A desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives through sport motivated Jack Mullineux to devote his spare time to life-changing voluntary work and led to a rewarding career in community sports.
While studying for his degree, Jack played a key role in Tackling the Blues, an award-winning sports intervention programme, in partnership with Everton in the Community (the ofﬁcial charity of Everton Football Club), aimed at young people experiencing, or at risk of developing, mental illness. As part of the project, Jack worked as a Peer Mentor and Lead Coach, delivering sports sessions designed to improve young people’s mental and physical health. This practical experience of working with children and young people helped him to him to secure a youth-focused position with Preston North End Community and Education Trust on graduation. Jack’s knowledge of monitoring and evaluating the impact of sport, health and education programmes at Preston prepared him for his current role with Everton in the Community, where he works with Edge Hill students as Tackling the Blues co-ordinator.
“This role requires me to apply my organisational skills, as I have to lead on all aspects of the programme including the administration, management of small teams and staff, and the planning of multiple residential trips. The role is challenging and has enabled me to develop new skills.”