Meet The Team

Jamie Edwards

Chief Executive Officer


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"

Adam Jones

Education and Learning Manager


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."

Steve Brotherwood

Operations 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"

Lee Thompson

Employability Coordinator


Background:

Lee has over 20 years experience working in a diverse range of roles in Football Coaching, Leisure Facilities and Health & Fitness. In more recent years Lee has moved into Further Education, delivering vocational qualifications, workplace training and Internal Quality Assurance.

Lee leads our Employability Education Programmes for participants who are upskilled and supported in preparation for their chosen career paths. Lee also coordinates the Kickstart Scheme for 30 newly create job roles. He supports the employees with a bespoke programme including employability skills development, wellbeing sessions, qualifications and CPD.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being involving in a diverse range of roles and responsibilities, which helps participants on the employability programmes and employees on the kickstart scheme to develop and progress everyday."

Steve Burnside

Facilities and Events Manager


Background:

Steve joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2019 after working in facility management roles in leisure centres, schools and gyms around Shrewsbury.

Steve studied a masters degree programme in Sports Strength and Conditioning at the University of Gloucestershire following his undergraduate degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences at Staffordshire University. Steve also holds various qualifications in sport including his FA Level 2, Level 3 Personal Trainer and Level 3 Sports Massage.

In January 2020 Steve combined his role of Facilities Manager with that of Events Manager, now splitting his time between both projects and focussing his efforts on raising money for the charity through challenge and fundraising events.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the impact the work of the charity has on people's lives"

Ollie Eden

Football Development Project Manager


Background:

Ollie graduated from Southampton University in 2012 with BA (Hons) Football Studies before gaining MSc in performance Coaching from the University of South Wales in 2018. During this time, he produced a meta-analysis that concentrated on the impact of team cohesion and how it affects performance in football. He gained his UEFA B in 2013 and is currently studying for his UEFA A licence. Ollie has had wide ranging experiences in football, coaching and playing in the USA, Spain and China - where he spent time working with the Chinese national squads. Ollie is currently managing football development projects for STITC, whilst also working in the clubs’ Academy.

Best Part of The Job:

"I love seeing players and teams improve, as well as sharing ideas with players and the coaches."

Jonny Hughes

Primary Education Project Manager


Background:

Jonny joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in September 2019 after running his own sports coaching company in Shropshire for 7 years. Jonny is UEFA B qualified and has worked with academies at Shrewsbury Town and Stoke City Football Club. Jonny oversees projects that fall into the Primary age category such as school provision and holiday activities.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the impact we are making to the local communities and providing a positive learning environment for young people to achieve"

Alex Jones

Education & Learning Project Lead


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!"

Sean McAlister

Football Development Co-oridinator


Background:

Played professionally for 13 years at Championship – League 2 level including promotion with Shrewsbury Town. Completed my B licence in 2014 and started coaching within the clubs academy 3 years ago which I continue to do whilst full-time with this role.

Best Part of The Job:

"Watching the kids enjoying their football and helping them develop their all round game"

Rhys Draycott

Video Producer


Background:

Rhys went to Shrewsbury college and studied creative media for 3 years, after which was travelling across the world filming many different projects for hundreds of different clients. Following this, Rhys decided to settle in a single position and joined our team. He has been incredible in his role in producing numerous high quality media for us over the years, and we hope to see him continue.

Best Part of The Job:

"Being able to give show off all of the wonderful projects we do here at Shrewsbury town in the community"

Calvin Latham

Education & Learning Project Manager (Secondary)


Background:

Calvin joined the STitC team back in 2018 as an NCS Coordinator, and has worked on over sixteen NCS programmes as well as taking part in NCS as a young person in 2012; he further went on to work in many charities working in employability and youth development, as well as completing his degree. Now the Education & Learning Project Manager, Calvin manages the National Citizen Service project, Premier League Kicks and our Alternative Provision. Calvin is also working along side his Partner School Officers to expand our base of partner schools and develop the Shrewsbury Town School concept.

Best Part of The Job:

“Managing a team that is motivated and enthusiastic about the work they do, which ultimately provides a first class service and experience for our young people.”

Tom Peevor

Partner School Officer (Secondary)


Background:

Tom has a passion for all things sport and enjoys using it to make a difference in the community. You can find him on his bike in the Shropshire hills or falling off his paddle board at the coast. After gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) he has pursued a career in developing people as a teacher, coach educator and mentor.

Best Part of The Job:

“My favourite part of the job is knowing that I have made a positive difference in a person’s development.”

Jordan Davies

Partner Schools Officer and NCS Delivery Officer (Secondary)


Background:

Jordan started off with STITC back in 2013 by completing the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, once finishing this course Jordan went and studied a Degree in Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy. After finishing University, Jordan returned to STITC and worked across a range of programmes from Health & Well-Being through to Football Development. Now Jordan is a full-time employee working in NCS, supporting on delivery and leading the local Change Makers group, and Partner Schools, where Jordan mentors and supports students through school life. A big part of Jordan’s role is to inspire and motivate young people to excel in life and have an impact in the community around them.

Best Part of The Job:

“Creating positive relationships with Young People and helping them achieve great things in their life.”

