About Active York



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Professional Sports Sector Representative

Paula Stainton
Foundation Manager York City Football Club Foundation

Telephone 01904 559508 Email

Introducing our Chairperson...

“Having completed a Business Management degree at Nottingham Trent
University, I moved to York in 1997 and spent several years working in event
management and operations in the leisure industry, followed by sales and
marketing before running my own business for 8 years. I chose to look for an
alternative part time career in 2009 following family illness, and having had
some experience of sports coaching as a hobby, coupled with the community
based experience of overseeing the running of a local charity through my
role as Chairperson of the voluntary management committee, was delighted
to be given the opportunity to get involved in York City Football Club
Foundation (YCFCF).

I have been employed by York City Football Club for over 5years now and find
it a very varied and challenging job. YCFCF deliver sports coaching to people
across North Yorkshire through school and community environments, with the
aim of increasing participation in sport and with the secondary ambition of raising the profile of the Football Club and potentially increasing the supporter base.
My personal role is to manage all aspects of the community department from
marketing, finance, personnel, funding/grant application, policies and
procedures, programme development etc and overseeing the delivery
of coaching from our team of over 20 coaches (who are employed
full or part time).

I am very passionate about the role, that I personally, and the Foundation
team, play at the club and within the community, and believe it is far wider reaching than can be tangibly measured. However, we have quadrupled the
staff base and income over the last 4 years making us fully self-sufficient; we now deliver coaching in over 120 schools to over 17,000 young people each season; and we offer so much more than just sports coaching including working with
local charities, offering educational workshops and offering young apprentice schemes and a varied work placement programme. We also continue to develop new ideas, projects and partnerships each season, with the hope of continuing
to expand further and aim to continue to build our capacity following our
recent achievement of charitable status.

I hope to be able to bring my varied areas of experience to the Active York
Board, and would look forward to being involved in shaping the future of Sport
and Leisure in our area, whilst also hoping that my involvement will aid the
development of YCFCF by enabling us to identify areas where we can be
best positioned to assist delivery of the strategic aims.”



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HE/FE Sector Representative
Higher Education / Further Education

Billy Miller
Lecturer in Sport

Telephone 01904 772277 Mobile 07792 356092

Meet Billy...

Information coming soon



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Voluntary 3rd Sector Representative

Heidi Haywood
Manager Door 84 Youth Club

Telephone 01904 623177 Mobile 07875 196781

Here's a little about Heidi...

Areas of particular interest include:
Children’s Rights, Playwork, Youth Work, Community Work,
Development and Training.

“I have been involved in Play, Playwork and Youth Work within York for the last 10 years including Strategic Planning for CYC Play Policy - Taking Play Forward and Managing Voluntary Organisations. I have BA Hons Degree in Playwork and I am currently the Manager of Door 84 Youth Centre in The Groves, York.

Door 84, formally known as YBC/Young Groves, has undergone a huge renovation and development over the last 3 years. We re-opened the youth club in March 2012 and now have over 450 voluntaryregistered young people from across York attending 33 different schools or alternative learning schemes. We offer open access Play, Leisure and Youth Work opportunities for 8-17 year olds, three evenings a week and regularly go on trips and residential. We also have various community groups that use the space of all ages and abilities. Door 84 host many events involving not only the young people but the whole community to allow shared experiences and create space and opportunities which allow a sense of ownership and community spirit. For example we hosted the very first street closure for Play in York celebrating National Play Day in collaboration with 26 organisations in August 2013 and we are planning to do the same this year. This event is to celebrate play and recognise the importance of it and also encourage intergenerational work.

I have a true passion for working with children, young people and the community and aim to offer quality play and leisure opportunities for all. I love my job role and I feel extremely lucky to have been offered such an amazing opportunity.

I want to share the views and aims of Active York and get involved with the strategy planning and delivery heading into my 3rd year with Active York.”



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Local Authority Sector Representative
City of York Council

Cllr. Sonja Crisp
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture & Tourism

Telephone 01904 6599581 Mobile 07876 176931

Comments from Cllr. Crisp...

“I am Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism and have been for
xxxx years. I represent the Holgate Ward of York for the Labour Party...”



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School Sports Sector Representative

Andy Pope
Manager - The York School Sports Network

Telephone 01904 555573 Mobile 07930 693896

All about Andy...

After graduating university in 1996 with a degree in Leisure and Recreation
I have been working for the City of York Council. I started with the Action Sport
Team delivering sport and activities to targeted groups of low participates
before moving to the Barbican Centre as a Duty Manager. I became a Sports
Development Office in the Sport and Active Leisure Team in 2001 with lead
responsibility on club and coach development. In 2006 I moved to my current
role working directly with schools as the School Sport Manager for the West
of York. My primary role is to deliver the National School Games Programme
and ensure the right quality and quantity of PE and School Sport is being
delivered across primary and secondary schools.



Health Sector Representative
Health & Wellbeing

Vacant Position

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Voluntary Sector Representative

Keith Morris
York Sport Village - Head of Sport

Telephone 01904 325751 Mobile 07740 906683

Keith can...

Keith has over 25 years’ experience working within the health and fitness
industry and Higher Education Sport within Yorkshire and was appointed Head
of Sport for the University of York in 2011.He is actively involved in developing
sporting opportunities both on and off campus.

Keith represents Higher Education sport nationally as a Sport England Higher Education Stakeholder Group member and locally through Active York having previously been Yorkshire chair of British University and College sport.

