Josh Stevenson, Project Coordinator
Hi, I’m Josh and I come from Nuthall. I’m a very active person and have always been involved in sport, playing competitive football and other sports from a young age.
After leaving school, I went to South Nottingham College where I completed a BTEC in Sports Coaching and Fitness. While studying there, I became involved with a charity called “Balls to Poverty”. This enabled me to visit South Africa and Uganda to coach and give out sports equipment to poverty-stricken areas.
I’ve been to South Africa three times and Uganda once. I visited Kampala in Uganda, and Cape Town and Mbashe in South Africa. I love going, as each time we go, children really look up to us as coaches and we can see the enjoyment on their faces. We give footballs and rugby balls to schools and community leaders so they can distribute them. There are a number of football leagues in townships which have been set up as a result of the work we’ve done, and I’ve helped to coach coaches, erect goal posts and painted schools while I was there. Ever since my trips, I’ve wanted to continue to coach.
Recently, I completed my Personal Trainer course and am really enjoying working at FITC. I love the variety of coaching we do and being involved in a wide range of projects. As I’ve got a background in fitness, I enjoy helping people to lose weight and get fit so I enjoy working on Motivate as I want to develop skills in that area.
In January 2013 I had a break from FITC where I went to Mexico for 5 months as a sports coach. It was a great experience for me seeing a different culture and way of life. I feel I gained a wealth of experience whilst out there and learnt some new methods of coaching that will help me in the future at FITC.
September 2013 saw me take up the new role as “Inclusive Sports Officer”. I look forward to interacting with and inspiring adults and young people from different backgrounds and abilities to get involved with a range of sports provided by the new Kicks programme that I am heading.