Where we work
London & South East

From Guildford to Gillingham, Wycombe to Wimbledon, Sport Works is now operating across the Capital and South East region. Our programmes range from inclusive multi sports for children and young people with additional needs to educational intervention projects in schools to seat based exercise classes for older groups.

About location

Currently we are delivering projects that are benefiting a wide range of organisations across 16 of the 32 boroughs in London as well as well as many more in the home counties. We have partnered with many different types of organisations to assist them with vital support in the key areas of funding, project concept and delivery. The organisations that we are working in partnership with include disability clubs, community centres, sports clubs, churches, sporting charities, carers organisations, youth organisations, SEND schools and women only centres.

Often our sessions are fully funded meaning that we can work with those communities and individuals who are the most in need of support.

The SportWorks team care passionately about improving both health and educational standards across the country, so please do get in touch if you would like to discuss how we could work together.

Location Contact Details

Address:

Sport Works (London & South East)
Royal Quays Business Centre
Coble Dene
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE29 6DE

Current Programmes

Meet the team

Dan Hanscombe

Regional Manager

Dan Hanscombe

Regional Manager

Joining the team in December 2021, Daniel is responsible for the development of the SportWorks business within London and the South East. The key part of his role is to work with all our stakeholders to ensure programmes are developed to the highest standards and run smoothly throughout their lifespan. At the heart of this work is his aim to meet the needs of both participants and funders across the region, whilst offering more opportunities to those in need.

Before joining SportWorks Daniel spent 20 years working within the corporate and commercial fitness worlds across a wide range of roles. Working his way up from a Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer to national management roles, this experience gives him a great perspective of how to find the right solutions no matter the situation. Daniel is a great believer in the ‘right people principle’ and has developed a number of team via apprenticeship programmes, even featuring in the Evening Standard for his work on one of the first fitness industry schemes.

Away from work Daniel has a huge range of interests varying from being involved at his local rugby club to researching his family history. He has also put his ‘love of a chat’ to good use by working towards counselling and mental health first aid qualifications.

Please feel free to reach out to Daniel at dan.hanscombe@sportworksltd.co.uk for any support you may need.

Ernest Ako

Project Coordinator

Ernest Ako

Project Coordinator

Ernest is responsible for the smooth running of programmes throughout London and the South East of England. He ensures that all SportWorks’ projects are consistently meeting the needs of both participants and funders.

Before joining SportWorks Ernest lived in the USA for over 10 years coaching football in California before returning to London and working as an Operational Manager for a Basketball Charity in London. Ernest has previous experience developing a large variety of multi-sport programmes such as holiday camps, fitness programmes and community and inclusion session. Part of Ernest's role when he was a Coach Director in the USA was to develop and mentor coaches within the club.

Away from work, Ernest is a big sports fan and likes to watch live sporting events. He has previously attended the Super Bowl, Baseball World Series, FA Cup Final, Olympics events, Play-Off Finals and over 500 live football games.

Ernest.Ako@sportworksltd.co.uk

Matt Hill

Matt Hill

Managing Director

Matt Hill

Matt Hill

Managing Director

Matt joined SportWorks in 2018 having worked for a leading sports charity for ten years. Matt oversees our Regional Hubs on a national scale, developing new partnerships and business relationships to support more people to become physically active.

Matt has a strong background in both strategic planning and management of large projects within the sports and education sectors. A qualified teacher, Matt has extensive experience of designing, managing and delivering impactful programmes to young people, families and adults within a range of community settings.

Outside of work, Matt is a keen in sport and fitness fan and enjoys spending time with his young family.

matt.hill@sportworksltd.co.uk

John Newton

National Operations Manager

John Newton

National Operations Manager

John is responsible for everything quality related at SportWorks, including delivery, staff development and training throughout the country. He liaises directly with Regional Managers to ensure the standardisation of delivery and customer service are conducted to the highest possible standard.

John joined SportWorks in 2018 and before this he enjoyed ten-years of success within charitable foundations of both professional Football and Rugby Union clubs. John is highly qualified with a BSc Hons Applied Sports Coaching and recently obtained an International Diploma in Project Management. His knowledge in the sector makes John a great mentor for the development and training of our national staff, providing logistical and strategic support.

Away from work, John is a big sports fan and enjoys spending quality time with his wife, daughter and son.

john.newton@sportworksltd.co.uk

Who we work with

Through the power of sport, education and wellbeing, we make a positive impact to the nations well-being.

Community Organisations

Ranging from sport clubs, community centres

Charities

Our partnership with local charities include AHOY and Peabody

Schools and Colleges

We have several key school and college partnerships which host our education and skills programmes.

Local Authorities

Our work has been continuously supported by several local authorities across London and the South East.

Sailability

"The Sailability program is a group of adults with different disabilities. They meet once a week to take part in our watersports activities, and also provide their time to volunteer for us. The group has been impacted by the SportWorks programme in a number of ways. For many of our users its the only form of weekly exercise, so having SportWorks increase their activeness is excellent for their health and wellbeing. The combination of sports, games and fun help the group continue to make strong bonds with each other and develop their social and life skills.”

Our programmes and services

Inclusive sport

Using our extensive expertise to develop programmes for those with special educational needs or disabilities.

Community sport and wellbeing programmes

Supporting local projects to overcome local issues, be it inactivity, social engagement or lack of provision.

Focus populations

Ladies only, older athletes and underrepresented groups. We work with various associations to boost participation at all levels.

Short Breaks

Giving parents some time away from the amazing caring they do and children the chance to experience sporting activities whilst socialising and making new friends.

Holiday Activity with Food (HAF) Programmes

Supporting the national effort to make sure children stay active, gain nutritional knowledge and have at least one good meal a day during school holidays (now funded through 2022 and 2023)

Coming Soon! - programmes and services

Sport Leaders Qualifications

Using sport and physical activity to help young people develop and hone their leadership skills whilst staying physically active themselves.

Long Covid support programmes

This programme will support those suffering from Long Covid, tackling both the mental and physical issues that come from it in a supportive group environment.

Corporate Wellbeing

Let your wellness programme not only support your employees but also our projects in your local area

Job Opportunities

Casual Multi-Sport Coaches

Teaching & Activity Assistant – Part Time

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