Sports Nut - Meet the Team

Unsurprisingly Sports Nut is made up of completely, utterly sports nuts coaches who eat, drink, sleep and dream sport. They also wear shorts pretty much every day of their lives. That’s dedication.

David Small – Founder and Head Sports Coach

David founded Sports Nut with Mark Tennant in 2005. As well as managing the company’s day-to-day activities, David undertakes a diverse range of training duties, from Cricket and Rugby coaching, through to Athletics and Swimming lessons. When he isn’t coaching, David is known as ‘Mr Small’, as he’s also the PE Teacher at Davenies School, Beaconsfield.

David has a string of qualifications to verify his sports nuttiness including, ECB Level 3 High Performance Cricket Coach, FA Level 2 Football Coach, RFU Level 1 Rugby Coach, STA Swimming Teacher, British Triathlon Level 1 Coach, NRASTC (National Rescue Award for Swimming Teachers and Coaches), Emergency First Aid and Safeguarding Children. Thankfully, he can’t do a Rubik’s cube for toffee.

David is also a Club Cricket Captain and playing at Lord’s is his favourite cricketing career highlight. At the weekend, David enjoys going on bike rides with his wife, children and dogs.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut:  “I love that Sports Nut brings so much joy and value to children’s lives by teaching them hugely important life skills and helping them on a path to a healthy lifestyle.”

Mark Tennant – Founder and Head Sports Coach 

Mark established Sports Nut and all its sporty goodness with David in 2005. Mark is a highly skilled sports coach and, as well as a Sport and Exercise Science degree, has an array of high level coaching qualifications in Football, Triathlon, Hockey, Athletics, Swimming and TAG Rugby. Mark is also an ECB 2.5 Level Cricket Coach and plays for Wooburn Narkovians Cricket Club and Gerrards Cross Hockey Club. Alongside coaching, Mark runs Sports Nut’s multi-sports parties and swimming parties. He’s also responsible for producing the legendary Cricket Tea at Sports Nut Cricket Camps. Mmm pork pies.

Outside of Sports Nut, Mark’s sports nuts tendencies continue with playing cricket and watching live sport. He even confesses to squeezing in a cheeky round of golf now and then - seriously this guy never sleeps.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “Nothing beats the buzz from seeing someone I’m coaching master a new skill, whether it’s putting their face in the water while learning to swim or dismounting the bike before T1 in a Triathlon race. Magic!”

Charlotte Small - Director and Chief Administrator

As well as company director, Charlotte handles a wide range of Sports Nut’s administration duties, from chasing late fees to being our Splash Software ‘super-user’ (‘Splash’ handles all our members’ swimming data). Charlotte has a BSc Medical Biochemistry and her secret sporting talent is basketball – she was selected to play for her school, university and town’s teams.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys spending time with her family (See David Small’s profile!) and, as an accomplished pianist, guitarist and singer, playing at open-mic nights.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “Battling the admin monster and winning!”

Aftab Habib – High Performance Cricket Coach

Aftab is one of Sport Nut’s tremendously talented Cricket Coaches (UKCC ECB Elite Level 3). Aftab has extensive experience of playing and coaching county and international cricket, including playing for Middlesex, Leicestershire and Essex County Cricket Clubs, England A and Full England International Cap 1999.

Aftab has a shining training career and has coached many international teams to glory, including leading Hong Kong to win the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite and the 2009 ACC U-19 Elite Cup. Alongside delivering Sports Nut’s private 1-2-1 and group cricket coaching, Aftab coaches Berkshire County Boys and is Head Coach of the Berkshire Women’s First team.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “Besides Sports Nut’s fun approach to coaching – there’s been a lot of laughter over the years – I really love working with young, committed cricketers and seeing their skills develop.”

Lianne Allen – Sports Nut Swimming Coach and Junior Triathlon Coach 

Lianne is Sports Nut’s super-skilled Swimming Coach, Junior Triathlon Coach and Busy-Bee behind the scenes (aka ‘Administrator’). Lianne has been with Sports Nut since 2011 and, as you’d expect, is a true, all-round Sports Nutter. As well as an ASA level 2 Aquatic Teacher and Coach, STA Swimming Teacher (full), and STA Baby and Pre-School Swimming Teacher, Lianne has a host of other sports qualifications, including RFU Tag Rugby, British Triathlon and England Athletics – Running Fitness Leadership, to name but a few.

