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Meet the Team

Shannon McNeil
Sports Coach
Shannon is the boccia and multi sports coach at Hornchurch leisure centre which is run every Wednesdays, She also coaches tennis at Basildon sporting villiage on Thursdays. She is very outgoing and determined to make sure all her participants are having fun and learning something new each week, she loves the fact she is able to teach others and bring a smile to their faces. Shannon also specialises in athletics from a young age and has done very well for herself, she has competed in different countries and hopes one day she can make it to the Olympic
Deb Bullen
Occupational Therapist
Deb is passionate about helping people to live life to its fullest. She previously worked in the arts and has recently changed career after completing a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Deb loves all things sporty and regularly plays beach volleyball. After completing a research project on occupational therapy and sport she is now excited to be combining her two passions, by enabling people to have fun and participate in sport and helping to make sport more inclusive and accessible in leisure centres around London.
Tom Escudier
Sports Coach
Tom is a qualified fitness instructor and a black belt in karate and kickboxing. An active K1 fighter, Tom also runs an organisation called This KiD Can in Frinton on Sea. He delivers inclusive activity sessions such as kickboxing, gymnastics and martial arts tricking both in the Get Hyped Studio and local primary schools.
Sophie Garratt
Occupational Therapist
Sophie is an Occupational Therapist who has ten years of experience in the healthcare sector. She is passionate about encouraging individuals to access their local leisure centres as a way of improving both their health and wellbeing. Sophie spent sixteen years at a dance school which enabled her to learn new skills, make friends, relieve stress and have fun! Sophie recently trained as Mental Health First Aider and has a good understanding of the psychological benefits linked to engaging in physical activity. She is excited about being the first Occupational Therapist to work in a Westminster Leisure Centre!
Megan Potts
Occupational Therapist
Megan has a BSc in Psychology and a background in amputee rehabilitation. Whilst Megan was completing her master’s degree Occupational Therapy, she was introduced to Sport for Confidence and witnessed first-hand the positive physical, mental and social impact it has on the service user’s health and well-being. This then led her to volunteer at Sport for Confidence alongside studying. Since qualifying Megan has then worked as an OT in the community learning disabilities team. Meganis an avid runner and an aerial circus performer in her spare time, she has always valued the importance of participating in physical activity in creating a balanced lifestyle.
Dan Black
Branding & Design Consultant
Dan brings to the table twenty years’ experience of creating high quality branding and graphic design. Dan shaped the Sport for Confidence brand to cleanly articulate the core values of the organistion. Dan is the founder and Creative Director of Detail Design Consultants; a dynamic Leatherhead-based design consultancy dedicated to delivering the very highest quality branding and design solutions across a wide range of media.
Steve Mitchell
Co-Founder and Skills Expert
Mitch is focussed on the development of people in, through and across sport. A passionate believer in the importance of high quality education, Mitch’s wealth of experience includes designing the AASE programme in 2004 across 20 sports. Further to this Mitch is a Board member of Active Essex, the County Sports Partnership for Essex.
Jake Turner
Operational Manager & Behaviour Advisor
Jake has a FdSc in Analysis and Intervention in Intellectual Disabilities after studying at The Tizard Centre, Kent University. Jake has gained many years of experience working with people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and physical disabilities across a range of different challenging settings. Jake is a keen footballer and sports enthusiast and aims to deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity and sport ensuring anyone's first visit to a leisure centre is a positive experience.