Our Team

What a DSPro Team member brings to every lesson.

Here at Direct Sports Provision staff have the following qualifications and ongoing support:

  • Enhanced DBS Checked / Update Service
  • Fully Insured
  • Paediatric First Aid trained
  • Minimum NGB Level 2 qualified Multi Skills minimum 
  • Level 2 NGB in sport specifics
  • Level 3 in supporting the delivery of Physical Education and school sport (QCF)
  • Level 3 Community Sport and Health Officer (CHSO)
  • British Gymnastics Teachers Intermediate Gymnastics award
  • 1st 4 Sport Level 3 Award in Supporting the delivery of Dance in PE and School Sport
  • Level 5 in PE specialism (Senior Coaching staff)
  • L3 Diploma in Health and Wellbeing Improvement – Supporting Behaviour Change in Professional Practice
  • Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
  • Mental Health First Aider Certificate (2 days)
  • CPD in gymnastics
  • Child protection and Safeguarding trained
  • SEMH emotional development training programme
  • Playground Activator CPD (accredited by Sports Leaders)
  • Marathon Kids
  • All staff are quality assured internally and externally by partner companies with scheduled observations or on the spot site checks. 
  • Work in partnership with external training providers to maintain and enhance qualifications.
  • Upskilled termly by external companies – ask to find out more. 
  • Every Friday ALL staff are off Curriculum, this is where we use internal CPD for consistent quality for delivery and share good practise.
  • Educare Training

 

Marc Kings

Marc Kings

Director / School Development Manager

I always knew i wanted to pursue a career in Sport, my dream was made up at the age of 14 and i set myself a goal of continuing my education and playing career in America, this came extremely close to a reality at the age of 17 after studying a BTEC Diploma in Sports performance & excellence at Pershore College Football Academy part of Hereford FC at the time where i captained the college team. Other playing experience varied from local football teams to trialling with Aston Villa FC, Kidderminster Harriers to playing County Cricket. 

After playing in front of over 100 scouts who flew over from the states I came in talks with Ohio State University to coach at Dayton Flyers and the possibility of a scholarship to play. As the majority of stories goes, injury prevented me from pursuing this dream.

I made a decision after college to follow another direction, if i couldn’t play – i would coach so i packed my bags at 17 and spent a season coaching Soccer in California travelling from San Diego – Arizona – Beverly Hills – Orange County and many more. 

I returned home full of passion and enthusiasm and knew coaching was for me, there was no stopping me i coached every hour of the day Sunday – Sunday, I worked as Wychavon’s Community Sports Coach in their Sports Development team, Arsenal Soccer schools, Regional Manager for a Sports company in Birmingham, Shadowed and coached in many Football Academy settings.I have been coaching, teaching, delivering sports provision and education in Worcestershire since 2007. I would say a highlight of coaching was forming what is now the JPL representative teams that allowed us to trial our players against the best in their age, being a Chelsea fan a winning moment was when my JPL Rep U14’s beat Chelsea Academy at their training ground. During coaching time I also managed a local Ladies team for 4 seasons. Being able to make a difference or have the opportunity to impact a child’s life everyday stands out as a personal highlight where i am now coaching talented players who i taught when they were just 5yrs to now standing head and shoulders over me at 14+ to having the honour to work alongside pupils i also taught when they were very young and seeing them develop everyday is overwhelming during their apprenticeships. 

I enjoy spending my time staying healthy which includes family bike rides, shopping and spending time with family. 

“Fail to prepare, Prepare to Fail” 

“Without commitment you’ll never start, with out consistency you’ll never finish”

 

Marie Kings

Marie Kings

Director / Admin Manager

Over 20 years teaching experience including intervention and extra need support

Natalie Davies

Natalie Davies

General Manager

For over 8 years I worked in Children’s Residential Care, working in a number of homes around Worcestershire, looking after children with a number of issues, such as; social, emotional and behavioural issues, attachment disorder, mental health issues, eating disorders, complex trauma, learning difficulties, etc.

