Associates and trustees

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Steve Bartlett

Steve has a wealth of experience and expertise gained from working within the world of sport; his career spans over 20 years, 17 of which were spent in football development. Whilst working at Colchester United Community Sports Trust (formerly Football in the Community), where he trained and coached Jordan and Abigail, he started providing activities for disabled footballers in partnerships with schools, local authorities and designated projects. He then pioneered the Trust's disability football activities for 6 years as social inclusion manager, seeking and securing funding and establishing some key projects and partnerships for local disability sporting activities.

Throughout his immense experience and involvement in disability sport Steve earned the titles of Regional Disability Football Coordinator in London, FA Regional Head Scout, Tutor, Disability Equality & Advisory Group member, South London Special League Trustee. He currently works fulltime as a lecturer in further education as well as part-time with the FA in various disability football positions, including England’s Deaf Futsal Coach.

Steve Downey

Steve is a highly qualified and knowledgeable individual with over 20 years of experience working in grass-roots and elite structures of football. He was awarded the UEFA ‘A’ Licence in 2006. His previous positions include Colchester United Community Sports Trust Community Projects Manager and Colchester United Head of Youth. He possesses long-term experience of mentoring and managing teams of full-time and part-time delivery staff, supervision and appraisal systems.

He is a FA Licenced Coach and Coach Educator delivering Level 1, Level 2 and Module 1 courses. He is currently a FA Club Mentor and the Technical Director for the Essex FA Girl’s Centre of Excellence. He is from Belfast, lives in Colchester and is a lecturer in sports coaching at Colchester Institute. Some of his students have progressed to work for our organisation.

John Saxon

John is a former Paramedic, working with the county ambulance service for 15 years before he decided to retrain as a primary school teacher. John brings an abundance of practical experience, advice and support to the entire Disability4Sport team and board, not only because of his medical and educational background but also during last 7 years John has assisted at Shorefields School, an all age special school for young people with a range of severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties.

With responsibility for the older pupils attending the school’s college (14-19 years), which the Ofsted 2013 report describes as “outstanding because of the way in which learning is tailored to each individual student”, John and his colleagues are very much focused on helping every individual achieve as much independence and social awareness as possible.

During his career John has seen how sport and leisure activities have played a big part in helping young people gain positive experiences and learn key skills for their future. He has also witnessed the changes that opportunities, such as those offered by Disability4Sport, can make in young people’s lives, whatever their ability or disability.

Jaquie Haywood

Jacqui is a personal fitness trainer with over 25 years of experience in health related fitness, rehabilitation, cardiology and disability sport. She is a REPS level 4 fitness Instructor, a British Association Cardiac Rehabilitation phase four instructor, a fit kids instructor, a running coach with England Athletics and she holds a British Sign Language level 1 qualification. She has volunteered at Dovedales Disability Sports Club in Chelmsford for children with disabilities and attended many regional disability sporting events all over the country helping to support disabled children to become more active with sport. She is currently studying for a BSc in Nutrition and Human Health and has recently completed a person centred counselling course at University campus Suffolk.

During her career, Jacqui founded Pro-Motion, a hospital based health related fitness business based at the Oaks Hospital Colchester, where she worked for seven years in a hospital physiotherapy department helping people with different physical limitations to become healthier through specific fitness training. She was also the manager of the fitness centre at Ardleigh Hall Squash Club.

Linda Green

Linda is the operations director at Green Square Communications, a creative design and web company based in Colchester. With a successful business background in all things media related she has 30 years’ experience working within the PR, design, print, advertising, marketing, multimedia and event management sectors.d

Skilled at multi-tasking and managing multiple disciplines, financially and operationally, Linda brings a wealth of support, advice and direction to Disability4Sport. Throughout her career she has been presented with several business achievement awards for encouraging excellence and integrity, and commended for initiating strong business connections.

Passionate about ‘giving back’ to the local community, Linda is a director of a charity that assists young vulnerable people in Colchester and Tendring and a trustee of The Invicta Foundation, which supports injured troops and their families. She is also a former governor for a special educational needs school in Colchester.

Steve Green

With a hugely successful background in sales, marketing and production management Steve is a naturally brilliant ‘ideas’ person and he brings an abundant of guidance and direction to Disability4Sport.

Steve has worked within the marketing, creative design and print industry, in every department and process, ever since he left college in the 1970’s. He is now the Managing Director of Green Square Communications, a Colchester based creative design and print company, who offer the full spectrum of marketing services.

All who know Steve will know he is passionate about his local community – he’s an avid Colchester United fan, and he is also is a trustee, mentor and board member of several local charities and organisations aimed at improving health and well-being within the community.

Alan Brown