The Team  

Sport for Confidence proudly introduces you to the dynamic, innovative and passionate individuals who play their parts
 
Our team comprises of Occupational Therapists, an Operational Team, Coaches and Occupational Therapy Assistants, each and every one has an important role to play. 
To find out a little bit about each team member see below 
Founders 
Lyndsey Barrett 
Director and Lead Occupational Therapist 
Lyndsey has 20 years’ experience as an active Occupational Therapist working with people with learning disabilities, Aspergers and mental heath issues. It was her love for sport that planted the idea of sport as a tool for assessment and developing life and social skills with her clients. Lyndsey has grown Sport for Confidence from just one participant to where it is today. But she won’t stop there, Lyndsey is committed to seeing an OT in every leisure centre in the country. 
Steve Mitchell 
Executive Chairperson 
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. 
Dan Black 
Director 
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. 
Lyndsey Barrett 
Director and Lead Occupational Therapist 
Lyndsey has 20 years’ experience as an active Occupational Therapist working with people with learning disabilities, Aspergers and mental heath issues. It was her love for sport that planted the idea of sport as a tool for assessment and developing life and social skills with her clients. Lyndsey has grown Sport for Confidence from just one participant to where it is today. But she won’t stop there, Lyndsey is committed to seeing an OT in every leisure centre in the country. 
Steve Mitchell 
Executive Chairperson 
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. 
Dan Black 
Director 
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. 
Operations Team 
Jake Turner 
Director of Operations 
Jake has a FdSc in Analysis & 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 & physical disabilities across a range of different challenging settings. Jake joined Sport for Confidence as a Practitioner over 4 years ago and has recently progressed to Director of Operations. Jake is a keen sports enthusiast and aims to deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity ensuring anyone's first visit to a leisure centre is a positive experience. 
Louise Tollick 
Digital Content Manager & Administrator 
Louise brings over 20 years of experience in admin and social media marketing having worked for a broad range of sectors including the arts, property management, recruitment and the NHS. She is passionate about fitness and encouraging more people to be active as a means to improve their mental wellbeing and self confidence as well as their physical health and hopes to help achieve that in any way she can by being a part of and supporting the SfC team. 
 
Natasha Di Carlo 
HR Manager 
Natasha joined the team in April 2021 as our HR Manager. She is an HR generalist with a wealth of experience working in the HR field. During her time working as a former HR consultant, Natasha became a specialist in talent and performance management. Natasha has a deep rooted enthusiasm for workplace diversity and inclusion, well-being at work and learning and development. Natasha strives to ensure that the SfC team are happy, continuously growing and feel fully supported on each of their unique career journeys. Natasha is a keen linguistic and loves travel and exploring new cultures. 
 
Rachel Goodwin 
HR Assistant 
Rachel joined the team in October 2022 and supports our HR Manager. She has 20 years generalist HR experience, working across a number of different sectors and graduated with her CIPD in 2014. Rachel is passionate about supporting people and employee engagement. Rachel is also a florist and grows her own flowers and enjoys running in her spare time. 
Jake Turner 
Director of Operations 
Jake has a FdSc in Analysis & 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 & physical disabilities across a range of different challenging settings. Jake joined Sport for Confidence as a Practitioner over 4 years ago and has recently progressed to Director of Operations. Jake is a keen sports enthusiast and aims to deliver therapeutic interventions for individuals through physical activity ensuring anyone's first visit to a leisure centre is a positive experience. 
Louise Tollick 
Digital Content Manager & Administrator 
Louise brings over 20 years of experience in admin and social media marketing having worked for a broad range of sectors including the arts, property management, recruitment and the NHS. She is passionate about fitness and encouraging more people to be active as a means to improve their mental wellbeing and self confidence as well as their physical health and hopes to help achieve that in any way she can by being a part of and supporting the SfC team. 
Natasha Di Carlo 
HR Manager 
Natasha joined the team in April 2021 as our HR Manager. She is an HR generalist with a wealth of experience working in the HR field. During her time working as a former HR consultant, Natasha became a specialist in talent and performance management. Natasha has a deep rooted enthusiasm for workplace diversity and inclusion, well-being at work and learning and development. Natasha strives to ensure that the SfC team are happy, continuously growing and feel fully supported on each of their unique career journeys. Natasha is a keen linguistic and loves travel and exploring new cultures. 
 
