Meet the Team

All sports staff at MPCT have a wealth of experience in the sport and active leisure industry. The staff are all qualified teachers, sports coaches and exercise and fitness professionals. Many of the staff are keen sportsmen who have played their respective sports at semi-professional level.
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Sports & Recreation Manager

Ryan James

Date Started at MPCT

2011

Experience

I have worked in training for over 10 years delivering sports coaching and exercise to young people who wish to pursue a career in the sports and active leisure industry. During this time I have completed my Post 16 Teaching Qualification, A1 Assessor Award and V1 Internal Verifier Qualification, all of which has enabled me to couple my coaching and instructing background with teaching practices. Before working in Training I work for many years in Local Authority Sports Development and Community Development. I currently play semi-professional rugby for Newport RFC and have represented Wales in Baseball.

"The best part about working in training and education through sports and fitness, in the ability it has to engage with young people from all backgrounds and abilities. The physical active learning opportunities allows us as teachers to ensure that all learning is innovative and fun for all."

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Apprenticeships Officer

Nathan Trowbridge

Date Started at MPCT

July 2011

Experience

I have 8 years teaching experience with a variety of age groups from 11 year olds upwards. I am a qualified PE Teacher having studied PGCE Secondary PE at UWIC and gained 3 years PE teaching experience in secondary schools to pupils aged 11-18 years of age prior to joining MPCT. Together with my knowledge and experience in teaching, I have developed further knowledge and understanding of the Exercise and Fitness industry by becoming a qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer and obtaining coaching qualifications which are key for my job role as an Exercise and Fitness Apprenticeship Officer. I am a qualified Assessor and IQA and have 3 years assessing experience at MPCT and have delivered many Level 2 Exercise and Fitness and Level 3 Personal Training courses over this time. I also deliver Communication Skills and Application of Number qualifications to Apprentices and I have a Level 3 Essential Skills Numeracy qualification to ensure these qualifications are delivered to a high standard. Outside of work I play Semi-Professional rugby and have done so for the past 11 years.

"As an Apprenticeship Officer, I love to see the learner progress and transform over the period of time they are with us. Together with improving their knowledge, gaining qualifications and vital experience in the Exercise and Fitness Industry they are fundamentally making themselves confident, knowledgeable instructors who are of great value to their employers."

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Apprenticeships Officer

Steffan Rees

Date Started at MPCT

June 2011

Experience

I have been teaching sport and physical education for past 5 years. I have taught in Secondary Schools, Further Education and now work in Post 16 Education delivering Vocational Training. I have been working in the role of Apprenticeship Officer at MPCT for the past 2 and a half years, in this time I have worked with over 80 apprentices and have been able to help them achieve new qualifications and progress in their job roles. I have been delivering and assessing YMCA Awards Level 2 and Level 3 Fitness Qualifications for the duration of my Apprenticeship Officer post. I am a newly qualified IQA and look forward to how the role is continually progressing. Prior to teaching I was working as a Fitness Instructor and this passion has supported me in my apprenticeship role. I have gone on to complete my Personal Trainer Qualification and recently completed my Level 3 Diploma in Sports Therapy.

"The dynamic MPCT delivery methods make the job fun and worthwhile, it supports leaners and helps them understand complex topics. The qualifications we deliver are sector leading and this leads to us recruiting effective and inspiring fitness instructors and personal trainers."

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Apprenticeships Officer

Joseph Natalie O’shea

Date Started at MPCT

2014

Experience

I have come from a wide range of sporting backgrounds - playing hockey and netball at county level. I currently play rugby for Pencoed, this will be my 8th season coming up. I have also played for Cardiff Blues and Ospreys. 
I’ve been doing Powerlifting and Strongwoman competitions since January 2017. I have attempted 8 competitions so far, hitting 4 Welsh records and winning Wales’ Strongest Woman Under 82kg. I am now through to Britain’s Strongest Woman in October 2017, my main goal is to possibly focus more on Powerlifting and making the GB team. 

