Liam is an individual which is extremely passionate about nurturing, innovating and engaging young people within sports.
Liam is a former centre of excellence player of Oxford United, were Liam played for five years during his youth career. After being released by Oxford United during his GCSE’s, Liam went onto enrol upon a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Football at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. This is where Liam’s love and knowledge of football allowed himself to be captivated within education, football-based learning environments enabling Liam to develop understanding, knowledge and application around academia. Liam graduated from Hartpury College with Triple Grade Distinction* Distinction Distinction.
Following Liam’s academic success at Hartpury College, he decided to enrol upon a BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development degree at Southampton Solent University. During his time at University, Liam took on numerous opportunities and work placements, working with Sport Solent, Saints Foundation, Oxfordshire Junior Foxes, and Oxfordshire Skill Acquisition Academy, as well as obtaining his FA Youth Module Level 2, FA Level 2, Futsal Level 1 and Badminton Level 1.
As part of Liam’s degree he had to develop and coordinate a coaching innovation programme, were students tasked with developing a project that uses coaching, sport or physical activity to address social needs within Hampshire. Liam and two other students developed a programme called ‘Link Up Play’. Link Up Play used cross-curricular physical activity in order to assist Key Stage 2 pupils with core Literacy skills. The specific aim is to increase concentration and confidence within the participants by focusing on syllabus relevant areas, whilst using football as an enjoyable tool.
In 2017, Liam graduated from Southampton Solent University with a 1st Class BA (Hons) degree in Sports Coaching and Development. Following University, Liam enjoyed 2 years at The Crescent Primary School as a PE Teacher, before leaving to take up a post at Places Leisure as a Contract Sports Development Manager, as well as managing and delivering his Link Up Play programmes in local Hampshire primary schools.
Liam is now part of the IDPE & Sport team in a full-time capacity, where his directorship was previously more advisory with some odd coaching hours. Liam is responsible for managing and driving sports development, as well as delivering PE and School Sports at Peel Common Junior School in Gosport.