This year has been an exciting one for the business: we’re helping more schools than ever battle the childhood obesity crisis – so this summer we’ve been searching for someone to join the EdStart team, with the same passion for building our business & dedication to children’s fitness.
And we’ve found just the person!
Paul Barrett is EdStart’s latest recruit, supporting the development of the business, from growing our franchisee programme, to spreading the word about EdStart’s innovative software – so we can continue to help children across the UK.
Here’s a quick-fire round of questions & answers, so you can find out more about Paul and the exciting plans ahead:
Is children’s fitness something you’ve always been interested in?
I’ve been working within the children’s sport and activity sector for over ten years, so encouraging children to get active is something very important to me.
I’m also a UEFA A License coach and have just completed my 20th season of football coaching! I moved to Manchester to attend Manchester University where I completed a degree in Leisure Management. I soon become involved with Broadheath Central JFC before, in 2002, establishing Didsbury Juniors Football Club (which has over 150 playing members). I’ve also run my own company, Didsbury Football Services which delivered football coaching in schools in the Didsbury area.
What are you set to do, as part of the EdStart team?
I’ve hit the ground running since I joined the company, developing relationships across the UK.
I’ve also been helping raise awareness of EdStart’s work within schools, now that the children are back from the summer holidays, introducing teachers and local authorities to our health and fitness software.
It’s great to get stuck into a new challenge and help spread the word about how important it is to get children active, both inside and outside of school. The challenge is to never stand still and ensure that EdStart’s delivery to the schools is the highest quality possible.
What’s the best part of your job?
Children always challenge you and the education sector is constantly changing and evolving. No two days are the same and so it means that working with children, schools, coaches and teaching staff always keeps you on your toes and most importantly is interesting.
Supporting children develop and grow is a wonderful thing, as is being able to support a teacher or coach acquire new knowledge, which they can pass on to learners.