I am also a Reservist in the Royal Artillery, I am an ex-regular soldier who served with the Royal Logistics Corps. I have been with MPCT since 2014, I started off as a Training Instructor for Cardiff and Rhymney Military Preparation Schools. I have recently transferred from the MPS to the Apprenticeships team as an Apprenticeship Officer. 

I am also an ex-student of Rhymney MPCT back in 2004 when my career was just starting. 

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Apprenticeship Officer

Andrew Ruscoe

Date Started at MPCT

July 2017

Experience

Andrew is a former Graduate of our MPCT Wrexham Sports Academy from back in 2012 where he now has 5 years teaching experience within Primary, Secondary & Further Education sectors having studied a BA (HONS) Youth & Community degree & a PGCE for post 16 compulsory education at Glyndwr University, whilst delivering many educational projects around improving Healthier living standards and Anti Social Behaviour for BR In The Community.

Furthermore he is a qualified JNC Professional Youth worker, whilst also holding a FAW recognised C Licensed certification at Youth & Senior Level. Andrew has 11 years of coaching experience within Football which has improved plenty of developments in Sport within local communities in the England and Wales regions of North Wales & Chester. This has seen him become a Wrexham Sports Development Coach of the Year Winner, the NEWFA Community coach of the Year, the NEWFA Service to Football Winner and play an integral part on helping Brickfield Rangers become a 2 time National Community club of the Year including winning other various other awards for football & volunteering development.

During his employment Andrew has worked for many notably Sport organisations such as Wrexham FC's RCF, Cefn Druids FC's Academy, Brickfield Rangers & Chester FC's Community Trust. Andrew is also a Former Chester City FC Centre of Excellence Youth player amd continues to play Semi-Professional football for Brickfield Rangers within the North Wales region.

"As an Apprenticeship Officer, I love to see learners develop their confidence, knowledge and skill sets that they have chosen to professionalise in whilst becoming superb valuable assets to their employer and more importantly positive assets to their local communities during their period of time they are with us at the MPCT."

 

 

 

Andrew is a former Graduate of our MPCT Wrexham Sports Academy from back in 2012 where he now has 5 years teaching experience within Primary, Secondary & Further Education sectors having studied a BA (HONS) Youth & Community degree & a PGCE for post 16 compulsory education at Glyndwr University, whilst delivering many educational projects around improving Healthier living standards and Anti Social Behaviour for BR In The Community.
Andrew is a former Graduate of our MPCT Wrexham Sports Academy from back in 2012 where he now has 5 years teaching experience within Primary, Secondary & Further Education sectors having studied a BA (HONS) Youth & Community degree & a PGCE for post 16 compulsory education at Glyndwr University, whilst delivering many educational projects around improving Healthier living standards and Anti Social Behaviour for BR In The Community.
Furthermore he is a qualified JNC Professional Youth worker, whilst also holding a FAW recognised C Licensed certification at Youth & Senior Level. Andrew has 11 years of coaching experience within Football which has improved plenty of developments in Sport within local communities in the England and Wales regions of North Wales & Chester. This has seen him become a Wrexham Sports Development Coach of the Year Winner, the NEWFA Community coach of the Year, the NEWFA Service to Football Winner and play an integral part on helping Brickfield Rangers become a 2 time National Community club of the Year including winning other various other awards for football & volunteering development.
During his employment Andrew has worked for many notably Sport organisations such as Wrexham FC's RCF, Cefn Druids FC's Academy, Brickfield Rangers & Chester FC's Community Trust. Andrew is also a Former Chester City FC Centre of Excellence Youth player amd continues to play Semi-Professional football for Brickfield Rangers within the North Wales region.
"As an Apprenticeship Officer, I love to see learners develop their confidence, knowledge and skill sets that they have chosen to professionalise in whilst becoming superb valuable assets to their employer and more importantly positive assets to their local communities during their period of time they are with us at the MPCT."