Rachel Goodwin 
HR Assistant 
Rachel joined the team in October 2022 and supports our HR Manager. She has 20 years generalist HR experience, working across a number of different sectors and graduated with her CIPD in 2014. Rachel is passionate about supporting people and employee engagement. Rachel is also a florist and grows her own flowers and enjoys running in her spare time. 
Occupational Therapists 
Hannah Webster 
Occupational Therapist 
 
Hannah has worked in social care alongside people with physical disabilities, mental health issues and learning disabilities for 10 years. Learning through first-hand experience she is enthusiastic about sharing the range of physical and psychological benefits that come from engaging in sporting activities in a supportive accessible environment. Hannah is passionate about combating social isolation, improving lives and facilitating individuals to reach their full potential, all while having fun. 
Liz Fletcher 
Co-Lead for the National Team & Occupational Therapist 
Liz is passionate about physical activity being inclusive for all, regardless of someone’s health condition or social circumstance. An OT since 2006, Liz has worked in various healthcare settings including forensic, community, inpatient and crisis teams. In recent years, Liz has taken a more strategic approach in imbedding physical activity into healthcare by leading projects, using research and evidence to design and deliver training and events. 
Megan Potts 
Occupational Therapist  
Clinical Lead 
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. 
Lucy Goldup 
Occupational Therapist 
 
Lucy has worked as a qualified Occupational Therapist for the last 9 years in Learning Disability and Mental Health Services. She has a passion for working within the Learning Disability field and believes that activity and accessing mainstream services attributes to individuals health and well-being. It allows individuals to develop important life skills as well as having a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence. The sports for confidence initiative plays a key role in this. 
Robert Walker 
Occupational Therapist  
Clinical Lead 
Robert joined the team in December 2021. After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2020, Rob worked in a mental health team based in the community where he helped develope seated exercise groups in several care homes for participants with a diagnosis of dementia. Rob also co-developed a virtual skills and support group to help individual learn and development strategies with managing their mental health needs. Rob has followed the journey of Sport for Confidence since his first year of university and has a passion for promoting equity and inclusivity into sport and communities. He is extremely enthusiastic about championing the positive impact that sport and physical activity have to an individual’s physical health, mental health and social environment. Rob is an extremely keen sportsman with a specific love for cricket, rugby and running. He also loves music and taking his Labrador, Hendrix, for long walks in the country. 
Dr Anna Pettican 
Co-Lead for the National Team & Occupational Therapist 
Anna has been an Occupational Therapist since 2003 and has a practice background in mental health and learning disability services. Her practice and research interests are in using sport and physical activity for therapeutic means and ends, and addressing health inequalities. Anna has led and been involved with a number of strategic projects since joining Sport for Confidence in 2017 and she combines her work with us with an academic (research and teaching) role at the University of Essex. 
Ava Thomas 
Occupational Therapist 
Ava joined the team in September 2021. Ava gained her first degree in BSc Psychology and continued her studies qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer in 2014, as she loved participating in exercise alongside her education. Ava worked in technology for a few years, supporting the elderly and people with disabilities to use technology, leading her on to study Postgraduate Occupational Therapy in London. She is passionate about physical activity and mindfulness and wanted to combine this alongside a career in Occupational Therapy. Ava will be working at the Westminster Model, joining the team in late 2021. 
Nikki West 
Occupational Therapist 
Nikki joined the team in May 2021 and was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist after working as a resident support worker for a healthcare trust in Hampshire. Nikki has spent almost 25 years working in Adult Social Care and also loves reading, her garden and giving lots of love to the rescue dogs she fosters. 
Sam Studdert 
Occupational Therapist 
Sam joined the team in September 2021. Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2019, Sam has worked with different patient groups at Colchester General Hospital and has also worked with Adult Social Care, supporting older adults. Being passionate about playing sport and music, Sam has always been interested in how Occupational Therapy can be used in a variety of settings to support people in enjoying the activities they love. He joined Sport For Confidence in September 2021 and is committed to making activities accessible to everyone. Sam is a keen footballer but he really just enjoys any sport where he can run after a ball. 
Michelle Armitt 
Occupational Therapist for the National Team 
Michelle joined the team in 2022 after being inspired by the Occupational Therapists, Coaches and participants she met as our very first Occupational Therapy student. During this time she experienced first-hand the therapeutic benefits of sport for physical, mental and social wellbeing. 
Michelle is passionate about everyone having the opportunity to access the things they love to do, alongside seeing participants’ confidence and skills grow and transfer into their day to day lives. 
She enjoys a split role working in a leisure centre and National Team as the main link for the next generation of students, as well as supporting the development of online learning. 
Previously Michelle has worked in inpatient, community mental health, horticulture therapy, and learning disability teams. 
In her spare time she can be found practicing yoga, singing, and hiking in the great outdoors. 
Aimee Nuttall 
Occupational Therapist for the Specialist Provision Team 
Aimee has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 2014 in the NHS, Social Care and Private Sector. Before training to become an Occupational Therapist, Aimee volunteered at a local Learning Disability Charity and found her love of supporting people to reach their potential, feel a sense of belonging and have fun! Aimee is passionate about breaking down barriers for people to enable them to do the things they want to do. In her spare time, Aimee can usually be found with a crochet hook in her hand or working on a DIY project. Aimee is also completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. 
Rosy Shaw 
Occupational Therapist 
 
