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Claire Newton

What is your job role?

Project activator – Overseeing and developing two new and exciting projects.

Prairie Soccer Leagues – Developing local  football leagues for the community of Burnley and surrounding areas of the Prairie Sports Village. Leagues are friendly and competitive and open to all abilities. The leagues are based at a fantastic new facility which also offers a golf driving range and bar & bistro for after match refreshments. Fully registered with Lancashire FA and overseen by experienced and qualified referees.

The Boathouse – Overseeing the day to day running of The Boathouse. A facility that offers Outdoor adventure in Burnley’s Thompson Park . Boat hire, kayak and Canadian Canoes, Archery, Xplorer (Orienteering for young people). Alongside a kiosk selling refreshments. Raising awareness and engaging with local schools and communities  for usage of this activity. Opening the boathouse for private hire to groups and developing parties based at the Boathouse.

What qualifications do you have?

  • Level 3  Project management
  • ILM Level 3  (Institute of Leadership & Management)
  • Variety of NGB’s Sports qualifications level 1 & 2
  • Mentoring  level 2

How long have you worked for Sport & Play Development?

I have recently returned to the unit as a Project Activator, having previously been employed as a Community Sports Coach for over 6 years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being given the opportunity to develop two new and exciting projects that will engage with a variety of communities within Burnley. Being able to develop opportunities that will allow local people to access quality local facilities and take part in physical activity.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?

I enjoy cycling and have  participated in many  cycling events – including the 100 mile sportive – Ride 100 – covering the London 2012 Olympic road race route.  I also enjoy taking my dog walking around the beautiful countryside around Burnley and visiting Music festivals and going on holidays.

One interesting fact about you!

Being a bit of a royalist I met the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton) and Prince William, and shook hands with them both and had the opportunity to have a chat with Kate. I posed for a few pictures with the Duchess of Cambridge, one of which appeared in the Hello magazine. It was her last official engagement before she got married.

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