History of the charity

The Jersey Sport Foundation was founded in April 2014 to support the development of cutting edge performance support environments and pathways in local sport, as well as provide scientific support services to coaches and athletes. The ultimate objective of which is to develop a system of predictable and sustainable performance results from Jersey’s athletes. 

The JSF works closely with local sports associations to identify how the JSF can add significant value. Additionally, the JSF aims to enhance delivery  across local athlete pathways through strategic change management and coach education services.

The organisation is passionate about local people and invests heavily in developing local expertise. We believe sport in Jersey is unique and our people must be internationally influenced but locally relevant.   

Since our inception the JSF has been fortunate to work with high performing athletes that have a desire to reach the top level in their sports. Over this time we have gown with sports and witnessed countless achievements of athletes, coaches and sports who have been involved in our programmes where the support has added significant value .  Our vision is to continue to invest heavily into exceptional staff and quality programmes that make impact on the local level, helping making winners in sport and life along the way. 

The JSF provides support to a large number of local athletes and sports though our Performance Programme, Talent Programme and Consultancy Programme. These programmes incorporate effective performance approaches such as strength and conditioning, sport medicine, physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle and psychology, talent detection, talent identification and talent transfer. 

Who’s Involved

John Scriven MSc, BA (Hons), ASCC

Head of Services

John has been part of the Jersey Sport Foundation since its inception in 2014. His role involves technical leadership and development of the all areas of the Foundation’s activities, which include the Performance Programme, Physical Literacy, Athlete Development Pathways and Coach Education.

Prior to joining the Jersey Sport Foundation, John was self-employed as a Strength Coach and Injury Prevention Specialist. In addition to this, he also spent three years managing the Physical Education Curriculum at HMP La Moye and eight years teaching sport and fitness related qualifications at Highlands College.

John has a particular interest in the enhancement of the sport performance environment in Jersey to heighten opportunities for the development of athletes. Amongst multiple vocational qualifications, John holds a MSc in High Performance Athlete Development, a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies, full ASCC accreditation as a UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as being published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health in the areas of physical activity/literacy.

Peter Irving BSc (Hons), ASCC

Performance Programme Manager

Peter leads the Performance Programme which involves providing technical support to senior level performance athletes in Jersey. Peter also enjoys working within the other areas of the Foundation, particularly Physical Literacy, Coach Education and Athlete Lifestyle.

Prior to working at the Jersey Sport Foundation, Peter spent 8 years working within the States of Jersey Children’s Service working within the residential setting looking after young and vulnerable people. During this time Peter was actively involved with the One Foundation as a Part-Time Strength and Conditioning Coach, whilst also competing at national level in athletics. Peter holds a BSc in Sports Coaching, is a fully accredited UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach and is currently working towards a Talented Athlete Advisor Accreditation.

Sam Morris MSc, BSc (Hons), ASCC

Performance Practitioner

Sam originally joined the Jersey Sport Foundation via our Performance Internship pathway while still studying at University for his BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science, MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology and PG Dip in Sport Nutrition. Recently Sam has been published in the field of performance nutrition, specially looking at the impact of nucleotide supplementation on sprint performance.

Since graduating, Sam joined the team as a full time employee taking the role of Assistant Performance Coach. During his time working with the JSF Sam had taken on a range of responsibilities, and had demonstrated his ability to make big impact on the development of athletes, and as such now holds the position of full Performance Practitioner working principally within the Performance Programme and also leading on nutrition. Sam works with a range of athletes and abilities developing performance movement based programmes and educating athletes on performance enhancement.

Sam’s interests and specific specialisms are in the fields of performance nutrition, physical literacy and youth movement skill development. He is a fully accredited UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach as well as a Graduate Registrant on SENR.

Jo Cabot MSc, BSc (Hons)

Education & Research Practitioner

Jo brings a huge amount of passion, knowledge and experience to the organisation and will strengthen and expand the JSF's work in emerging project areas/programmes such as Talent Services, Athlete Monitoring, Performance Movement, Education and Research.

Previous to working with the JSF, Jo was a Soft Tissue Therapist at Mountain Rehab, France and previous to that a Performance Coach and Soft Tissue Therapist at Elevate Performance Academy, Jersey.

Jo currently holds both a MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. She is also a published author in the Journals of BMC Public Health and Physiol Genomics, in the areas of Physical Activity and Gene Polymorphism.

Youth development and movement science are Jo’s passions, and she hopes to influence JSF’s new and exciting athlete projects with her passion and knowledge of these areas.

