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Meet The Team

Antony Isherwood – Community Director

Antony joined the Trust as Community Education Manager in February 2018 with over 18 years’ experience in the education sector including various roles within other professional football clubs.

Appointed in March 2019 as Community Director, Antony has been instrumental in linking education, sports development and social inclusion programmes within the Trust.

As Community Director, Antony leads on the strategic development of the Trust to maximise its impact and reach across the local community. Antony also undertakes the duties of Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Health and Safety Officer.

 

Craig Gill – Assistant Community Director - Operations

Craig was a member of the BCFC academy until the age of 16 and joined the Trust some years later as a part-time community coach after completing his degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Craig is an FA Level 2 qualified coach and plays an active role in delivering coaching sessions on the Trust’s current programmes.

Since 2007, Craig has undertaken several roles at the Trust including schools co-ordinator, social inclusion coordinator alongside lecturing on the Football and Education Programme after completing his PTTLS qualification in 2011. Craig is also the lead for Quality Assurance.

 

Paul Virgo – Community Education Manager

Paul has recently been appointed Community Education Manager after lecturing on the Football and Education programme for several years.

Paul’s primary responsibility is to oversee both our football and academic pathways through the delivery of courses from NVQ level 2 through to our Foundation degree run in conjunction with the University of South Wales.

Paul has over 25 year’s experience in the education and sport sector and is a former chairman of several sporting governing bodies as well as former director of a national league basketball team.

Paul also undertakes the duties of designated safeguarding officer and leads and coordinates the NCS programme at the Trust.

 

Sharron Atkins – Assistant Community Director – Business and Compliance

Sharron joined the Trust in 2018 after a 25-year career with the NHS. Sharron started as an administration manager to support the Head of Community and undertake duties relating to compliance.

Since then, the growth of the Trust has seen her role develop and Sharron has recently undertaken the role of Assistant Community Director with responsibilities for Business and Compliance.

Sharron is also the designated Data Protection Officer.

 

Chantel Hunter – Social Inclusion and NCS Co-ordinator

Chantel Joined the Trust in September 2018 as a social inclusion co-ordinator after working on coaching programmes in the community. She has significant experience of working within inclusion, notably working with young people and adults in youth settings, supported living, schools and the Special Educational Needs and Disability sector.

Chantel is the lead on the Trust’s Kicks project as well as creating and leading our disability provision at the Trust. Chantel’s focus has been on growing our PAN disability football teams and increasing our SEND schools offer. She will also be supporting and coordinating some elements of the NCS Programme.

Away from work, Chantel is involved with a junior team at a local women’s football club.  Her role within this team is in a mentoring capacity and focuses on development and support for young players and young coaches.