 
 
Rosy joined Sport for Confidence in July 2022. She previously studied Politics and worked in Health and Social Care Policy before training to be an Occupational Therapist. After a few years working in an acute hospital, she decided to pursue an alternative route. She is inspired by Sport for Confidence’s pioneering model and commitment to support anyone who faces barriers to participation through sport and exercise, whilst maintaining a key focus on occupation. She loves socialising, long walks and all things sports - especially football! 
 
Jamie Squires 
Occupational Therapist 
Jamie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2022 and has a background in exercise and health. He has recently worked as a wellness coach for individuals with neurological conditions who may find it difficult to get enough physical activity. Jamie has over 10 years’ experience in exercise instruction and has always been a proponent for the benefits of exercise and the impact that it can have on a person’s, social, psychological, and physical wellbeing. 
Jamie decided to become an Occupational Therapist to help individuals increase their participation in activities that are important to them, improve health and wellbeing and improve quality of life. He believes every person should have equal opportunities to take part in the activities they want and need to with the use of skills gained from work, recreation, and socialisation. 
Jamie loves going to the gym and has previously competed in strongman and powerlifting. 
Andy Chapman 
Occupational Therapist for the  
National Team 
Andy joined the team in September 2022 and lives near Manchester. 
Andy previously worked in Investment Banking but was inspired attending the 2012 London Paralympics to have a completely new career change. Andy lives with Cerebral Palsy and before training to be an OT he participated in InstructAbility, a Sport England funded fitness instructing course, for those living with disabilities. Andy studied at Twickenham Rugby Stadium and then worked at Aspire’s National Leisure Centre, Europe’s first fully accessible leisure centre. Andy finds engaging in sport and physical activity to be so valuable for his confidence, but he does like others encounter challenges participating on an equal basis. Andy discovered Sport for Confidence after accessing OT services and while looking for accessible opportunities to be active. 
Andy is delighted to have a role focused on utilising participants’ lived experiences and helping the therapeutic benefits of sport and physical activity become nationally recognised. 
Lisa Westhorpe 
Occupational Therapist for the National Team 
Lisa has always been passionate about promoting health through meaningful physical activity. During her 10 years as a qualified occupational therapist in schools, acute and community physical health settings, and learning disability services, Lisa has been involved in initiatives to ensure physical activity is available to all, including setting up seating exercise classes, supporting clients to access leisure facilities, and supporting new mums to return to exercise safely after having their baby. Lisa is a strong supporter of DEI initiatives and is now supporting inclusion through her work in the National Team, where she is working on connecting OTs who are interested in using physical activity in their practice, and virtual placements for students to promote and share Sport for Confidence’s mission. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys being active through netball, running and yoga, and loves hiking in the countryside with her husband and two young daughters. 
Hannah Webster 
Occupational Therapist 
Hannah has worked in social care alongside people with physical disabilities, mental health issues and learning disabilities for 10 years. Learning through first-hand experience she is enthusiastic about sharing the range of physical and psychological benefits that come from engaging in sporting activities in a supportive accessible environment. Hannah is passionate about combating social isolation, improving lives and facilitating individuals to reach their full potential, all while having fun. 
Liz Fletcher 
Co-Lead for the National Team & Occupational Therapist 
Liz is passionate about physical activity being inclusive for all, regardless of someone’s health condition or social circumstance. An OT since 2006, Liz has worked in various healthcare settings including forensic, community, inpatient and crisis teams. In recent years, Liz has taken a more strategic approach in imbedding physical activity into healthcare by leading projects, using research and evidence to design and deliver training and events. 
Ava Thomas 
Occupational Therapist 
Ava joined the team in September 2021. Ava gained her first degree in BSc Psychology and continued her studies qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer in 2014, as she loved participating in exercise alongside her education. Ava worked in technology for a few years, supporting the elderly and people with disabilities to use technology, leading her on to study Postgraduate Occupational Therapy in London. She is passionate about physical activity and mindfulness and wanted to combine this alongside a career in Occupational Therapy. Ava will be working at the Westminster Model, joining the team in late 2021. 
Megan Potts 
Occupational Therapist - Clinical Lead 
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. 
Dr Anna Pettican 
