Danny - Sports Development Officer
Tell us a little bit about yourself – Your work background, your interests…
I have worked as a community sports development professional in local government for over 13 years. My current role includes managing Wiltshire StreetGames, a programme that works with hard to reach young people from disadvantaged communities.
Before local government I travelled and worked across the globe including working for VSO as a teacher in a South African township school, coaching female soccer at Redlands University, California and working in the Swiss Alps as a cook and guide. Outside of work I am a passionate about my family and Manchester United. My sports participation includes swimming, surfing, winter ski trips and 5 a side football. I also run a Stand up Paddle Board (SUP) club in Bath, teach newcomers to the sport and take part in both the inland and coastal water racing series.
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
180m Bungee Jump out of a Cable Car in Stechelberg, Switzerland.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be and what would you eat?
Four individuals: Penelope Cruz/Nelson Mandela/Kelly Slater and Barak Obama.
Food: Fillet Steak, Herb Fries, Greens, Sauce and A quality Red Wine.
What is your favourite book or film, and why?
Back to the Future – it’s just a classic you can watch again and again.
What is your ideal holiday destination?
Echo Beach - Bali
What's the best thing about working at Wiltshire Council, and your job specifically?
Working within the sports development team is dynamic and challenging; I enjoy the varied workload, where I can be writing a business strategy in the morning and then outdoors at a skate park in the afternoon working with young people. Empowering, developing and mentoring young people/volunteers is both a challenging and rewarding part of my role. There is a lot of satisfaction gained from working with a hard to reach young person over a long period of time - seeing them achieve goals they hadn’t previously thought possible. Having studied Sports Development and Leisure at HND, BA (Hons) and MA level, I am happy to be applying my study, experience and research in a sector I am committed to.