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Meet the team

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  • Mark Jeffreys

    Director of Sport and Physical Activity

    After graduating with a degree in Human Movement Studies and a PGCE Mark’s early career was in PE teaching and Sports Development. He then moved into an FE environment where he developed and delivered a number of HE courses and was Head of School of Sport and Recreation, but also managed Business and IT courses. ...

  • Gary Lee McLean

    Sport Development Officer (Recreational Sport & Physical Activity) (Secondment)

    Gary has worked in the Sport Development across the Higher Education (HE) Sector for the last 10 years. Current and previous employment has included various roles in sports development, sports coaching, teaching on various undergraduate sports programmes and management of various sports projects within a HE and wider community...

  • Anisa Hussain

    Sport Development Officer (Active Wellbeing)

    Working with the Director of Sport and Sport Officers my role is focused on working closely with colleagues and students in order to arrange sporting activities and workshops aimed to help increase knowledge and understanding of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. Since starting this role a timetable of events has...

  • William Weaver

    BUCS Mens Futsal Coach

    Coached and managed Eng U 19’s Centre of Excellence U 19’s program, Worcestor Futsal Club and university (BUCS Cup Winners), Birmingham Tigers Superleague two years running and pioneered Men’sFutsal in partnership with BCU Sport and Gary Maclean. Experience in teaching and developing coaches and leaders. ...

  • Saffron Allen

    Sport Therapist - Scholarship programme

    Saffron Allen is the sports therapist for the University's athlete scholarship programme. At beginning of her career Saffron set up her own sports therapy business in Shropshire while working as a Sports therapist for the West Bromwich Albion Foundation U19 team. In addition to supporting the scholarship programme at present...

  • James Beardsmore

    BUCS Men's Football Coach

    James Beardsmore has coached our men's BUCS football teams since 2018. 

  • Conor Brogan

    BUCS Men's Football Coach

    Conor Brogan has coached our men's BUCS football teams since 2018/19 Conor has a passion for coaching which has led him into employment and coaching.  Conor works for The Albion Foundation and deliver sports to people with disabilities of all ages. The disabilities include autism, learning difficulties, blind and...

  • Helen Lower

    BUCS Table Tennis Coach

    Helen Lower has coached the table tennis team since 2018 Helen is a Level 4 table tennis coach, a career she developed after being a player herself. She coaches a variety of players from six years olds to adults. Helen has worked as a regional coach (West Midlands) for five years and two years as a national under-15s coach....

  • Josh O'Garro

    BUCS Men's Football Coach

    Joshua O'Garro has coached our men's BUCS football teams since 2018. Joshua is a FA Level 1 coach who is also a mentor in adult football. He has over 10 years of experience in coaching in a variety of set ups and currently he is in charge of our men’s football second team. 

  • Talib Huie

    BUCS Men's Football Coach

    Talib Huie has coached our men's BUCS football teams since 2018.

  • Alan Loveridge

    BUCS Hockey Coach

    Alan Loveridge has coached our BUCS hockey team since 2018.  Alan has a passion for coaching hockey as he currently supports both Birmingham City University and King Edwards VI School. In addition, Alan has coached at University College Birmingham and worked as the ladies head coach/youth development at Barford Tigers Hockey...

  • Valentin Sala

    BUCS Volleyball Coach

    Valentin is an experienced Volleyball coach and has worked with the University BUCS team since 2016.  Valentin's experience includes coaching the West Midlands Volleyball Association as the head coach for the Under 17's girls from February 2015 until present. Prior to this Valentin was the head coach for the National...