About Primary Sports Giants
We are a team of experienced PE teachers and coaches specialising in the development of sport for primary teachers and pupils. We also provide an array of fun sports events and holiday camps for local children to enjoy.
Our key aim is to ensure all children are given a fun and progressive start into a life of sport and activity. A lot of our delivery incorporates Outdoor Adventurous Activity and Leadership which will help pupils develop into well rounded participants.
As a company we provide a fun and enjoyable environment in which to promote the benefits of an active lifestyle. Whether you are a teacher, parent or pupil we aim to provide fun, healthy and effective learning in line with government initiatives such as Change4life, British Values of Democracy and Skills for Life. We believe that sustainable physical activity and sport can be achieved not only by what we do, but equally as important is how we go about doing it.
Our Core Values:
- Team work: we work hand in hand with schools to develop sport provision with Ofsted in mind.
- Improvement: we evaluate and challenge to get the greatest possible impact.
- Creativity: we explore and encourage new ideas.
- Pupil development: we focus on Skills for Life to enable pupils to develop skills for later life.
Meet the Team
Tom brings to the team over thirteen years of sports development and PE teaching experience. He has gained experience in Private, Grammar, Comprehensive, and Special Educational Needs in both secondary and primary schools.
In his free time Tom has established Canterbury Touch which is a very successful club which focuses on a well-rounded approach of development of players. Adding to this eight years of playing Touch Rugby, eight of those at an elite level representing England in four European Championships and one World Cup.
Tom is a firm believer in allowing participants to experience and enjoy all sports on offer and uses his experience to know when to progress participants on to higher levels once they have shown physical and mental attributes that are needed to perform and enjoy more competitive experiences. He proved this in a pilot scheme he established in developing eight junior Touch players who now represent England. This has been used in various case studies due to its success!
Ali has seven years of PE teaching experience including an array of coaching qualifications and experience. He started off developing his Footballing experience and has now moved his efforts to the different forms of Rugby such as contact, Touch and Tag. He also leads Duke of Edinburgh expeditions and has a great love of the outdoors. Ali is a very enthusiastic and well organised coach, aiming to motivate others not just to participate but to develop their skills to the highest standard possible. Ali is the Tiger of the team with boundless energy and an endless repertoire of puns and terrible jokes!
He is an experienced PE teacher with a passion for outdoor education; he proactively promotes and assists in the running the Duke of Edinburgh programme as well as organising annual overseas ski and adventure trips. In 2018 his under 16s football team reached the final of the Kent Cup – a feat never achieved in the school’s 50 year history.
Ali is a committed Canterbury Touch player and volunteer committee member. In 2016 he completed his intermediate Touch coaching certificate. He has since became the lead Canterbury Touch juniors coach where numerous players have represented the South East regional and Junior England squads.
With excellent knowledge in a wide variety of sports from Archery to Football there are not many sports Ali will not know how to play. Ali has many adventurous experiences such as coaching in South America to travelling all over Europe with school trips.
Kelly has been a PE teacher for over 3 years; currently working as a teacher of physical education and performing arts at St Anselm’s Catholic School.
In 2016 Kelly graduated from the University of Brighton with a 2.1 BA Honours degree in Physical Education. In which she continued her studies at the university through a Postgraduate Certificate of Education in PE gaining her QTS (qualified teacher status) in 2017.
Kelly completed her NQT year in London at North Bridge House Senior School and Sixth Form in 2017-2018 and has a breath of experience teaching pupils aged 11-18.
Kelly is passionate about various styles of dance, having completed various qualifications and adult classes at The Place centre for contemporary dance in London. Kelly also holds a Level 1 and 2 teachers trampolining award. She enjoys various sporting and adventurous activities including netball, trampoline kayaking and canoeing participating in these as a hobby and job over the last few years. Kelly’s philosophy to teaching primarily involves the inclusivity to ensure everyone has a positive physical education experience in which is also fun and engaging for all.
Harry is an vibrant coach with 4 years of coaching experience. He played football in the Kent League up to under 21 level and hockey for Kent County. From playing high level sports and coaching, Harry has learnt how vital high level enthusiastic coaches can develop children to become well rounded, confident individuals. Developing their life skills such as communication and team work. While the main aim remains for the children to have fun. Harry started off with football based coaching in the local area from the age of 16. Coaching under 8’s to under 12’s in the east Kent youth league. Harry has also gained experience through after school, lunch time and holiday activity camps. Primary Sports Giants has enabled him to develop skills in delivering other sports and activities to suit the wide range that children require to meet their full potential. Harry enjoys coaching as he loves seeing the children progress and develop their skills. It gives him a chance to interact and have a positive impact on the children in his local area
As a coach he brings huge amounts of enthusiasm and commitment to his coaching and feels a real joy in developing children’s ability in sport and encouraging all to lead an active healthy lifestyle.
Harry is currently completing a sports business marketing degree and has also taken on a role as on of the Primary Sports Giants Events team.
Isla brings energy and a can do attitude to the team. Her fun and enthusiastic approach will get even the most reluctant children involved! As well as coaching Isla is a personal trainer and fitness instructor and has set up her own business (Islas fitness) where she teaches a mixture of classes in her studio based in the Stelling Minnis countryside.
Isla also organises Primary Sports Giants and corporate team building events at her venue Knowler Farm.
Isla holds a level 3 in sports development alongside qualifications for lifesaving, sports with children, exercise classes and level 3 personal training.
In her spare time she enjoy climbing, horse riding, young farmers, touch rugby and weekly workouts.
Scott has been involved in sport since he was 6 years old, progressing quickly from it being a hobby, to a passion, into something he has dedicated his life to. He has been a competitive Biketrial rider
for 24 years now and has travelled all over the world riding in competitions, performing high octane shows and coaching, gaining many National and International titles.
Whilst working with Primary Sports Giants Scott has coached at Easter and Summer camps, helping children get involved in a wide range of sports and introducing them to his by helping to advance their cycling skills and show them some new ways to enjoy bikes. In addition to Biketrials, when Scott was younger he competed at National level in Karate, represented his secondary school in Basketball and currently (now and again) competes in motorcycle trials events.
Alice – Jnr Assistant
Alice has 4 years coaching experience in various sports and a Level one coaching and refereeing qualification in touch rugby. As well as coaching the Canterbury Touch Juniors team Alice also coaches at her local u11s Cricket Club and has coached football at various levels. She is a talented sportsperson and has played for England u15s touch rugby and won gold at the junior touch championships in Paris. She has recently been selected for the women’s open squad for England touch rugby alongside playing for Kent Cricket u15s and u17s squad. Alice is a keen football player and played for Gillingham football club u15s squad. She is Currently training with Charlton football club u21s squad. She has worked with Primary Sports Giants for the past 2 years alongside completing Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh awards and studying for her Level 3 BTEC Sport qualification. What a superstar!
Case Study: Tom Humphreys
When Tom first joined the England Men’s Open team he soon found out that grassroots to elite coaching and player progression in England was lacking in diversity, with 80% of the England team originating from Australia or New Zealand. He felt he could use his experience from his career to make his mark on bringing England players through the ranks. He set himself a pilot scheme in his local city Canterbury to talent spot and develop junior players, with the aim of moving them through the ranks; the final goal being to represent England in adult teams. This proved to be very successful and currently a total of seven junior players have progressed on to represent at an Elite level, three of whom are in the Men’s Open team.
Tom also sees a great future in the game and aims to develop schools, teachers and junior players so they can enjoy Touch and develop to their full potential. In 2016 Tom set up the inaugural England National Schools Touch tournament which will path the way for many more schools competing in inter school Touch competitions.