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Coaches Profiles

Diane Harker

I have always been involved in sport, playing both tennis and squash to a high standard from an early age but also playing and having an interest in many other sports eg football, netball, badminton, hockey and athletics. I have been involved with coaching both adults and children from the ages of 3 to over 70 for over 20 years! I have a lot of experience co-ordinating school sports and activity programmes and managing coaches.

I have also worked at David Lloyd Leisure coaching tennis, squash and racketball to both juniors and adults.

Sports - Cardio Tennis, Hockey, Multi, Netball, Racketball, Squash, Tennis, VI Tennis

Andy Bollands

Sport has been the biggest part of my life from a young age with being interested in and participating in a variety of sports from football, boxing, rugby, cricket, and athletics to a keen gym member. I am currently a student studying sport and exercise coaching science at Teesside University and currently volunteering in Trinity catholic college and sixth form which I have two years’ experience. I am very enthusiastic and passionate about delivering inclusive sports to all and I hope through my coaching sessions that participants get a great deal of enjoyment as well as learn new skills and keep fit!


Sports- Football, Cricket, Rugby, Fitness, Boxercise, Basketball, Hockey, Dodge Ball, Cross Country, Athletics, Tennis, Gym Instruction, Personal Training, Rounders.

James Cane

I have just completed my BSc (hons) Sport & Exercise (Coaching Science) degree at Teesside University. I have a huge passion for sport, in particular Rugby. I am involved with coaching and playing at Middlesbrough Rugby Club. My aim is to encourage children to participate within sport, keeping active but most importantly having fun and I believe that my enthusiastic and friendly approach is an ideal quality for helping children achieve.


Sports - Rugby, Athletics, Football, Tennis, Hockey and Multi

Claire Connor

I have had a great passion for dance and exercise to music since being introduced to dance from the age of 3. I have taught all styles of dance and aerobics throughout the North West and since moving to the area I have continued working with children of all ages introducing them to all aspects of dance and also gymnastics.


Sports - Dance, Disability, Gymnastics, Hoola

Kara Cunningham

I started dancing at the age of 3 and have been involved in many dance shows, competitions and exams. My degree was in dance. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated coach and have have been teaching all styles of dance to all ages and abilities for the last 6 years, including disability and gymnastics work.


Sports - Dance, Gymnastics, Disability


Victoria Dales

I have recently graduated from Teesside University with a First Class BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree and I am currently studying MSc Strength and Conditioning (Science). Sport has always been a big role in my life; I have a passion for dance and gymnastics, competing internationally and winning a World Championship title in 2011. I am passionate and enthusiastic about coaching sport, and hope to provide fun and active opportunities to all children.


Sports - Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness, Multi Sports

Heather Machon

I have a BA Honours in Education, lecture in various fitness courses at Further Education. Colleges and have many fitness qualifications. I have been teaching fitness classes to children and adults for several years and it is something I am passionate about. I have worked within schools, colleges and gyms and actively promote activity through sport. To see a child progress both in terms of ability and confidence is one of the main reasons I enjoy coaching. I look forward to working with the What a Racquet Team and continuing to make my sessions both fun and fitness based.

Sports - Gym instruction, Personal Training, Fitness, Zumba, Bokwa, Pilates

Tom Jones

I am interested in all sports, especially football, having played at Middlesbrough FC for 10 years and Hull City. I have coached at all levels and age groups and have a passion for disability sport.


Sports - Athletics, Disability, Football, Multi

Toni Matthews

I have been involved in dance from the of 6 and began to teach at 16. I have a fun, friendly and energetic approach and enjoy creating a buzz about all styles of dance and fitness to any age group including adults. Dance is, and can be, for everyone!


Sports - Dance, Disability, Zumba


Jordan Thirsk

Neil Wilkinson

I am an ex professional footballer, having played for 4 years at Hartlepool United. Since my Sports Science degree I have concentrated on delivering sports to children aged 3 - 16 years. I am very enthusiastic and passionate about delivering inclusive sports to all children.


Sports - Cricket, Disability, Football, Multi, Tag Rugby