The children came from terrible backgrounds and could be extremely challenging, but every day was different and supporting the children to progress was very rewarding and something I have always had a huge passion for.

Why this as a career?

Throughout my time in Residential Care I was a great believer that the children needed to take part in regular physical activity, and I would spend my time with them in the gym, at classes or playing football in the garden.

I have a passion for ensuring children are active to support their physical and mental wellbeing. I can do this working for Direct Sports Pro through our partner LivWell.

About me

Favourite sport – football, from the age of 13 I played football for a girls and then women’s team.

Sporting background

I enjoy home Hit workouts, cycling and playing games in the garden with my little girl.

Qualifications

Level 3 in childcare in a residential setting. Level 3 specialist support in schools.

First Aid, Health & Safety, Fire Safety, Autism Awareness and many more.  Currently studying the Attachment Theory Diploma Course.

Gareth Bowcott

Gareth Bowcott

Operations Manager

I followed the fairly traditional education path of completing GCSEs and A-levels before starting out on my working life.  Throughout my education I played numerous sports; football, rugby, tennis…I also enjoyed swimming and following the usual learn to swim lessons I started when I was 5, I stayed on and trained with Worcester Swimming Club several times a week for many years.

I played Rugby for my High School, and this is where my love of so called “egg chasing” came from!  Rugby is my favourite sport to watch; nationally & internationally.  I regularly visit Sixways Stadium to cheer on and endure the ups & downs of the Worcester Warriors.  I also enjoy watching England play and have been lucky enough to watch 6 Nations games at Twickenham and The Principality Stadium, Cardiff.

It’s no surprise that out of many, many potentials my favourite sporting moment was on a rugby field…2003, in Sydney Australia – where, with the scores tied at 17-17, Jonny Wilkinson kicked a drop goal in the final minute of extra time to beat Australia 20-17 to win the rugby world cup for the first time!  I cheered & jumped so hard I nearly punched a hole in the ceiling of my bedroom!

After finishing education, I developed an interest in playing racket sports – table tennis, tennis, badminton.  I attended county training squad sessions in both tennis & table tennis, and I played tennis for many years competitively for Bromwich Lane Lawn Tennis Club.  Later on in life, as age naturally takes its toll and the speed of youth is a distant memory, I enjoy playing & watching golf – no need for running!  I do still enjoy playing badminton socially, but I nowadays I have to stretch for as long as I play for before and after the game!!

I always worked in a sporting/recreational career – for 15 years I worked in leisure centre management, in various wet & dry facilities providing opportunities for local communities to access leisure pursuits for fitness, for fun and for competition.  After starting out as a full time lifeguard & working my way up to being the general manager of my own leisure centre, I know enjoy working in a different aspect of sport & recreation with Direct Sports Provision.  It’s great to work with children at schools and on activity camps to keep them active and instil the importance of doing so, whilst seeing/encouraging them to find their natural ability in a wide variety of different sports to become the next generation of players/teachers.

Working with the team at Direct Sports Provision always provides opportunities to try new things and get involved with new projects.  I’m always ready to tackle new qualifications that may help further my own development and that of the business, and always enjoy the never ending stream of new & varied sports/activities it provides me with the chance to try.  Most notably VX – a hybrid mix of hockey, lacrosse and dodgeball.  It’s super addictive, fast, simple, inclusive and played in mixed teams…if you haven’t heard of it, get googling for “the best sport you’ve never heard of”!!

James Gadsby

James Gadsby

PE Specialist / Staff Mentor

I got into coaching as a volunteer at the age of 18 whilst i studied a level 3 sports course at Evesham college, i completed work experience and decided that i enjoyed the challenge but above all the reward of helping children and young people develop an interest and gain skills in physical education and extra curricular activities.

I started off working towards my level 1 and level 2 football coaching awards whilst working with a local football club and supporting the delivery of PE with full time staff. Within 9 months i was offered a full time job and delivering myself 5 days a week whilst collecting numerous qualifications along the way.

