny was born in Santa Monica, California. He began his career as a trainee with Stoke City after being spotted playing for Cannock Schools district football team at thirteen years of age, before joining Shrewsbury Town in 2005. Jay now plays for Newtown A.F.C.

After joining Shrewsbury Town in 2018, Jay has managed the BTEC first team, and oversee's the running of the Advanced Development Centre and Regional Talent Club, Shrewsbury Town in the Community's two elite football centres.

Best Part of The Job:

"Giving participants the pathway into elite football or employment"

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.

Best Part of The Job:

"Making a difference through fundraising and events"

Laura Wellings

Business Administrator and Safeguarding Lead


Background:

Started working at Shrewsbury Town Football Club in 2008 as an accounts assistant. Laura then went on to support young people who had been through or were at risk of child sexual exploitation in 2011, before returning to Shrewsbury Town to work at Shrewsbury Town in the Community in March 2018. Her return in 2018 saw Laura take on a Business Administration role, as well as becoming the safeguarding lead for Shrewsbury Town Football Club.

Best Part of The Job:

"Meeting new people and the different personalities"

Vicky Blackburn

Finance Officer


Background:

Best Part of The Job:

Carl Jones

Media and Communications Officer


Background:

Carl studied for a degree in Digital Media at Wolverhampton University before working as a web developer with a Shropshire marketing company delivering digital projects across the UK and abroad.

With a passion for media and photography, he has worked on the digital aspect for some of Shropshire's biggest events including Shrewsbury Flower Show and the Shropshire Business Awards.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the positive impact that the charity makes across all of the projects"

Alex Jones

Primary Schools Coordinator


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 the 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. 

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve!"

Siân Jones

Womens and Girls officer


Background:

Sian has been involved football since she began playing aged 4. Her coaching career began during her time playing Llanidloes in the Women's Welsh Premier League, where Sian started volunteering for the Llanidloes grassroots girls team.

Sian completed her coaching qualifications through the Welsh FA, and landed a role as Director of the Central Wales Performance Centre for girls, before joining Shrewsbury Town Academy as a coach for the Under 9's upon completion of her UEFA B License.

Best Part of The Job:

"Offering female footballers a pathway to the elite level."

Nigel Wellings

Partner Schools Officer


Background:

Nigel graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in PE and Youth sports coaching. Having graduated, he started working for a coaching company in Primary schools before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in the summer of 2017. In September 2018, Nigel moved from his community sports coach role into a partner schools role.

Best Part of The Job:

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

Ffion Barnett

Partner Schools Officer


Background:

Ffion recently graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and has previously worked as a youth worker and with the FA of Wales where she worked on multiple events. She has volunteered in Football for many years and enjoys watching and playing the sport as well.

Best Part of The Job:

"Offering students the opportunity to excel, both academically and within sport"

Adam Jones

Primary Schools Coordinator


Background:

Adam joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2018 after working for Virtual Learning UK as an assistant curriculum leader and has experienced working within various different community projects for Hereford United in the Community and Herefordshire Football Association.

Adam graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BSc Hons in Science and Football and Cardiff University with a PGCE in Sport. Adam also holds a FA Level 3 Goalkeeping and Outfield Coaching Qualification.

Adam works within South Shropshire delivering on the Premier League Primary Stars and Advanced Development Centre as a lead coach for the U12 and goalkeeping coach.

Best Part of The Job:

"Giving young children the tools and opportunities to reach their full potential through the provision of PE and seeing so many different personalities each day."

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!"

Harry Brown

Community Coach


Background:

Harry graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in Primary Education. With a passion for sport and in particular football, Harry coached football teams from the local primary school where he was based, before joining Shrewsbury Town in the Community in 2018.

Best Part of The Job:

"Utilising the power of sport to have a positive impact on young people"

George Hillman

Community Coach


Background:

George graduated from the University of Worcester with a degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching Science, before moving into work at the West Bromwich Albion Foundation as a community coach.

George joined Shrewsbury Town in September 2017, working on a range of schools projects, alongside the ShrewsAbility and Walking Football projects.

Best Part of The Job:

"Giving children every opportunity possible to love sport."

Sophie Challinor

NCS Wave 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 Wave Coordinator.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve something amazing"

Calvin Latham

NCS Wave Coordinator


Background:

Calvin has now completed over 14 NCS programmes and has progressed from a participant of the programme in 2012 to an NCS Wave Coordinator at Shrewsbury Town in the Community. He is also currently completing a degree in Childhood & Youth development studies.

Calvin’s work in the local community, including being involved with the air cadets, scouts and local youth groups has enhanced his skills and experiences to provide nothing but the best possible NCS experience for the young people who take part.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being in a position to make a difference to young people’s lives."