Co-Lead for the National Team & Occupational Therapist  
Anna has been an Occupational Therapist since 2003 and has a practice background in mental health and learning disability services. Her practice and research interests are in using sport and physical activity for therapeutic means and ends, and addressing health inequalities. Anna has led and been involved with a number of strategic projects since joining Sport for Confidence in 2017 and she combines her work with us with an academic (research and teaching) role at the University of Essex. 
Lucy Goldup 
Occupational Therapist 
Lucy has worked as a qualified Occupational Therapist for the last 9 years in Learning Disability and Mental Health Services. She has a passion for working within the Learning Disability field and believes that activity and accessing mainstream services attributes to individuals health and well-being. It allows individuals to develop important life skills as well as having a positive impact on their self-esteem and confidence. The sports for confidence initiative plays a key role in this. 
Nikki West 
Occupational Therapist 
Nikki joined the team in May 2021 and was inspired to become an Occupational Therapist after working as a resident support worker for a healthcare trust in Hampshire. Nikki has spent almost 25 years working in Adult Social Care and also loves reading, her garden and giving lots of love to the rescue dogs she fosters. 
Robert Walker 
Occupational Therapist - Clinical Lead 
Robert joined the team in December 2021. After qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2020, Rob worked in a mental health team based in the community where he helped develope seated exercise groups in several care homes for participants with a diagnosis of dementia. Rob also co-developed a virtual skills and support group to help individual learn and development strategies with managing their mental health needs. Rob has followed the journey of Sport for Confidence since his first year of university and has a passion for promoting equity and inclusivity into sport and communities. He is extremely enthusiastic about championing the positive impact that sport and physical activity have to an individual’s physical health, mental health and social environment. Rob is an extremely keen sportsman with a specific love for cricket, rugby and running. He also loves music and taking his Labrador, Hendrix, for long walks in the country. 
Rosy Shaw 
Occupational Therapist 
Rosy joined Sport for Confidence in July 2022. She previously studied Politics and worked in Health and Social Care Policy before training to be an Occupational Therapist. After a few years working in an acute hospital, she decided to pursue an alternative route. She is inspired by Sport for Confidence’s pioneering model and commitment to support anyone who faces barriers to participation through sport and exercise, whilst maintaining a key focus on occupation. She loves socialising, long walks and all things sports - especially football! 
Aimee Nuttall 
Occupational Therapist for the Specialist Provision Team 
Aimee has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 2014 in the NHS, Social Care and Private Sector. Before training to become an Occupational Therapist, Aimee volunteered at a local Learning Disability Charity and found her love of supporting people to reach their potential, feel a sense of belonging and have fun! Aimee is passionate about breaking down barriers for people to enable them to do the things they want to do. In her spare time, Aimee can usually be found with a crochet hook in her hand or working on a DIY project. Aimee is also completing a master’s degree in Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. 
Lisa Westhorpe 
Occupational Therapist for the  
National Team 
Lisa has always been passionate about promoting health through meaningful physical activity. During her 10 years as a qualified occupational therapist in schools, acute and community physical health settings, and learning disability services, Lisa has been involved in initiatives to ensure physical activity is available to all, including setting up seating exercise classes, supporting clients to access leisure facilities, and supporting new mums to return to exercise safely after having their baby. Lisa is a strong supporter of DEI initiatives and is now supporting inclusion through her work in the National Team, where she is working on connecting OTs who are interested in using physical activity in their practice, and virtual placements for students to promote and share Sport for Confidence’s mission. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys being active through netball, running and yoga, and loves hiking in the countryside with her husband and two young daughters. 
Sam Studdert 
Occupational Therapist 
Sam joined the team in September 2021. Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2019, Sam has worked with different patient groups at Colchester General Hospital and has also worked with Adult Social Care, supporting older adults. Being passionate about playing sport and music, Sam has always been interested in how Occupational Therapy can be used in a variety of settings to support people in enjoying the activities they love. He joined Sport For Confidence in September 2021 and is committed to making activities accessible to everyone. Sam is a keen footballer but he really just enjoys any sport where he can run after a ball. 
Jamie Squires 
Occupational Therapist 
 