Fast forward 3 years of coaching and delivery experience, i found myself diving into a Level 3 and level 5 in PE specialism whilst mentoring teachers to create sustainable, high quality PE in their schools, this is above all the most rewarding part of the job, sharing my knowledge with not only the children but the teachers, whilst learning some new tricks from them along the way!

I’ve always played football as long as i can remember, and thats always been as a goalkeeper, i got told often that my gloves must have magnets in them. I took this as an opportunity to qualify as a level 2 goalkeeping coach where i worked 121 with the Evesham United Ladies keeper and provided children aged 6-14 with goalkeeper specific training. My main hobby and sport that really drives me is downhill mountain biking, in 3 years Ive had 3 bikes and been all over the country looking for my next adrenaline rush! My dream bike ride would be to visit Whistler mountain bike park in Canada!

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey

Senior PE Educator

Finished school with my GCSES being quite poor, got an apprenticeship with DSPro where over the years we have pushed my coaching skills and gained essential skills and qualifications.

My favourite sport to play and coach is Rugby and my favourite go to coaching game is sharks and lifeboats, can’t go wrong! 

I currently play rugby and have done for the last 15 yrs playing at club level and county level. I have also played football, cricket, rock climbing 

I chose this career as I had previously helped Marc on his sports camps before and loved being a sports coach and wanted to pursue it as a career.

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper

PE Specialist

My coaching practice centres around applying inquiry approaches to games. I believe children achieve more refined skills and techniques when performing in unpredictable and complex spaces. I also have a passion for student-centred learning to provide children with significant accountability and responsibility for their own learning. I am always aiming to improve my professional practice in Physical Education (PE) pedagogy to ensure I am not the coach of yesterday. I am currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Sport Leadership, Education and Society, and FA Level 3 (UEFA B)

in Coaching Futsal. Shortly, I am also going to be starting a FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football. I like to inject an overly enthusiastic personality in my coaching. I believe energy should be a two-way process between the coach and the learner. Lastly, I ensure all learning (big or small) is rejoiced and celebrated.

Why coaching / why teaching

To apply sport pedagogy and theory in a practical setting to improve the physical literacy of children.

In the hope for children to devote themselves to lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

About You

My favourite sport to play and coach is football. I am a lifelong Manchester United Football Club

(MUFC) fan and my greatest sporting/football moment is when MUFC won The Treble in 1999,

winning the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup. For me this is undoubtedly the greatest achievement in English football. One of my most treasured moments in coaching is coaching at St Georges Park. I have won five regional trophies as a coach and I focus only on winning and displaying a winning mentality relates to me favourite saying, “First is First, Second is Nowhere”.Sporting Background In the past, I use to represent my school at Badminton and football at university. Occasionally, play football with friends to keep active and socialise. I never broke into anything higher than amateur sports as I discovered at a young age that I wanted to coach.

Qualification

  • MSc Physical Education and Sports Science
  • BSc Physical Education and Sports Studies
  • Foundation Degree in Sports Tourism, Coaching and Development
  • Level 5 Certificate in Primary School Physical Education
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sports
  • 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skill Development in Sport
  • FA Level 2 Award in Coaching Football
  • UKDBA Level 2 Coaching Certificate in Dodgeball
  • EHA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Handball
  • GBWBA Level 1 Assistant Wheelchair Basketball
Stu Davis

Stu Davis

Community Sports Coach

Background – I went to evesham high school and did one year of 6th form studying sport geography and business and decided it’s not for me! So I left to do sports health and fitness and south Worcestershire college. 

My coaching highlights – Coaching the college team and running training sessions with them. 

My playing highlights probably include winning many trophies with pershore town as a teenager , captaining south Worcestershire college to a league title in a league full of academy teams , or coming 2nd in the top scorers chart in division 1 of Sunday league, or scoring in a cup final for pershore beating Evesham United ! 

