Meet the team

Nicola Ryan

Partnership Director

Coming from a sports development background, Nicola started as the School Sport Director in September 2011. Nicola feels privileged to work with within a borough and Sports Partnership that do so much to provide sporting opportunities for their young people. She gained a degree with honours in Sports Science at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in 2001. Nicola plays Netball for Worcester Park NC and is a level 2 UKCC Netball Coach. In 2009 she set up and developed the Merton Merlins Junior Netball Club.

Matt Walters

Partnership Manager / Coaching Programmes Lead

Matt began his role as Sports Coordinator in September 2014 and has since then taken on the role of Partnership Manager in 2018. Matt also leads and coordinates the Merton Inspire & Educate Coaching Programme, as well as leading the PE Professional Development Programme, and is responsible for the West Wimbledon cluster of schools, organising and delivering various sporting events. Matt graduated from his BSc Psychology degree at Newcastle University in July 2012 and has also completed his MSc degree in Sports and Exercise Psychology at Brunel University back in 2015. Matt is a sports enthusiast with his main passion being Rugby Union. Playing from the age of seven, Matt has more recently been heavily involved in the coaching of other aspiring players. He is a Level 2 coach and has worked for the Rugby Football Union as a Coach Educator. Matt has also worked for 2 Premiership rugby clubs whilst at university, supporting initiatives such as the All Schools Programme, HITZ project, Land Rover Cup and the Princes Trust.

Colette Birch

Admin and Finance Officer

Colette joined the MSSP team in March 2015 as the team's Admin and Finance Assistant. She enjoys supporting MSSP and helping out at events. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Geography and has previously worked in the HR team for an engineering company. She has previously played badminton at club level and played in the Surrey League.

Fraser Addo

Sports Coordinator

Fraser graduated from Southampton University with a degree in Bsc Sports Studies and holds an F.A. Level 2 coaching qualification.   He joined MSSP 7 years ago as a sports coach. He is extremely passionate about sport and helping children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle through a variety of sport and physical activity. Fraser regularly plays Football. His favourite sports are Football and American Football. He supports Arsenal.

Michael Wood

School Games Organsier / Mitcham Cluster Co-ordinator

Michael started the role of Sports Coordinator and School Games Organiser (SGO) in September 2016. He is responsible for providing opportunities for children to compete in fixtures and tournaments within and between schools. Michael also co-ordinats the Wimbledon cluster of schools. Michael graduated from Abertay University with a BSc in Sports Coaching and Sports Development in 2003. His first role was with Dundee Sports Development Section as Sports Administrator and then Sports Development Officer. Moving to Renfrewshire Sports Services in 2006, Michael worked there for ten years on a number of different projects and roles. Michael has various coaching qualifications including Scottish Football Association Level 3, British Cycling Level 2 and Trail Cycle Leader. He is also a sports leader tutor for Levels 1-3, tutor for positive sports practise and a tutor trainer for the Bikeability road cycling award scheme. Michael enjoys playing many sports but particularly outdoor activities such as mountain biking and snowboarding.

Nick Osborne

Sports Coordinator / Morden Cluster Co-ordinator / Inclusive PE Lead

Nick graduated from Middlesex University in 2009 with a degree in Theatre Arts where he also represented the football first team for three seasons. His passions for the arts and sports have seen him take a lead in a number of projects. Through ‘Theatre in Education’ opportunities, Nick has performed in over 200 schools and for many thousands of young audiences with interactive performances and confidence-boosting workshops. He has an FA Level 2 in coaching football and Level 3 in the delivery of PE and Physical Activity from St. Mary's University, Twickenham.

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