Jamie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2022 and has a background in exercise and health. He has recently worked as a wellness coach for individuals with neurological conditions who may find it difficult to get enough physical activity. Jamie has over 10 years’ experience in exercise instruction and has always been a proponent for the benefits of exercise and the impact that it can have on a person’s, social, psychological, and physical wellbeing. 
Jamie decided to become an Occupational Therapist to help individuals increase their participation in activities that are important to them, improve health and wellbeing and improve quality of life. He believes every person should have equal opportunities to take part in the activities they want and need to with the use of skills gained from work, recreation, and socialisation. 
Jamie loves going to the gym and has previously competed in strongman and powerlifting. 
Andy Chapman 
Occupational Therapist for the National Team 
Andy joined the team in September 2022 and lives near Manchester. 
Andy previously worked in Investment Banking but was inspired attending the 2012 London Paralympics to have a completely new career change. Andy lives with Cerebral Palsy and before training to be an OT he participated in InstructAbility, a Sport England funded fitness instructing course, for those living with disabilities. Andy studied at Twickenham Rugby Stadium and then worked at Aspire’s National Leisure Centre, Europe’s first fully accessible leisure centre. Andy finds engaging in sport and physical activity to be so valuable for his confidence, but he does like others encounter challenges participating on an equal basis. Andy discovered Sport for Confidence after accessing OT services and while looking for accessible opportunities to be active. 
Andy is delighted to have a role focused on utilising participants’ lived experiences and helping the therapeutic benefits of sport and physical activity become nationally recognised. 
Michelle Armitt 
Occupational Therapist for the  
National Team 
Michelle joined the team in 2022 after being inspired by the Occupational Therapists, Coaches and participants she met as our very first Occupational Therapy student. During this time she experienced first-hand the therapeutic benefits of sport for physical, mental and social wellbeing. 
Michelle is passionate about everyone having the opportunity to access the things they love to do, alongside seeing participants’ confidence and skills grow and transfer into their day to day lives. 
She enjoys a split role working in the leisure centre and national team as the main link for the next generation of students, as well as supporting the development of online learning. 
Previously Michelle has worked in inpatient, community mental health, horticulture therapy, and learning disability teams. 
In her spare time she can be found practicing yoga, singing, and hiking in the great outdoors. 
Coaches 
Jack Edgar 
Coaching Lead 
With an impressive array of coaching qualifications in a wide range of sports, Jack is responsible for the development and implementation of the Sport For Confidence coaching programme and the mentoring of Grant and our newest apprentice Fanuel. Together the team work to ensure the programme remains progressive and encourages core skill development, social integration and fun. 
Tom Doughty 
Data & Coaching Lead 
In his full-time role at Sport For Confidence, Tom will oversee coaching at Witham, and will also supervise Colchester and Clacton programmes and coaches, working alongside an allied health professional. Tom coaches a range of sports including multisports, boccia, swimming and dodgeball. In addition to coaching weekly sessions, Tom is also responsible for engaging with local community groups including GPs, nursing teams, carers, and schools. 
Karen Briggs 
Coach 
Karen joined the team in April 2022 as Coach at our Westminster locations. After many years working in the fashion industry, Karen had a change of career in her 40s and qualified as a personal trainer with the YMCA in Central London. After working with general population clients, she took the Exercise and Fitness after Stroke course with Later Life Training at Portsmouth University, putting the qualification to good use taking small group classes for the Stroke Association. 
She is currently working on short courses on exercise for Parkinson's and pre/during/post menopause. Her aim is to help as many people as possible live life to the fullest by staying active and encouraging movement at all ages and stages of life. 
 