John Fletcher

Partner Schools Officer- Shrewsbury Academy / Community Coach (Secondary)


Background:

John joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in 2017 studying a 3-year Football Coaching, development, and administration Degree and graduating with a full honours degree in 2020. He has spent a lot of time working alongside some skilled coaches and developing his own knowledge of how to best engage and develop young people into passionate football players. John has experience across all projects in the community and is passionate about the impact and difference it can make on people’s lives. He enjoys mentoring and supporting young people in secondary education to achieve their goals and realise their potential.

Best Part of The Job:

“Seeing young people achieve amazing things, change their lives and enjoying themselves along the way.”

Anna Williams

NCS Coordinator (Secondary)


Background:

Anna joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in the Summer of 2018 as an NCS Wave Lead during her second year at the University of Sheffield. Anna has since progressed to the role of NCS Coordinator and has seen the delivery of over 15 programmes in Shrewsbury and Cheshire as a young person and staff member. Anna takes her passion of youth development outside of the world of work by being an adult staff member at her local Air Cadet squadron.

Best Part of The Job:

“The privilege of working with all young people across our Shropshire projects. It is fantastic to see the positive impact we are making to their lives”

Helen Evans

NCS Coordinator (Secondary)


Background:

Helen joined the NCS team at Shrewsbury Town in the Community in October 2020. Helen has worked with various providers of NCS for over 6 years and has previously worked as an outdoor activity instructor, so has a wide range of experience working with young people. As an NCS Coordinator, Helen’s main roles include running PHSE sessions and building relationships in schools across Shropshire, as well as supporting in the NCS programme management. Helen is currently working towards her Level 5 Management and Operations apprenticeship.  

Best Part of The Job:

“No day is the same. I am constantly meeting new people and supporting young people to realise their potential by helping them grow and develop in fun and exciting ways. It is amazing having a job where you feel that you’re making a difference.”

Chris Lloyd

Community Coach


Background:

Graduated Manchester metropolitan university with an honours degree in Coaching and Sport development. Working on Manchester Schools Team and coaching and Crewe Alexandra Ladies before joining Shrewsbury in 2019.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing people develop their sporting and social abilities whether that’s joining a PE session for first time or developing further in an ADC session, seeing the impact we have on children"

Sophie Challinor

Future Generations 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.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing young people achieve something amazing"

Kate Lindley

Health Activator


Background:

Kate graduated in 2011 from Northampton University with a degree in Dance and quickly moved to London to continue training and performing.

In 2012 she started her journey in the fitness industry and created a successful business teaching dance and fitness classes around the city. In 2018 Kate moved into the world of public health and turned her focus to providing exercise options for people with serious health conditions.

Specialising in fitness for older adults, Kate takes care of our Extra Time and Kick Cancer projects; but you may just catch her dancing with local school children whenever she gets chance.

Best Part of The Job:

"Connecting with so many different members of our community. I work with everyone aged from 5 to 95!"

Kim Bebbington

Health Activator


Background:

Kim graduated from University of Worcester with a Masters degree in Applied Sport Science, following her undergraduate degree there in Sport and Exercise Science. She joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community with over 10 years experience of working within the Health and Wellbeing environment. Kim holds several qualifications in health and exercise, including Level 4 in cardiac rehab, Level 4 in cancer and exercise, and Level 3 in exercise referral.

Best Part of The Job:

"Seeing the positive impact and enjoyment that physical activity can bring to everybody in the community"

Simon Tisdale

Premier league primary stars coordinator


Background:

Simon has 10 years experience working within schools in various roles such as level 3 TA and then went on to become a HLTA and a PE specialist.
Whilst in school he ran a specialist football club in collaboration with Severndale specialist school and formed a partnership to form an inclusive PE workshop.
Became a sports coach across an academy creating sports initiatives to impact whole school improvements.
Qualifications include paediatric first aid, Higher level teaching assistant status, level 5 in PE specialism, primary gymnastics, primary cricket and am currently completing FA level 2 in football.
Now a PLPS coordinator across the Shropshire core, donating and delivering premier league primary stars to many schools using the power of PE to engage pupils to achieve and succeed.

Best Part of The Job:

"Providing opportunities for children to discover and explore their interests and support them to achieve and succeed"

Harry Brown

PLPS Co-ordinator


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"

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 Bull

Inclusive Sport Officer/ Business Development Officer


Background:

Mark joined Shrewsbury Town in the Community in August 2017 as a degree student and progressed into employment in January 2019 as an Inclusive Sports Officer. Since then, Mark has further progressed into a business development officer role in the early part of 2021.

Mark achieved a first-class honour in 2020 in Community Football Coaching and Development and is currently studying a master's degree in International Sports Management. Mark also holds and is working towards various qualifications in sport including his FA Level 2, Level 3 AFPE and Level 3 leadership and management qualification.

Best Part of The Job:

"Having the opportunity to make a difference in the local community."

Reuben Dunn

Permanent Volunteer


Background:

Reuben Dunn started with us on NCS in 2017 and at the Gala Dinner that year he received an award for Participant of the Year and NCS graduate of the year.

He was also featured in a video showcasing his story which can be seen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GrGdn5RsOQ

Reuben is now working hard as a permanent volunteer at Shrewsbury Town in the Community!

Best Part of The Job:

"Being part of the team every week!"