History of the charity

The Jersey Sport Foundation was founded in April 2014 to assist the development of emerging and established athletes in Jersey. The JSF works closely with local Sports Associations to identify how the JSF can provide support to athletes. Additionally, the JSF aims to maintain the development and delivery of local athlete pathways, coach education services and Physical Literacy in the community.

Since inception the JSF have been fortunate to work with high performing athletes that have a desire to reach the top level in their sports. The JSF’s target is to continue to work with these athletes, as well as providing the building blocks for emerging athletes to reach the same level. The JSF provides support to a large number of local athletes through a Performance Programme. The programme incorporates strength and conditioning, massage therapy, physiotherapy and nutrition. Through this the JSF hope to provide the support necessary to help local athletes achieve their sports dreams.

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 sporting environment in Jersey to heighten opportunities for the development of athletes. Amongst multiple vocational qualifications, John holds a MSc in High Performance Development, a BA (Hons) in Sports Studies, as well as full ASCC accreditation as a UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Peter Irving BSc (Hons), ASCC

Performance Programme Manager

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

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 and is currently qualifying as a UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach.

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, and MSc in Sport and Exercise Physiology. 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 within the Performance Programme. 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.

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


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