Korun Mehmet 
Coach 
Korun joined the team in August 2022 as coach at Basildon Sporting Village and The Brentwood Centre and has a BSc degree in Exercise, Nutrition & Health with the focus of the degree on using physical activity as an alternative to medication. Korun has a passion for physical activity and the benefits it possesses in terms of having a positive impact on peoples physical and mental health. Outside of work, Korun loves playing football and coaches children part-time in a variety of sports. 
Jessica Wybrow 
Coach 
Jess joined the team in August 2022 as a Coach at Waterside Farm leisure centre, Harrow Lodge leisure centre and Basildon Sporting Village. Jess trained at a musical theatre college for two years, receiving a diploma in dance and shortly after began teaching dance and fitness sessions to children in schools around Essex. Jess’ main aim is to get everyone to experience the fun created through sport and the confidence it can bring to individuals as well. 
Charlie Collins 
Project Co-ordinator for the National Team & Coach 
Charlie is a coach at The Feel Good Centre, Waltham Forest and is also a Netball for Confidence coach at Basildon. Charlie has been Personal Training and Coaching for 7 years, having previously worked in social research. Her particular passion is netball, having played for 25 years. Charlie loves sharing the fun of sport and watching people grow with the confidence they have gained from sport and implementing it into other areas of their lives. 
Jessica Woods 
Coach 
Jessica officially joined the team in September 2022 as a coach in Colchester and Witham after leading our dance sessions in Clacton since March 2022. 
Jess is passionate about helping to improve the confidence of our participants by supporting them to express themselves in an active and creative environment. 
Jess has been dancing since the age of 9 and has been running a dance school in Clacton since 2021. The best part about coaching/teaching for Jess is watching her students achieve things they never thought they could do and allowing them the freedom to discover their own unique style and personality along the way. 
Jess has a teacher’s qualification in Associate Freestyle dance as well as a coaching qualification in Acrobatics. 
Henry Edgington 
Coach 
Jack Edgar 
Coaching Lead 
With an impressive array of coaching qualifications in a wide range of sports, Jack is responsible for the development and implementation of the Sport For Confidence coaching programme and the mentoring of Grant and our newest apprentice Fanuel. Together the team work to ensure the programme remains progressive and encourages core skill development, social integration and fun. 
Tom Doughty 
Data & Coaching Lead 
In his full-time role at Sport For Confidence, Tom will oversee coaching at Witham, and will also supervise Colchester and Clacton programmes and coaches, working alongside an allied health professional. Tom coaches a range of sports including multisports, boccia, swimming and dodgeball. In addition to coaching weekly sessions, Tom is also responsible for engaging with local community groups including GPs, nursing teams, carers, and schools. 
Karen Briggs 
Coach 
Karen joined the team as Coach in our Westminster locations. After many years working in the fashion industry, Karen had a change of career in her 40s and qualified as a personal trainer with the YMCA in Central London. After working with general population clients, she took the Exercise and Fitness after Stroke course with Later Life Training at Portsmouth University, putting the qualification to good use taking small group classes for the Stroke Association. 
She is currently working on short courses on exercise for Parkinson's and pre/during/post menopause. Her aim is to help as many people as possible live life to the fullest by staying active and encouraging movement at all ages and stages of life. 
Charlie Collins 
Project Co-ordinator for the National Team & Coach 
Charlie is a coach in Waltham Forest Coach and is also a Netball for Confidence coach at Basildon. Charlie has been Personal Training and Coaching for 7 years, having previously worked in social research. Her particular passion is netball, having played for 25 years. Charlie loves sharing the fun of sport and watching people grow with the confidence they have gained from sport and implementing it into other areas of their lives. 
 
Korun Mehmet 
Coach 
Korun joined the team in August 2022 as coach at Basildon Sporting Village and The Brentwood Centre and has a BSc degree in Exercise, Nutrition & Health with the focus of the degree on using physical activity as an alternative to medication. Korun has a passion for physical activity and the benefits it possesses in terms of having a positive impact on peoples physical and mental health. Outside of work, Korun loves playing football and coaches children part-time in a variety of sports. 
Jessica Wybrow 
Coach 
Jess joined the team in August 2022 as a coach at Waterside Farm leisure centre, Harrow Lodge leisure centre and Basildon Sporting Village. Jess trained at a musical theatre college for two years receiving a diploma in dance and shortly after began teaching dance and fitness sessions to children in schools around Essex. Jess’ main aim is to get everyone to experience the fun created through sport and the confidence it can bring to individuals as well. 
Henry Edgington 
Coach 
 
