I am passionate about sport and have a lifetime involved in it!
As a youngster, my main sport was swimming and I achieved national-level as a sprint breastroker for Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club in North London. I also represented my school and/ or university in swimming, cross country, football, cricket and rugby union.
I like to keep fit, follow Man U (for my sins), enjoy good food and I like historical documentaries and travelling abroad.
I am married with three children and two grand children.
I teach to make a positive difference to the world.
I do this by endeavouring, through my work, to support all students to fulfil their potential in and through sport.
By facilatating students to strive to be the best they can be, others can also benefit through the development of existing and the creation of new quality opportunities.
'Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways. The point however, is to change it' (Karl Marx).
'It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years' (Abraham Lincoln).
'Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself' (George Bernard Shaw).
'There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits' (Old adage).
'Your mind is like a parachite. It only works when it's open' (Anthony J. D'Angelo).
'If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that’ (Stephen King).
'Our lives are made up of time, and the quality of our existence depends on our wise use of the moments we are given’ (Alexandra Stoddard).
‘It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time’ (Rachael Bermingham).
‘The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people' (Theodore Roosevelt).
'Actions speak louder than words' (Old adage).
'Treat others as you want to be treated' (Old adage).
'You never get a second chance to make a first impression' (Old adage).
‘The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary' (Vince Lombardi).
'What is past is prologue' (William Shakespeare).
'Failing to plan is planning to fail' (Old adage).
'Dear Noah, We could have sworn you said the ark wasn’t leaving until 5! Yours sincerely, the
Unicorns (Old adage).
'Excellence is an art won by training and habituation' (Aristotle).
‘Good, better, best; never let it rest till your good is better and your better is best’ (Tim Duncan).
I shall be utilising a range of tools, including: presentations, discussions/ debates, one-to-one and group-work activities, problem-solving and assignment activities.
Involving you in your own learning i.e. taking responsibility for yourselves!
PGCAP - Distinction
BA (Hons) - First Class
Sports coach UK Tutor
Amateur Swimming Association Coach
Equality and Diversity Essentials
I have 26 years industry-based experience featuring posts in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors. These have included:
Regional Development Manager - Sport England
Club Development Consultant - Sport Cheshire and Liverpool John Moores University
Sports Development Officer - Humberside County Council and Kingston-Upon-Hull City Council
Director of Teaching and Squad Coach - Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club
Contracts Assistant - BBC TV Sport
Sales Operative - Hospitality Group Ltd.
MMU Cheshire Recruitment and Admissions for the BA (Hons) Coaching and Sport Development programme.
Member of the Academic Interest Group - sport development.
Unit leader for:
Developing Professional and Academic Practice (Level 4)
Volunteering (Level 5)
Sport: Policy, Planning and Practice (Level 6)
Unit Coordinator for:
Sport, in all its forms (such as physical activity, PE, exercise, recreation, training and competition) has the capacity to develop and elevate the individual in so many ways. For example: physically, psychologically, technically, emotionally, socially and culturally.
Sport also has the potential to build national pride through the success of our ahletes and teams; and to faciliate society become more inclusive, healthier and better educated. It can help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, regenerate communities and promote tourism.
Involvement too can take on numerous forms. As a participant/ performer, PE teacher, leader, coach, volunteer, official, administrator, manager, spectator, sports scientist/ medic, development officer, educator, politician, policy-maker, writer/ broadcaster.....
In short..... 'Sport is human life in microcosm' (Howard Cosell). A subject with endless learning opportunities and a multitude of vocational possibilities.
UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT - THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PE AND SCHOOL SPORT POLICY AND DELIVERY
I am interested in supervising projects in the following areas:
Approach - review of literature, case study/ placement or journal article
Method - secondary desk research, interviews (thoughts, feelings and experiences of key stakeholders), critical reflection
Recommendations - suggestions for improvement i.e. tackling barriers/ constraints and taking advantage of opportunities
PE and school sport policy and practice.
Chapter in an edited book:
Gold, J.A. (2012) 'The same difference: a review of Conservative and Labour government physical education and school sport policy 1988-2010'. In Day, D. (ed.) Sports and coaching - pasts and futures. Crewe: Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire Instutute for Performance Research.
Conference contribution - Invited papers:
Gold, J.A. (2012) 'The evolution of the five hour offer for youth sport: the experiences and perceptions of policy-makers, managers and practitioners.' Paper presented at: The International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport. Glasgow, 19-24 July 2012.
Gold, J.A. (2011) 'The evolution of the 5 hour offer for youth sport: the perceptions and experiences of policy-makers and practitioners.' Paper presented at: Sports and coaching - pasts and futures. Manchester Metropolitan University Institute for Performance Research.
Memnber of the Higher Edication academy.
Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.