Lianne is constantly refining her sports skills and her latest challenge is getting stuck into the multi-discipline, quick-change world of Triathlon.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “I’ve got two things actually! I love the fact that Sports Nut coaching is about having fun - the other coaches are brilliant to be around. I also really love working with children, their boundless energy is contagious, plus helping them acquire and improve skills, to the point they achieve success, is hugely rewarding.”

Matt Paget – Swimming Coach

Matt Paget is Sports Nut’s awesome Swim Coach (NSA Level 1 and 2 Swimming Teaching and Coaching) and is just a ‘pool noodle’ away from completing ASA Level 3 Coaching. Matt is also a qualified AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety.

Matt has numerous swimming accolades, including English Schools Swimming Association National Champion in the 4 x 50m freestyle relay – where he smashed the national record – and Berks and South Bucks and Middlesex County Champion.

Matt also achieved Commonwealth Games, Olympic and World Championship Trials qualification aged 15. Out of the water, Matt says one of his greatest achievements is eating two foot-long sandwiches back-to-back. Impressive.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “Nothing beats seeing someone finally crack the breaststroke. I also often find myself pointing out how good a swimmer is, then realising they are six-years-old and probably better than me now! They’re also usually taller than Mark.”

Rebekah Bradley – Changing Room Supervisor and Swimming Coach     

Rebekah, also known as ‘Auntie Rebekah’, is our super-smiley, multi-talented Changing Room Supervisor and qualified Level 2 Sports Leader and Swimming Teacher. As well as making sure the children have everything they need, from swimming hats to goggles, Rebekah teaches children and adults to learn how to swim, or improve their swimming. She also won first place in her school sports day’s skipping race three years in a row – skills!

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “I really love working and having fun with children.”

Pippa Davie – Swimming Coach

Pippa teaches swimming and has been with Sports Nut for over five years. Pippa is an accomplished Level 2 Swimming teacher and holds a National Rescue Award for Swim Teachers. Aged 13, Pippa claimed the title of Borough Freestyle 100m Champion. When not pounding the pool-side, Pippa loves pounding the streets, and has competed in the Hyde Park 5k run. Pippa’s little-known skill is juggling – go on, put her to the test!

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “It’s fun, plus it also means I can be a sports nut during the day, as well as in my spare time!”

Billie Morgan-Claxton – Swimming Coach

Swimming Coach, Billie, is an ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher and qualified lifeguard. Billie has been a member of the Sports Nut team since 2015. A certified sports nut, Billie has previously represented Hillingdon borough in running and swimming. Plus, if you need tips on how to keep your lashes looking lush in the water, Billie is also a skilled beauty therapist.

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “It’s great getting to know new children and helping them become successful swimmers.”

Stuart McLaughlin - Head of Cricket/Chief Cone Dispenser 

Sports Nut’s Head of Cricket Stuart holds a smorgasbord of sports qualifications including, ECB Level 2, FA Level 2, IAAF Primary Athletics Award, RFU Tag Rugby Award and BA (Hons) Sports Management. He’s also got some mean football skills, previously playing for Birmingham City FC Academy and semi-professional football. Stuart is also Head Coach of the U-12 Bucks County Cricket team. Outside of Sports Nut, Stuart enjoys ‘attempting’ to play golf (his words!).

Favourite Thing about Sports Nut: “The team dynamic is amazing and feeds into our coaching - it’s always a lot of fun.”

Greg Fearon – Child Welfare Officer

Greg is our dedicated Child Welfare Officer. Greg is highly trained in all aspects of safeguarding and child protection and is currently Head of Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Davenies School.

As well as ensuring implementation of our child safeguarding policy, Greg monitors the well-being and welfare of all children taking part in Sports Nut’s activities. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Greg in confidence here: safeguarding@sports-nut.co.uk

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