Jessica Woods 
Coach 
Jessica officially joined the team in September 2022 as a coach in Colchester and Witham after leading our dance sessions in Clacton since March 2022. 
Jess is passionate about helping to improve the confidence of our participants by supporting them to express themselves in an active and creative environment. 
Jess has been dancing since the age of 9 and has been running a dance school in Clacton since 2021. The best part about coaching/teaching for Jess is watching her students achieve things they never thought they could do and allowing them the freedom to discover their own unique style and personality along the way. 
Jess has a teacher’s qualification in Associate Freestyle dance as well as a coaching qualification in Acrobatics. 
Jessica officially joined the team in September 2022 as a coach in Colchester and Witham after leading our dance sessions in Clacton since March 2022. 
Jess is passionate about helping to improve the confidence of our participants by supporting them to express themselves in an active and creative environment. 
Jess has been dancing since the age of 9 and has been running a dance school in Clacton since 2021. The best part about coaching/teaching for Jess is watching her students achieve things they never thought they could do and allowing them the freedom to discover their own unique style and personality along the way. 
Jess has a teacher’s qualification in Associate Freestyle dance as well as a coaching qualification in Acrobatics. 
Occupational Therapy Assistants 
James Adams 
Occupational Therapy Assistant 
James joined the team in August 2021 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Previously, James was a gymnastics coach for almost 10 years which he enjoyed but when he heard about the opening of a role as an OTA at Sport for Confidence it was an opportunity he couldn’t miss as he has such a love of sport and a passion for helping others to achieve their goals. 
 
There's not a day at work that James doesn’t look forward to and always goes in with a smile on his face. James loves football and has played for the same team since he was 11, he is also fishing obsessed and loves to be outside as much as possible. 
Charlie Charlton 
Occupational Therapy Assistant 
Charlie joined the team in May 2022 and has 5 years’ experience working within the NHS as a therapy assistant, predominantly in stroke rehabilitation. He enjoys all aspects of rehabilitation especially from an occupational therapy standpoint. Charlie was attracted to the position of OTA within Sport for Confidence as he believes from his prior experiences, he can bring something to the team and to help the service users achieve their goals in any way possible. Charlie is a massive fan of boxing and Tottenham hotspur and has full intention on qualifying as an occupational therapist in the not-too-distant future. 
James Adams 
Occupational Therapy Assistant 
James joined the team in August 2021 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Previously, James was a gymnastics coach for almost 10 years which he enjoyed but when he heard about the opening of a role as an OTA at Sport for Confidence it was an opportunity he couldn’t miss as he has such a love of sport and a passion for helping others to achieve their goals. 
 
There's not a day at work that James doesn’t look forward to and always goes in with a smile on his face. James loves football and has played for the same team since he was 11, he is also fishing obsessed and loves to be outside as much as possible. 
Charlie Charlton 
Occupational Therapy Assistant 
Charlie joined the team in May 2022 and has 5 years’ experience working within the NHS as a therapy assistant, predominantly in stroke rehabilitation. He enjoys all aspects of rehabilitation especially from an occupational therapy standpoint. Charlie was attracted to the position of OTA within Sport for Confidence as he believes from his prior experiences, he can bring something to the team and to help the service users achieve their goals in any way possible. Charlie is a massive fan of boxing and Tottenham hotspur and has full intention on qualifying as an occupational therapist in the not-too-distant future. 
Assistant Coaches 
 
Chris McLeod 
Assistant Coach 
 
Corban Boyle-Smart 
Assistant Coach 
 
Sam Downing 
Assistant Coach 
 
Rob Coin 
Assistant Coach 
Lee 
Assistant Coach 
 
Chris McLeod 
Assistant Coach 
 
Sam Downing 
Assistant Coach 
 
Lee 
Assistant Coach 
 
Corban Boyle-Smart 
Assistant Coach 
Corban joined the team in 2022. He first began his journey with sports for confidence as a participant due to him being diagnosed with ADHD, Autism which led him to volunteer for sports for confidence. Furthermore corban was given the opportunity to get his level 3 personal training which meant he had to leave for a little while. But luckily he is back now ready to help participants and give them fun sessions. 
Rob Coin 
Assistant Coach 
At Sport for Confidence, we are governed and supported by an incredibly talented Board of Directors – to find out more about each director please click here. 
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