John joined the team at The Bradby Club in April 2011 as a Substance Misuse and Youth Worker and later took over as Centre Manager in 2016. John now has over 10 years of experience of working with young people and their families in a wide range of settings from clubs to schools to outdoor residential centres.
John is dedicated and passionate about working with young people and although he is now the Manager continues to also be one of the Clubs Substance Misuse Workers which in his words “is only made possible by the hard work and support of the fantastic team of workers and volunteers we have here at the Bradby Club”. As a Bradby Substance Misuse Worker John has completed many DANOS, accredited drug and alcohol, training courses and along with his background and experience delivers valuable drug education and interventions to children and young people in Rugby and wider Warwickshire.
In 2013 John was awarded an upper second class degree with Honours in Youth and Community Services from the University of Worcester and has continued to add to this many other accredited training and qualifications to better his practice. Outside of the workplace John is married with 2 young children and so in his spare time enjoys spending time with his family and friends. You may also occasionally see John in the gym though this has become a rare sight and taken a back seat since becoming a father.
Safer Relationships/Youth Worker
Rebecca joined the team at the Bradby Club in December 2015, after volunteering and raising money for the club whilst at school back in 2010. She has worked part time as a tennis coach since the age of 15 working with children and young people, and collectively has spent over a year volunteering in various schools. In 2015 Rebecca graduated from De Montfort University with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons) Psychology before returning back to Rugby. As the Bradby Clubs Safer Relationships worker, Rebecca has completed sexual health and consent training, as well as training surrounding child protection, domestic violence and youth mental health first aid, which allows her to deliver sexual health and safer relationship education to children and young people in Rugby and Warwickshire. She also runs the young parents group at the Bradby Club with the help of Barnardos. Outside of work Rebecca enjoys playing sport (particularly tennis and rounders) and baking.
Substance Misuse/Youth Worker
Suman joined the team in October 2017 as a Substance Misuse Youth Worker. With a strong academic background and over 2 years’ experience Suman is passionate about supporting young people to build resilience and lead happier and healthier lives. Suman graduated from Aston University with a BSc in Human Psychology and worked as an Honorary Assistant Psychologist for the NHS Mental Health service in Birmingham. Following this, she graduated with an MSc in Health Psychology as her interest was more in healthy lifestyles including drug/alcohol use, healthy eating and illnesses. Suman worked as a Sexual Health Outreach Worker for young people in Coventry nightclubs and bars as well as a Project Manager for a youth engagement specialist organisation in Birmingham. Suman is a qualified Stop Smoking Advisor and trained on Drug and Alcohol awareness to deliver workshops on these issues. Outside of work Suman enjoys travelling to different parts of the world as well as cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Alex Baalham Donaldson
Alex has been at The Bradby Club since he was six years old as a local young person. Alex has developed a wide range of experience in working with young people he has worked for a number of local services in various roles. Alex graduated from University of Bedfordshire with an upper second class degree with Honours in Youth and Community work in 2014. Since he graduated in 2014 Alex has been working as youth worker and sports coach for both Rugby Borough Council and The Bradby Club. Alex who is a keen sports person has a number of sport coaching qualifications which he utilises to deliver coaching activities and educational experiences for young people, Alex also works as PE teacher in a local primary school. Alex was proudly on the books at Leicester City football club as a youngster and he still enjoys playing football today, he also enjoys boxing and playing Gaelic football.
Volunteer Sessional Worker
Lynda started working at The Bradby Club as a volunteer in 2006 to help out and for something to do in her evenings. She soon realised that she had a passion for working with children and young people Lynda has completed a 1 day first aid training course and also many child protection and safeguarding courses throughout the years. Lynda no longer works as a paid member of staff at the club, but still volunteers on a regular basis and still loves a residential.
Project Worker / Boxing and Fitness
Darron Began attending The Bradby Club as a young person and has now been volunteering here for over 23 years. Darron has worked with and trained many young people over the years most notably through his passion for Kickboxing. He himself has had 119 fights with 88 wins, 5 draws and still holds a number of national Kickboxing titles. Adding to his huge experience Darron has various youth work certificates to his name including NVQ’s and a community sports leadership award. Darron is a very practical person and so delivers many of the woodwork and building projects that we offer here which young people very much enjoy. He has been a part of a number of residentials and challenges here including; 24hr peddle cart race, 100 mile canoe test, camping at Hind Leap Warren and even exchanges with a youth group in Rugby’s twinned town Rüsselsheim in Germany. Darron is a well-known and respected member of the community and he has seen young people grow up and whose own children now attend The Bradby Club. If you ask Darron why he does it he replies “I get to be a big kid all over again” but in reality he likes to make a difference in the lives of young people, which he has in no doubt done for many years. A word of warning, eyebrows have been known to go missing when Darron is on a residential.
Head Boxing Coach/Rugby Boxing Academy ABA
Byron is our long serving boxing coach here at The Bradby Club. Byron began boxing when he was 12 years old and had roughly 30 fights as an amateur boxer winning 25 of those fights. Byron has always done some level of coaching throughout his boxing life but he has been our Head ABAE Coach at the club for nearly 30 years. As well as being an accomplished boxer and coach Byron is also; a black belt in Karate, 3rd dan black belt in Taekwon-do, 4th dan black belt in Kickboxing, a black belt in Filipino martial arts and a Silat practitioner. With this list of combat sport accomplishments it is clear that Byron is dedicated and when asked what the key to success in these sports is, Byron would answer “dedication and hard work”. Byron gets a buzz from training and coaching but what really makes him feel good is seeing the improvement in young people’s ability and mentality through their training and hard work.
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