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New staff join WCT

Ben Davies-Thompson and Rachel Smith have recently joined the Wolves Community Trust team as Activators for the Black Country in Motion (BCiM) project. With the aim of increasing opportunities for local communities, this project engages and trains local people, clubs and organisations to provide sustainable options for physical activity.

Sam Flatley is the new Kicks Officer. The Award winning Wolves Kicks programme began in 2010 and continues to play a significant role in the lives of young people across in the city by offering regular football session, alternative sports and educational workshops in partnership with West Midlands Police and Wolverhampton Homes.

Ben, Rachel and Sam tell us more about themselves below:

Ben

I have been involved in youth sports development for the last 10 years, primarily working within College \ FE sport. Working for WCT represents a very exciting opportunity for me, as an organisation they have a high profile in the community and offer a number of other programmes across Wolverhampton and the surrounding area.

This role as Activator marks a return to community sports development for me, with my last role being with a charity in Lincolnshire, before moving abroad for 5 years of new opportunities in Canada and Italy.

My new role involves establishing new and developing existing opportunities to increase engagement with local communities and I'm really excited to make an impact in the areas we cover, and ensure local stakeholders provide support to affect genuine change in their communities.

Rachel

I'm a fun loving sportswoman originally from Buxton in Derbyshire (where the water comes from!). I graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014 after studying Sport and Exercise Science. I then went on to work for a company which travelled the country going into schools running interactive medical and sports science workshops with children and adults of all ages with some cool kit! I applied for this job as I've always loved and been involved in sport and would love to be able to encourage others to get involved and reap the benefits it can give.

Because of this, the fact that the role works not only with Sport England but also a very well-known and popular football club, also attracted me. I'm excited to work for the trust as I think it does a great job across the different areas that it encompasses and working with a range of people whilst doing so. Also not many people get to work in a football stadium! My role involves trying to get inactive people to engage in 30 minutes of exercise a week through community led activity sessions. We upskill local volunteers to deliver the sessions by funding them through coaching qualifications and supporting them to deliver the activities.

I'm looking forward to being able to make a difference to people's lives by getting them engaged in activity and helping them to gain the different benefits that it offers.

For more information on Black Country in Motion contact the Activators:

Ben - benthompson@blackcountryinmotion.org.uk or call 07833 051048

Rachel - rachelsmith@blackcountryinmotion.org.uk or call 07532 411166

Website: www.blackcountryinmotion.co.uk

Sam

My first role after graduating from university with a BSc degree in Sports Studies was a lead sports coach for the Devon County Sports Partnership Team. Alongside this role, I played Rugby for Barnstaple Rugby Football Club. My role for the County Partnership was to plan, organise and deliver curricular and extra - curricular sport/physical activity sessions. On leaving the Devon County Sports Partnership, I then joined a charity called Community Action South West where I started in a role as a lead inclusion coach/ family worker for the charity, delivering alternative provision for young people with special educational needs as well as planning and delivering family intervention plans for the most at risk. I worked for the charity for 4 years, in this time taking on the role of Inclusion Co-ordinator for a very successful Inclusion project funded by the Police Crime Commissioner. After my time with Community Action South West, I joined Oxford City Council in a Youth Ambition Activator role, co-ordinating and delivering sport sessions to young people who were inactive and hard to reach. Other roles before I joined the trust were a self-employed Football Coach and Health Mentor.

I am looking forward to the challenges that come with managing such a successful project but also how I can have my own impact on the project and the young people of the areas of Wolverhampton the project delivers. Having the responsibility of maintaining the projects successes but adding of new ones excites me and I look forward to achieving this during my time at the Trust.

For more information on the Kicks project contact:

Sam - samflatley@wolvescommunitytrust.org.uk or call 07779 997778

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