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David Walsh

Wellbeing Champion

Derbyshire development officer

David first got involved in sports volunteering at a community doorstep sports session that was taking place in Derby City. After showing commitment and excellent delivery along with a great compassion for young people, David was taken on by Ben Rigby as a Sports Coach. David is very keen on fitness and nutrition, being qualified to Level 3 Advanced Fitness and Nutrition. David also raises funds for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support through long distance running events. David was recognised as UK Coaching 'Children's Coach of the Year for 2017.

David Walsh is also Sporting Communities' Wellbeing Champion. As a Wellbeing Champion it's David’s job to improve the wellbeing of Sporting Communities colleagues and participants.


Nick Kelly

Staffordshire and Cheshire Development officer

Nick has a background in developing services within the business sector. Helping to grow and sustain businesses including Granflex Roofing and Alsager Oven Clean. Nick's passion for sport and communities finally led him into sports coaching and developing community services in 2014. Since then Nick has taken on the role of Staffordshire and Cheshire Development Officer and takes responsibility for developing and co-ordinating projects across both counties.

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David Richards

Insight and evaluation officer

David is a former Staffordshire University student, graduating with First Honours. Following work experience and working as a Community Coach and Development Officer with Sporting Communities, David has become the Insight and Evaluation Officer. He has a natural ability to understand and evaluate impact alongside a real enthusiasm for community development.


Kobi-Kazia Thompson

Marketing Officer

Kobi first became involved with Sporting Communities via a Derby University work experience placement. Kobi is not only one of our Community Coaches, supporting young people on our community engagement projects, but she also has a talent for utilising social media and other marketing tools to maximise the awarenesses of Sporting Communities' projects.


Danielle Pointon

community engagement officer

Danielle started as a participant on one of Sporting Communities community sports sessions. Having internal conflict due to physical injury and constant peer pressure to make poor choices, Dani opted instead to get involved in volunteering for Sporting Communities. 4 years on, Dani is a lead Community Coach and has been recognised on a local and national front for her extraordinary, life changing journey. In 2016 she won the CYPNow Children's Achievement Award. She is an inspiration to many young people, in particular vulnerable young girls and now develops projects that connect community members together.


Gerome Palmer

Youth Engagement Officer

Gerome first came to Sporting Communities as a young semi-professional footballer wanting to gain some work experience during his off-season. Training to be an architect at University, he gained a strong passion for community development and decided to change his career path into the social field.



Sandy is Sporting Communities' mascot. She loves inspiring children to be creative and active.

Her favourite hobbies include playing games like chase, especially after a ball, and making friends with new people.

If you want to speak to our board members, please get in touch.