Key people

Director - Ashley Vickers

Ashley has worked with young people with challenging needs for 15 years, progressing to Head Of PE at two special needs schools in Dorset. He received the Pol Roget award for his work in America with young people who experienced behaviourally difficulty.

Ashley began Sportfit 6 years ago, initially travelling around the country alone delivering Sports to those young people who had previously been disengaged with anything active, or who were providing a challenge to society.

Sportfit now employs 110 people, and the original ethos of purposeful active support is one that all staff purvey.

Ashley was also a professional footballer counting Dagenham and Redbridge, Peterborough, Weymouth, Newport County and Eastleigh as former clubs.

Head of Support Services - Andy Harris

Andy is an experienced practitioner in post 16 provision, having worked in further education and the care industry for over 10 years. In his time with Sportfit, Andy has progressed from Project Manager to Area Manager and now, Head Of Support Services.

Andy is a qualified teacher and also holds the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care.

Andy’s unique approach and attention to detail has enabled both the young people placed with Sportfit, and staff members, to achieve positive results together and thus ensuring that purposeful support is ever present.

Andy was formerly a professional footballer and counts Liverpool, Southend United, Leyton Orient, Weymouth and Eastleigh amongst his previous teams. This sporting vein runs through the company.

Head of Operations - Danielle Piller

Danielle is a qualified accountant and experienced business manager. She brings an expert business eye to the company, ensuring properties are suited to each and every young person, staff are working efficiently and effectively and the overall running of the organisation is smooth

Project Managers

Melvin Rogers

Melvin Rogers is now leading out post 18 supported living program. An experienced and passionate practitioner who is Level 5 NVQ accredited. Melvin is an excellent footballer who again carries forward our active company ethos to those he and his staff support.

Becky Rogers

Head of Education – Becky Rogers comes to Sportfit with a wealth of knowledge in the education and care industry. Becky has over 18 years’ worth of experience in leading, managing and delivering qualifications for young people who have for one reason or another become disengaged. Throughout this time, Becky has delivered excellent success and achievement rates for Functional skills, Sport and Leisure, Public Services, Caring for Children, Art, ICT, Personal and Social Development course and Progression qualifications all above national averages data. Due to her success in her field thus far, Becky has been involved in delivering commissioned projects Europe wide to promote “staying on” in Education and demonstrating how this can be achieved for all. Becky has also been involved in the NIACE research project to identify why young people become NEET and barriers to returning to Education and the PCC “Zero NEET” Campaign.

Becky also is passionate about continued professional development for staff and leads on staff training. Her role includes delivering induction training, organising external training courses, mentoring staff and quality assurance.

Michelle Osborne

Michelle spent many of her younger years as a dancer and at the age of 17, she won a 3-year Scholarship to The Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. After her dance career, Michelle went on to become a very successful High-End Fashion Store Manager. Since joining Sportfit, Michelle has progressed within the company and on her journey Michelle has achieved a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and the Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings. Michelle always gives 100% and will go above and beyond her job role to ensure that the young people we accommodate are supported to the highest standard.

Dave Webb

Dave joined the care industry when graduating from university and has a degree in sports coaching, development and management. He has worked in the care industry for 6 years and has a high level of experience in working with challenging young people and teaching sport to students schools.

Dave has a real passion for sport and has played roller hockey / ice hockey for 18 years, playing for Great Britain and also playing professionally in Spain. He has completed his level 3 diploma in childcare and he aims to promote nutrition and sport to better our young people’s lives.

Max Ironside

Max joined Sportfit in 2016 following the completion of a Degree in Personal Training and Fitness. Max has since progressed in the organisation from Support Worker to Lead Support Worker to Project Manager gaining his NVQ L3 along the way. Max always gives 100% commitment and dedication when working with young people in helping them towards achieving their goals. In his spare time, Max is a gym enthusiast, a single figure golfer and a house DJ.

Cath McDermid

Cath has worked as a Health and Social Care practitioner for 14 years. Working for Sportfit for 5 years. Cath is Level 5 NVQ accredited. Cath has also completed several development courses. Cath gives 100% commitment and dedication to the young people she supports.

Kayleigh Brooks

autism ambasador of Southampton - Hampshire - Isle of Wight - PortsmouthKayleigh was previously managing hostels for service users with addiction and mental health issues. One of the houses she managed was specifically for sex workers, which involved working with those who had been abused and had suffered from very traumatic experiences. Around 5 years ago Kayleigh qualified as a counsellor under BACP accreditation, which has allowed her to progress on to an open degree, which she is currently completing through the open university. Her degree is covering units on brain development, psychology and youth studies. Kayleigh also has her health and social care level 2 and 3. She is very passionate about helping and supporting others, and enjoy completing any training or courses, that help her develop skills and knowledge, enabling her to implement better practice.

Richard Eatwell

Richard has worked for the company for many years, completing his Level 3 working with Children and Young People. Richard has progressed through the ranks to Team Leader, On Call Manager and now Project Manager. Richard has always had a passion for sport and has recently completed his second full marathon. He aims to promote an active and healthy lifestyle which brings positivity to the young people he supports.

Vanessa Lloyd Jones

Vanessa has been working in the Health and Social Care sector for 20 years. She has a wide knowledge base and brings this to her role as Project Manager. Vanessa started her journey with Sportfit 4 years ago, and during that time has occupied the positions of Support Worker, Domiciliary Care Manager and now Project Manager. Vanessa believes in building self-confidence and self-esteem in the young people we support and brings a holistic approach to her work.