Adam Rowles shares his story about how he first became part of the EdStart team, a typical day and his proudest moments as area manager of Bury & Bolton.
How did you first get involved in EdStart?
I first became involved with EdStart working as a part time sports coach within the Salford area. It was Ashley Greenhalgh (another area manager) who first mentioned that EdStart were looking to employ new and passionate sports coaches and I was immediately interested. The first time I met Chris Irwin was during my interview, he made me feel relaxed and welcome during the interview and scheduled an observation date for me.
What’s your role at EdStart?
My role at EdStart is to oversee the sports coaching and deliverance across the Bury and Bolton areas and to make sure we continue to provide the best sports provision possible in all our schools.
What is a typical day at EdStart?
A typical day will consist of sports coaching in schools, as well as monitoring the development of my sports coaches in other schools. I speak with schools regularly to make sure we maintain our professionalism and the strong relationships we currently have in place. During the week, I tend to take lots of phone calls and emails in relation to half term holiday camps from parents and schools etc.
What’s your proudest moment at EdStart?
Every day I achieve another proud moment, whether it be a child learning to do something that they previously couldn’t or a school/parent ringing with positive feedback. The proudest moment though has to be the day I signed as EdStart’s area manager. I was extremely excited to begin and bring my knowledge and experience of sports coaching into a new area, knowing that even more children would benefit from our provision.
What’s the best bit about the job? And the worst bit?
The best bit about the job is getting up each morning knowing that I get to do something that I love. I get to see children develop, grow older and see their progression through sport. The worst bit about the job has to be the paperwork as it tends to go into evenings and weekends, but this is a small price to pay knowing the next morning I get to do what I love again.
What’s coming up in 2017 that you’re excited about?
This year is going to be our biggest and best yet. More schools have signed up with EdStart and I’m looking forward to bringing our expertise into new schools so we can benefit the lives of even more children. I can’t wait to get started in September!
What about outside of EdStart? What hobbies and interests do you have?
I’m very much the same person in and out of work. I love playing sports and socialising with family and friends. I work very closely with a local football club, which has always been a passion of mine as well.