Simon Lange-Smith MSc, BSc (Hons), MBPsS

Psychology Lead, Sport & Exercise Psychologist in training

Simon originally joined the Jersey Sport Foundation in 2013 as a performance fencer, and went on to perform at national and Commonwealth level. Since then, Simon has completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology, and an MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

After graduating, Simon returned to Jersey and is now working as our Psychology Lead at the Jersey Sport Foundation. He works across the different programmes offered by the Jersey Sport Foundation, with particular focus on the Performance Programme.

Simon is studying the Professional Doctorate in Sport and Exercise Psychology (DSportExPsy) to obtain his Stage 2 qualification as a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and also voluntarily coaches Fencing on the island.

Simon’s interests in applied practice include mental skills training, development of adaptive psychological attributes, and performance counselling. Simon also retains strong research interests, with emphasis on sports vision, perception and attention.

Greg Banner MSc, BSc (Hons)

Performance Practitioner

Greg holds a Master’s Degree in S&C from Edith Cowan University, Australia and a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Brighton University. He has a significant background as a rugby S&C coach and previously held the position of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Jersey Rugby Football Club. Greg also completed the prestigious 12 month internship with Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Greg works part time for the JSF Performance Programme and works full time for Channel Television.

Greg is passionate about the implementation of scientifically driven athletic development programmes whilst initialing important mindset, and team work values obtained from is experience in performance rugby; as well as helping athletes develop their brand through expert media skills.

Demri Mitchell

Consultant

As an ex-national triathlon athlete supported by the JSF Performance Programme, Demri served for two years on the JSF Performance Internship, during which time he realised the in depth study of human movement science was his calling.

Demri is currently living in London studying Osteopathic Medicine, and provides expert consultancy to the JSF Performance team in the area of movement science and injury prevention.

Sophie Le Blond fCMgr, ACMI

Foundation Coordinator

Sophie has been part of the Jersey Sport Foundation team since its inception in 2014. As Foundation Coordinator, Sophie manages the operational aspects of the organisation including regulatory and in house administration as well as co-managing the partnerships the JSF holds with sporting associations and organisations on the Island.

Through a partnership with the JSF, Sophie is the Administrator for the Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey and travelled with Team Jersey to the Gold Coast 2018 Games as part of the Management Team. After the Games she was awarded the coveted Ken Webb Award which is presented to individuals who have made a difference on the Commonwealth stage. The recipient of the award is voted for by the Jersey team members who travelled to the Games.

Sophie is an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Management Institute and has completed the Level 3 First Line Management Diploma. She also holds a Foundation Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Paul Frankham, PGDipHSc, BHSc Phys, MCSP

Physiotherapist/Director of Performance Physiotherapy

Paul hails from Auckland, New Zealand. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from the Auckland University of Technology, he worked at one of the country’s busiest sports physiotherapy clinics in the South Island of New Zealand, primarily treating ski and snowboard-related injuries. After specialising in the field he became a physiotherapist for the men’s US Ski Team’s Alpine World Cup team, travelling in Europe and abroad with the team for three years.

In 2013, Paul began his postgraduate university studies and graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (musculoskeletal physiotherapy). Paul has over 11 years of experience working in private practice physiotherapy and with elite sports teams, and continues to work closely with the US Ski Team. In 2014 he traveled as physio with Team USA to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Debbie Thompson, Chartered Psychologist. AFBPsS.

Sport and Exercise Psychologist in Training

Debbie is currently completing her Professional Doctorate (PhD) in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University to gain her stage 2 qualification as a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.

After originally qualifying and working as a physiotherapist, Debbie has spent the past 18 years lecturing and teaching psychology. Since 2013 she has pursued her interest and specialised in sport and exercise psychology.

As a competitive shooter herself, she regularly competes and represented Jersey at the 2017 Island Games, winning a bronze medal. She has also acted as Manager for Shooting at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Island Games.

Debbie is specialises in areas such as anxiety, motivation, confidence, goal setting and transition in sport. Work maybe undertaken with athletes, coaches and parents to help improve sporting performance either with individuals or teams.

Debbie may be contacted at: sportpsychologyjersey@gmail.com

Paul Greenwood

Talent Programme Manager

Paul has an exceptional passion for youth talent development pathways and disability sport. He brings over thirty years of high level talent development and performance management skills from the finance industry and is able to apply them directly to youth athlete management. Paul's other passion is disability sport, where he has been central in the development of his daughter to become a world level para-athlete.

Paul's role includes the set up and development of Talent Detection, ID, Development and Transfer Programmes within the JSF services.