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. He has worked in the care industry for a number of years, progressing to Project Manager, Area Manager and now Head Of Care.
Andy is a qualified teacher and an FA Affiliated Tutor. Andy still maintains a position within the FA delivering coaching courses to the candidate coaches.
Andy’s unique approach and attention to detail have enabled both the young people placed with us and staff, 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
A former power lifting champion, who again has passed this dedication and aspiration onto those he works with. Adrian is also our safe restraint trainer, qualified in Team Teach training provision. He works in house and also with other companies.
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.
With 18 years of experience, in managing and leading her own department in post 16 education for NEET and SEN young people, Becky has joined the Sportfit team as a Project Manager. Becky brings a wealth of knowledge and passion in helping young people succeed in their goals and move towards independence. Becky has competed internationally for England in Athletics and still likes to play and watch all sports. Becky is also a keen sailor.
Andy has again progressed through our ranks, he sets a fine example to both young people and staff. His work ethic and enthusiasm are second to none.
Michelle spent many her younger years as a dancer and then won a 3 year Scholarship to Doreen Bird College of performing Arts when she was 17 years old. She then went on to being a very successful High End Fashion Store Manager for many years. Since joining the company she has progressed up the ladder and her work within this sector is effortless. She will go above and beyond her job role to ensure the young people we currently have are supported to the highest standard.
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.
Educated in the United States as my family moved there when I was very young. Returned to the UK and began playing Professional basketball also represented England on over fifty occasions, highlight of this winning a Commonwealth Gold medal in New Zealand in 1983 . I began working for Hampshire county council in the Children’s services department in 1996, and worked in residential homes throughout the county at a team supervisory level. I completed my NVQ level three in Childcare as well as Pillars of Parenting Emotional warmth childcare qualification. I was also a Team Teach instructor for Hampshire County Council.
Cath manages our Domiciliary Support. She has overseen constant activity provision and hourly support for a great number of young people, giving them great enjoyment and parents/carers a much needed break.
Kayleigh 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 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.