It’s fab news that Team DMSF has expanded, and we’d like to welcome our newest member for 2017 in apprentice Tom Whittaker.
Tom is a lad with a passion for sport , the desire to work with and help improve the lives of youngsters just like him, and the resilience to work with Team DMSF to make it our best year yet.
Aged 17 and from Stalybridge. He found out about the DMSF opportunity through the Coach Core apprenticeship scheme – which gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to become the next generation of inspirational coaches, and is a programme run by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
At just 11 months old, Tom was adopted by John and Wendy Whittaker and has lived with his Mum and Dad ever since. He went to Buckton Vale Primary school in Stalybridge and then Mossley Hollins High School in Mossley. Studied at Tameside College for just over a year but realised that he wasn’t enjoying the experience, and applied to DMSF via Coach Core and was successful. Brilliant news for us!
Hopes and aspirations:
Tom‘s long term goal is to work with children with disabilities, and he also has a keen interest in learning how to adapt training sessions to individuals’ abilities. Inspired to work with young offenders, he believes that everyone, whatever their background or social status, deserves a chance to be involved in sport and that it brings the best out in people.
Since the age of 4, Tom has been an avid footballer and notably plays for Mossley F.C. He believes this is his strongest sporting talent but has also tried his hand at springboard diving, gymnastics, swimming and squash – so he’s certainly not scared to try something new! Tom enjoys taking his dog out for runs and also plays snooker twice a week with his friends at a local club.
Enjoys developing his skills as a coach, whilst encouraging the children to achieve their own goals. He’s looking forward to getting a better understanding of athletics and also taking his level 1s in other sporting areas. Sport runs through this lads veins.