Our team

Janice Price – Partnership Development Manager

Janice PriceBased at Anthony Gell in Wirksworth, Janice coordinates the work of five School Sport Coordinators in each of the hub secondaries.  She’s constantly inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of the student young leaders whose volunteering allows the RDSSP to organise a varied calendar of sports competitions and festivals throughout the year. most likely to be overheard saying, “Aren’t young people great?”

When she’s not organising or attending competitions, you’re most likely to find her out on two wheels, indulging her love of cycling.


James Bates – RDSSP Assistant

James is our SSP Assistant, after he completed his two year sports apprenticeship he became the partnerships assistant and is now in his 5th with us. James will also continue his professional development within Turnditch CofE Primary school two days a week.

James says “It is great to continue the amazing work that we get to do at the School Sports Partnership, I am really looking forward to the upcoming year and I hope to have a positive impact on the SSP.”

Find out more about James here.

 Tessa Mitchell – Anthony Gell, WirksworthTessa Mitchell photo RDSSP

Keen tennis player, Tess has been at Anthony Gell School for over a decade, after studying a Teaching Training degree at Sheffield Hallam University and teaching across the country including in Nottingham and Rotherham.  Read more about Tessa… 

Jayne Allen – Highfields, Matlock

Jayne Allen-2Jayne has been with the RDSSP right from the outset and is passionate about the importance of sports and physical activity for students. her proudest moments include carrying the 2012 Paralympic torch and Highfields Sports Leadership Academy gaining Sports Leaders UK World status as well as the Queen’s Award for voluntary service.  Read more about Jayne…

Ruth Cook – Hope Valley College, HopeRuthCook_profile

Ruth has come full circle – she is a former Hope Valley College pupil and was inspired to go on to teach physical education by one of her PE teachers!

She was a keen cross-country runner and describes herself as horse mad. Working with partially-sighted student Will Taylor, she has revived the school’s fencing club and is deeply committed to improving access to sport for rural schools.  Read more about Ruth…