I chose coaching as a career because it combines my love of sport and expressing myself through teaching others things in one. It helps me express who I am and get the most out of my sporting ability and feel I can positively effect learners. 

My favourite sport to coach is football , and also play , my favourite sporting moment is when Birmingham City beat arsenal in 2011 to lift the carling cup , my favourite coaching game would have to be king of the ring , my favourite saying is ‘MEGNUTS’ as I love to get in a few nutmegs especially on camp ! I currently play Sunday league level , I used to play Saturday for pershore town and played for evesham in the Cheltenham and Gloucester league , had trials for Worcester city. 

I’m currently doing my level 3 PE specialism course and a level 1 football coach , I aspire for this to be a level 5 PE specialist and 2/3 in football in the future ! 

‘Talk with your feet, play with your heart’ ‘keep right on to the end of the road’

Jack Elston

Jack Elston

PE Educator & Head Sports Coach

Hi all, Jack E here, I’ve been involved in sports coaching from the age of 14 when I turned my passion for playing into a passion for coaching and educating. I started off volunteering at my local football club through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and progressed up to now being the lead coach of the club with A variety of football coaching badges. Went on to study sport performance and excellence at college and continued this up to doing sports coaching and development at Worcester Uni. 

I’m massively into my football, cricket and tennis. Playing in tournament and for local grassroots teams in worcester.My proudest sporting moment would be playing a cricket final on the outfield at WCCC. This was followed up by singing the national anthem arm in arm with members of the Worcester cricket and football teams. 

I’m easily recognisable on the coaching pitch, almost always seen sporting a cap and wearing shorts no matter the weather -crazy I know- often heard before I’m seen with my signature saying of “That is absolutely prime”

Hope to see you all out there soon

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

PE Educator & Cricket Specialist

I have been coaching now for a fair few years, since around the age of 18 I started coaching the junior sections of the cricket clubs I played for. Coaching all varieties of players from very young grass roots, to academy level in both football and cricket. I was educated at RGS Worcester where I completed my GCSE’s and A-Levels, I then followed this with a sports scholarship to Anglia Ruskin university where I completed my sports coaching and physical education Degree. 

I have always been interested in teaching others the things I’ve been taught and I love that it keeps me involved in sport, I don’t think I could ever have an office job I always have to be up and about doing things and this job is perfect for that.

My favourite sport to coach and play is Cricket. This is the sport I specialised in throughout my degree and after I have obtained coaching qualifications in this sport and my dream is to coach cricket full time.

I currently play cricket at a semi professional level for Herefordshire CC and Bromsgrove CC, and have previously played for Cambridge MCCU, I have also played academy level football for Walsall FC and Aston Villa FC. 

Q5. My main qualifications: GCSE’s 5A’s 4B’s, A-Levels CCD, Degree in sports coaching and physical education, Young leaders certification, ECB Level 2 cricket coach, First Aid.

Ralph Clay-Thompson

Ralph Clay-Thompson

Community Sports Health Officer Apprentice / Teaching Assistant

I have come from a long educational background starting at college doing my BTEC in sport science,moving onto my foundation degree in sport and then finally finishing at the university of Gloucester for my full degree. With sporting highlights in skittles most notably being part of the national winning highwaymen one 2012,2013 and 2015.

I chose to go into coaching because I love being able to teach the younger generation that sport can be fun and exciting, with the hope that children can see its engaging and fun and maybe Pursue a passion for sports and games into high school and adult life.

