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Alderney to benefit from new Youth Sport Development Officer

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Wednesday 31 July 2019

St Anne's school and the wider community in Alderney will now benefit from the appointment of a Youth Sport Development Officer.

The new role will draw on the expertise of the Guernsey Sports Commission and will be supported by the Committee forEducation, Sport and Culture and the Alderney Sports Foundation through the Primary School Sport Partnership.

In supporting the Sports Commission's work in primary schools, the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture agreed that the provision should be extended to St Anne's to ensure there was equity of provision across the Islands. The recent establishment of the Alderney Sports Foundation, led by Simon Brazier, has been key to forging a partnership with the Committee, the Guernsey Sports Commission and St Anne's School.

From September Tom Veillard, a recent graduate from Chichester University and Guernsey resident, will live and work in Alderney full-time. His time will be split between working in St Anne's under the guidance of the Headteacher Martin Winward, and supporting young people within Alderney's local sports clubs in coordination with the Alderney Sports Foundation.

The Sports Commission will be supporting throughout with advice and training as well as contributing £10,000 to the role.

Jeremy Frith - Guernsey Sports Commission and Education Officer said;

"We recognised the importance of creating an offer that was right for Alderney and it was important for us to have a more permanent presence on the Island. We think this is a significant step in supporting the development of sport in Alderney and a wonderful opportunity for the community, St Anne's and Tom to make some real progress alongside our other partners."

Simon Brazier - Founder, Alderney Sports Foundation said;

"The Alderney Sports Foundation works towards giving every child in Alderney a sporting chance. The appointment of Tom is a significant step forwards as we work with the Guernsey Sports Commission, St Anne's School and our committed local sports clubs to improve sporting participation."

Martin Winward - Headteacher, St Anne's School said;

"It is a great opportunity to be able to work closely with the Sports Commission and the CfESC in support of raising participation in sports for young people in Alderney. Promoting the benefits of an active lifestyle is close my heart and having the additional support to engage with clubs on-island is fabulous. This pro-active approach has been embraced by the school community and we are excited to see how this may progress in the future. The school is committed to developing the whole child; mind, body and soul."

Tom Veillard - Alderney Youth Sport Development Officer said;

"This opportunity allows me to continue my passion for coaching, sports development and teaching PE. I am really excited to be taking on this role and working with everyone involved to further develop sporting opportunities in Alderney."

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