Our team

Chris Bethell – Active Schools Manager

Based at Anthony Gell in Wirksworth, Chris coordinates the work of the School Sport Co-ordinators in each of the hub secondaries.  The enthusiasm and commitment of the student young leaders volunteering allows the RDSSP to organise a varied calendar of sports competitions and festivals throughout the year. Email Chris on CBethell@anthonygell.co.uk

Vacant – RDSSP Assistant

Based at Anthony Gell in Wirksworth, this post supports the delivery of the RDSSP sport and wellbeign work, whilst support Sport Leaders.

Our Secondary School Sport Co-Ordinators:

 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.

Niall O’Reilly – Hope Valley College, Hope

IMG_5600Growing up kicking a football around on the outskirts of Nottinghamshire, Niall made the brave move up to South Yorkshire to study Sport Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. During university studies, he has had the privilege of coaching PE in primary schools across Sheffield and Chesterfield and coaching academy players at Sheffield United Football Club. Alongside working with a group of inspiring sports leaders at Hope Valley College, he currently runs his own football coaching business Techne Global Sports. You will most likely find Niall playing 5 a-side football or running a 5k somewhere!

Jonathan Pearson – Bakewell ClusterIMG_1992

Since graduating from Loughbrough University 20 years ago Jon has been involved in grass roots sport and education in one way or another. Inspired by coaching ‘Soccer’, as they call it in the US, to children in California, he set up Extra Time in 2004 and has coached many sports in schools across Cheshire, Greater Manchester and now Derbyshire. Jon settled in the Hope Valley in 2013 and has since helped both Hope Primary and Bakewell Juniors to establish a rewarding and varied sporting provision that has been recognised by the School Games Mark Gold award. Jon loves seeing the impact the Bakewell cluster events have on the 1000s of children that take part and thrives on continuing to improve the programme. When not on the sports field Jon loves to get out in the Peak District hills and beyond on his mountain bike.

Katherine Ewart – Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Ashbourne

Katherine Ewart is a former QEGS pupil herself and has always had a keen passion for PE and sport since school. During her teenage years she competed in many cross country events for Derbyshire. Katherine works with a large group of young leaders at QEGS to ensure all our young people stay motivated, passionate and enthused by sport and physical education. Katherine is known to be an adrenaline junkie and can often be found in the Valleys of France Skiing or even paraskiing.

Jason John – Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth

Jason is a former Athlete, who represented Great Britain in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, winning a silver medal in the 4 x 100m relay at the 1993 World Championships. He also won a Bronze medal at the Commontwealth Games 4 x 100m relay in 1994 and silver at the European Indoor Championships for 60m. After retiring from competitive sport, Jason began a carrer working in Schools.  Jason came to Anthony Gell in 2019 with a keen drive for sport and ensuring access to this for all.

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