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 new SSP Assistant after completing his two year apprenticeship where he worked alongside the partnership. James will also continue his professional development within Turnditch CofE Primary school one day 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…




RDSSP Apprentice – David Molyneux

Placed at Highfields School and Brailsford CE Primary School, David’s favourite sports include football and table tennis.

What does he enjoy most about PE? “It keeps me fit and healthy, it gets me outside, it’s social and I like the competitive side of it.” 

You can find out more about him here. 

RDSSP Apprentice – Jordan Spencer

Jordan will be working at Kirk Ireton C of E Primary school, Carsington and Hopton Primary School and Highfields. Jordan’s favourite sport to watch and play is football.

She says: “I love being physically active and being involved in a team game.” 

“I’m looking forward to getting to know my schools and hopefully working with children with special educational needs in the future.”

You can read more about Jordan by clicking here.


RDSSP Apprentice – Chelsea Elliot

Chelsea will be placed within the school Sports Partnership office two days a week along with Middleton Community Primary School, Youlgrave All Saints Primary School and Highfields Secondary School.

Chelsea says ” Hopefully I will gain more confidence in supporting and delivering lessons. I’d like to get some more experience coaching a wide range of age groups.”

RDSSP Apprentice – Libby Tabbenor

Libby will be working alongside the RDSSP one day a week to help the partnership with data collection and competition preparation. She will be placed at Highfields Secondary School for the remaining four days, helping to teach the year 7’s & 8’s PE.

She says ” The thing i’m looking forward to the most is teaching Netball and having my own team. Also developing my skills to help me coach different age groups.”