I really enjoyed playing 5 a side football, the intensity of the game was just something that appealed to me, although I also enjoy many different sports such as pool and darts, more over I love watching cricket and have to say one of my most favourite moments came from cricket watching Ben Stokes innings against Australia last year just lives long on my memory. And will have my favourite saying from a commentator earlier last summer when again Ben stokes made a catch with the commentator saying ‘oh no Ben Stokes you can’t do that’ when he made an outrageous catch. If I had to choose a favourite game to play, it would actually be a warm up game we call tails, where

we run around trying to obtain as many bibs as possible whilst trying to look after our own bib. For me I don’t actively play any sports other than skittles, but I have a very good level to play at as mentioned reaching the top of the game when we won the British championships. I do however love the opportunity to teach sports and be involved in that capacity. Currently I am on a journey to completing my apprenticeship, so gaining valuable skills to become a community sports health officer, I also feel mental health is becoming such a big thing for children, and have a real enjoyment for learning about it. Again I have my foundation degree which I am proud of, and other little sprinkles of nutrition and gym instruction, so I have a wide palette of knowledge.

Connor Allen

Connor Allen

Sports Coach

I have been coaching for two years with schools across Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire. I was educated for most of my life in North West Leicestershire, where I studied my GCSE’s, A-level’s and received sports coaching qualifications, alongside working and coaching young people aged 5 – 16. Since moving to Worcestershire I have graduated from the University of Worcester with a second class degree in Primary and Outdoor Education. 

At the age of 18, had a choice to study sports coaching at uni or gain practical experience whilst living at home through Loughborough college. At this stage I still didn’t know if I wanted to pursue a career in coaching, however since gaining experience and qualifications I have wanted to coach young people in various sports and activities. 

Growing up I was exposed to alot of sporting activities including football, tennis, cycling and athletics. When in college I started to compete for a local running team of which I went all the way to national level in the cross country. Shortly after that I joined a local triathlon club and competed with them at regional events until I moved to university. I still enjoy running and cycling now, along with Yoga, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding. 

Personally my favourite sporting moment was Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France, an achievement that got me into road biking. Bradley Wiggins led to improved funding for British Cycling and got over a million more people out on the bike. My best sporting achievement, however, if I had to pick one would be the 2017 Manchester Marathon, where for the first time I ran under four hours. 

My favourite sports coaching game at the moment would have to be minefield, when coaching quicksticks hockey. It is a fun activity that engages children, makes them aware of their surroundings and improves hand eye coordination and ball control skills.

Calum Bennett

Calum Bennett

Community Sports Health Officer Apprentice

Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed a wide range of sports and have found this to be a way of not only keeping fit but also of building confidence, meeting new people and helping to overcome barriers. I represented my schools at badminton and athletics (both to county standard), rugby, cricket and football as well as playing regularly in local leagues for tennis, football and cricket and swimming to competition standard. When I’m not playing one sport or another I’m usually watching it or reading about it! For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved football- my parents say I learned to read by recognising club badges in the newspaper and reading out the team names and match results! I’ve just completed a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Performance and Excellence at Hartpury College specialising in football. These days, I’m also a qualified referee and am part way through my FA Coaching qualification. Whilst at school, I got a Young Leaders qualification where I helped organise sporting events for primary school age pupils. During a work placement at my beloved Coventry City Football Club, I worked with the Sky Blues in the Community team promoting participation in sport in primary schools, Youth Clubs, and at a local football club. All of this, as well as work experience at Worcestershire County Cricket Club and helping out with coaching at Evesham Rugby Club have cemented my desire to pursue a career within sport, as a coach, where I can share my passion and knowledge in such a way that enriches the lives of others. For me, sport is so much more than an interest: it is my passion, my “natural habitat” and it helps me to be the best version of me that I can be. From a young age, I’ve always known that working in this area is something that I want to do. Throughout my life, being involved in sport and playing in a wide variety of teams has helped me to make friends, cope with transitions between schools and has given me a confidence and determination that as a naturally quiet person I didn’t know I had. These are all things that I want to be able to pass on and share, as well as the sheer enjoyment, fun and wellbeing that children can experience from being involved in many different sports. If I could make a difference to one person’s life by helping them to discover a talent, develop a skill, or feel better about themselves by being active and finding their confidence then that would make me very happy indeed. 

I am thrilled to be joining the DSPro team because their vision, professional expertise and support will give me the opportunity to improve and develop my skills and practice whilst at the same time enriching the lives of young people.