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Team Leaders

Team Leaders

The Commonwealth Games NGB Team Leaders play a vital role in the success of Team England at the Games.  They are an integral part of: the build-up to the games in terms of information gathering and dissemination, administration and management; during the games as a crucial team member for daily organisation, motivation and support to their sport and Team England; and after The Games  as a participant in the overall Team England evaluation.

Athletics
Scott Grace
 

Scott is a Level 4 Performance coach for Sprints, Hurdles and Relays. Scott has extensive experience working as an International Team Leader and Team Coach for both England and Great Britain & Northern Ireland. In the past two year’s Scott has acted as the Team Leader for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games Athletics Team in Samoa and 2016 European Youth Champs Great Britain & Northern Ireland team.

In 2014 Scott was part of the successful Commonwealth Games England Athletics Team Staff in Glasgow. Scott acted as a Team Coach for Sprints, Hurdles  and Combined Events at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games and 2013 & 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships. 

 
Beach Volleyball
Adi Fawcett
 

Adi is currently Talent Manager at Volleyball England, responsible for managing the training and competition programmes for 10 national squads across beach and indoor, all age groups, men and women.  Her previous experience includes working for Rowing Australia and the GB Rowing Team in talent ID, coaching, and finding and developing medal winning athletes for national teams.

Adi has a passion for high performance sport and supporting both athletes and coaches to be the best they can be.

 
Boxing
David Thorley
 

David Thorley is the Talent Pathway Manager at England Boxing, responsible for the structures in place to ensure every boxer fulfils their potential and creating world-class boxers from schools through to elite age brackets. Prior to this role, David worked at the International Cricket Council for seven years as the global lead for women’s cricket and overseeing a period of significant positive change. Other previous roles were at UK Sport and Lancashire County Cricket Club giving David a great deal of experience across sporting environments.

 
Judo
Nicole Nunn
 

Nicole is an ex-international athlete having competed for GB, currently holding a UKCC Level 3 coaching qualification and a 4th Dan black belt.

She has worked for British Judo since 2011 as Development Coach/Officer and Regional Manager. During this time, Nicole worked with the England Programme as a coach supporting players at UK and international events and training camps.

Nicole moved into her current role of England Talent Pathway Coordinator for England Judo in 2016. Within this role she is reponsible for managing the training and competition programme for the Pre-Cadet, Cade and Junior squads.

 
Rugby 7s
Claudia Brightman
 

Claudia worked at IMG as PA to Sir Nick Faldo for 4 years which included his Ryder Cup Captaincy moving into the world of rugby. Claudia joined the RFU in 2006 as PA to the CEO.  During that time Claudia played her part in various transformations of the RFU before working on the 2003 RWC ten year anniversary weekend and the 2011 RWC send off dinner.

In 2013 Claudia moved over to join England 2015 and work on the Rugby World Cup running the Tournament Guest and Protocol team. Claudia has now returned to the RFU as the England 7’s Ops Team Manager.

 
Swimming
Fred Furniss
 

Fred is employed by England Programmes as the Performance swimming TDO. Fred has been a swim coach for 30 years plus, being a national team coach at all levels from Junior to Senior World Championships. During this time, Fred has coached over 60 plus International swimmers at all levels up to and including Worlds and Olympic Games.

Fred is delighted to be a team leader for the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017 , giving him the opportunity to work with  athletes and staff that share the same values of passion, desire, dedication and commitment. 

 
Tennis
Sophie Thomas
 

Sophie played tennis competitively as a junior and then went to University in Cardiff to study Sport and PE. Following university she worked as a personal trainer and fitness class instructor for 2 years before moving back to London to start work at the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). She has been working for the LTA for 6 years now and in her current role in the performance team for 3 years.

Sophie’s day to day role involves working across all the national teams from U12’s up to the Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams organising their trips and events. Sophie is looking forward to working on this multi-sport event.

 
 
  Lawn Bowls
 

 

 
  Lawn Bowls