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YSF appoints new lead for Education and School Sport

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Posted 10th March 2020

Former primary school teacher and education consultant, Alex Ogden, has joined the team at Yorkshire Sport Foundation as Education and School Sport Manager.

Alex will lead the Active Partnership’s support of primary schools in South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, providing impartial advice on how to use the PE and Sport Premium in the most impactful and sustainable way.

A particular focus will be progressing the Creating Active Schools framework.  The framework was developed collaboratively with a range of local, national and international experts, including headteachers from across Yorkshire.  It aims to embed activity in the ethos of a school, and has been published recently in a prestigious academic journal.

He will also be responsible for leading the PE and School Sport team in a number of projects and programmes, including Sport England’s children and young people Active Lives survey; the YSF Centre of Excellence initiative; and the collaborative approach to deliver the Yorkshire Primary PE and Sport Premium Awards.

After spending 12 years in primary schools across Bradford and Leeds – including many as the PE and sport lead – Alex left the profession to setup his own education consultancy.  He was the founder of Burn2Learn, training schools nationwide on physically active learning, and strategies to get children active across the curriculum.

“My experiences of physical activity at school have shaped my life,” said Alex. “The benefits that children get from sport and activity are incredible, so that’s why I’m here.  It feels like a natural progression from the last couple of years where I’ve been going into schools, working with teachers and trying to influence headteachers.

“This is a great opportunity to continue that work on a bigger scale for an organisation with a strong reputation, particularly in this area of work.

“We want to put PE at the heart of every school.  It is a challenge, as I know how headteachers can often think, but I hope my experience can help break down some of those barriers.”

Dan Wilson, Director of Development at Yorkshire Sport Foundation, and one of the foremost figures in the development of the Creating Active Schools framework that is being tested as part of the JU:MP project is Bradford, is confident Alex will bring a new dimension to the role.

“Alex brings an exciting new perspective to the role of Education and School Sport Manger,” he said.

“His appointment will see our school support work through a new lens. Having only recently left teaching and working with schools across the country in his role as a consultant, Alex will bring fresh, first-hand insight into how schools operate.  I know he will quickly set about working alongside the rest of the team here across West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

“His specific expertise in the methodologies of physically active learning will enable him to further our work on the Creating Active Schools Framework.”

For more information on the work Yorkshire Sport Foundation do to support primary schools, and details of the Creating Active Schools framework, visit www.yorkshiresport.org/PrimaryPE

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