His work includes developing sports facilities within the city, host sporting
events, support grass roots sport development and previously, to attract
Olympic squads to Yorkshire.

He remains committed to maximising opportunities through sport and activity
and whilst watching all sports, keeps active himself by regularly cycling, using
the gym and swimming since the arrival of his daughters. Keith has particular interest in developing and supporting young talent, which is also one of his
key roles within Active York.



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Voluntary Sector Representative

Richard Smith
Chair of NY Athletics Network

Mobile 07846 189103 Email

Richard's right to reply...

“Improved health, wellbeing and sporting opportunity should be available to
all, regardless of age and ability, with a choice of enjoyable, progressive and
achievable options. As an active golfer, cyclist, runner and skier I enjoy many
of these opportunities, but recognise that they exist thanks to the efforts of the
dedicated volunteers who make it all possible. The opportunities are there,
the options exist with qualified, friendly, local people to deliver them. The
challenge is to make people aware.

Six years ago after identifying a demand I founded Run York, specifically to help beginners get started in running. This has grown into a network of successful and friendly run groups throughout the city. Progression to longer distances is offered through our linked Sweat Equity group, targeting all key half and marathons such as Paris, London, Edinburgh and of course York. The opportunity is there to start as an absolute beginner and progress to whatever your goal may be. Groups are led by qualified coaches and leaders who are all valued volunteers, doing it
for the love of sport and helping others to achieve their goals.

Brian Hughes and I founded the R U Taking the P..? 5k run five years ago to
raise awareness and funds towards the diagnosis and treatment of Prostate
Cancer. This event goes from strength to strength and all funds raised go to
Yorkshire Cancer Research for Professor Norman Maitland’s research
work at York University.

I am delighted to be a member of Active York and have recently held roles as
Chair of the North Yorkshire Athletics Network and am a Past President of the
York Union of Golf Clubs. Part of the YSJActive team at York St John University,
I work in the management sporting facilities for students, staff and the
wider community.”



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Voluntary Sector Representative
Vice Chair

Matt Fisher
Director of Think:Act Consultancy

Mobile 07946 321680 Email

Matt would like to mention...

“My enjoyment of sport, of being physically active and my belief in the positive impact of sport on individuals and society has played a huge role throughout
my working and personal life.

I have worked in sports development for over 15 years, including in personal training, leisure management and youth sports development, before moving to York in 2000 to take up a position with the UK’s lead for sports coaching, sports coach UK. I began as regional manager for Yorkshire and Humber, delivering dozens of new projects to develop hundreds of coaches to meet the needs of
clubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities and education sector partners, before becoming Programme Manager for the national strategy, The UK Coaching Framework.

I am currently Director of Think:Act; a project management consultancy, working on projects with the charity Sports Leaders UK. I am also a facilitator as part of
the Olympic Legacy programme Sport Makers and am a volunteer mentor with the national charity ‘Sported’, providing business support and guidance to community sports organisations that work with young people.

I have a life-long love of sport including mountain biking, swimming, running
and playing football, and also surfing if conditions are right.”



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Voluntary Sector Representative
Vice Chair

Chris Chatten
Director of tackle It Solutions Ltd

Mobile 07810 552196 Email

Chris and his clubs...

Chris decided to set up his own business at the beginning of 2014 aptly
named ‘Tackle It’ Solutions in relation to his passion and desire to develop
Rugby League. The company offers support in a number of fields such as
sports development advice, project management, leisure options appraisals
and grant funding advice for sports clubs. Previous to setting up his own
business Chris was Partnership Manager at York Waterworld & Fitness
Centre and also operated the Huntington Stadium, current home of York City
Knights Rugby Club & City of York Athletic Club. Chris started his career
in the leisure industry as a causal lifeguard within the facility in 2000.

Chris is also currently assisting the Rugby Football League in a voluntary
capacity to implement the new format of under 7’s Primary Rugby League and
the development of Adult Play Touch Rugby League in the Yorkshire Region.
Chris also spends some Saturdays and Sundays refereeing local amateur
rugby league matches as part of the York & Selby Rugby League
Referee Society.



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Voluntary Sector Representative

Jo Gilliland

Mobile 07833 030833 Email


Information coming soon



Young People's Activity Officer (Sport), City of York Council

Neil Gibson

Telephone 01904 552842 Email

Meet Neil...

I have now been in my current role since September 2013. I predominantly
work at linking schools, clubs and coaches together. I lead on the Council’s
Coach ID Card system and complete DBS checks for coaches. Before this I
worked for the University of Chester for 6 years as a Sport Development
Officer and guest lecturer. I also enjoyed being a freelance sports coach,
primarily for Warrington Borough Council.

I see sport, leisure and education as being three significant factors that
contribute to young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
My passion for sport and learning developed through my Masters in
Education, Leadership and Management. I also completed a PGCE
at the University of Southampton to become a qualified PE teacher,
and a Degree in Sport and PE at York St John University.

My favourite sports are football; I worked in USA for Major
League Soccer for a year, rugby league and skiing.



We have also enlisted the help of other volunteers.
They are our Co-opted members...

John Wright
John is part of the Recognising Achievement group working on our Awards evening and the FFG scheme

John Bunyan
John’s expertise is with the Fund For the Gifted scheme

Colin Weir & Robin Bedford
Both Colin and Robin work with the team who arrange our Community Forums

Plus Jan Rigby, Mark Pinder & Neil Hunter



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