Meet the team

We use sport to empower, inspire, and motivate local families into making positive long-term lifestyle changes as well as building family resilience, helping them to reach their potential and move forward in their lives. We also provide social activities for local people with learning difficulties. Mentoring is provided through school initiated whole family mentoring.

 

JIMMY DEANE

JIMMY DEANE

Founder

Jimmy grew up and has lived in Bath all his life. From an early age, sport played a major role, but rugby became his main focus. He joined Bath Rugby Club at 17 years old and went on to play over 300 games, 99 of these being first team appearances, including three Cup Final victories at Twickenham as a replacement.

In 2001 he became the first Community Coach for Bath Rugby.Two years later, he established Bath Rugby Community Foundation (registered charity) and spent the next 11 years managing the organisation, working with over 125,000 young people during his tenure

In April 2014, Jimmy founded Sporting Family Change. He is immensely passionate about supporting and engaging with local families and uses many different activities to engage with the whole family, whatever needs they have. He aims to build confidence, family resilience and motivation to make positive life style changes. Experience has taught him that for these changes to be sustainable, working with the whole family and not just the individual/child or parent separately is vital.

Jimmy is married to Lynda and has two grown up children, Jess and Tobias. He enjoys being outdoors, loves a sporting challenge and has a passion for farming.

jimmy@sportingfamilychange.co.uk 07811 101468

HAYLEY CLARKE

HAYLEY CLARKE

Team Member

Hayley is responsible for the H.O.P.E Programme ( Health Opportunities through Physical Education) working with local families who face many challenges. She also oversees our social club for adults with learning difficulties.

She started volunteering for SFC in July 2014 and became a permanent member of staff in July 2015.

Hayley likes to push herself by taking on various challenges such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and next year , cycling from Bath to Paris with SFC. Next on the list is a rickshaw run across India!!!

hayley@sportingfamilychange.co.uk 07736 110286

John Gibbs

John Gibbs

Team Member

John is responsible for the Whole based Mentoring Programme, delivered in educational and community settings.He joined SFC in September 2015.

He has spent the past 6 years working with children and families in a variety of roles. Through this experience and using different approaches, he has seen the benefits engaging in sport can bring, particularly boosting confidence and self-esteem.

A keen footballer, John has played in a local league for many years. He is also a proficient tennis player and regularly enjoys a game at his local sports club.

john@sportingfamilychange.co.uk 07545 229295

JILLY EDWARDS

JILLY EDWARDS

Team Member (Fundraiser)

Jilly has worked in the charitable sector for the past 23 years. During this time she has had a variety of roles; the most recent being 13 years as a Philanthropy Manager in Bath with the local community foundation. Her focus was working with local donors, professional advisers and charitable trusts as well as all aspects of grant making.

In previous roles, Jilly has also managed a local branch of Age UK and worked for a Council for Voluntary Service, an infrastructure organisation offering a comprehensive range of support and development services to frontline voluntary and community groups.

She has three children, two at university and one still at home. She likes to dance, has a passion for travel and sunnier climates!

jilly@sportingfamilychange.co.uk 07392 309064

MEGAN SINDEN

MEGAN SINDEN

Team Member

Our latest addition to the team, Meg helps deliver our Mentoring Programme as well as our H.O.P.E. Programme

She joined SFC as a part time team member in October 2015 and has been a full time staff member since October 2016.

Meg has a background in childcare,  working with many families, the furthest being New Zealand where she was a live-in nanny. She loves to travel and has enjoyed all sorts of adventure activities!

One achievement she is especially proud of is reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro with SFC in June 2016.

megan@sportingfamilychange.co.uk 07595 224982