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MEET THE TEAM

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Delroy Thompson

Director / Head Mentor


Background & Experience

Delroy has worked in communities for over 20 years as a youth worker and for “Dissidence of Windrush”, “Caribbean Roots” whilst coaching many sports teams.



Hobbies

Delroy enjoys being active, playing Football, Cricket, Tennis and using the Gym.

Music is also a very important part of his life.

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Luke Freer

Director / Mentor

Started with UP Foundation in 2016


Background & Experience

Youth worker and Mentor with over 12 years of experience.

Community Development Worker with over 10 years of experience.

Lead on a target Gangs project for Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner 2017.

Been involved in Basketball for over 20 years as a player and coach.



Hobbies

Luke coaches Warwickshire Hawks National Men’s Basketball team & he is Captain of Redditch Basketball Club.

He also chairs the West Midlands Basketball England Regional group.

Along with his love for basketball, Luke enjoy's football and is an Arsenal season ticket holder.

Luke also has two young girls that he is very proud of.

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Matthew Wilkinson

Director

Teacher: Head of PE and member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)


Background & Experience

Chairman of Rolls-Royce Basketball Club.

Director of Rise Camps.



Hobbies

Matt enjoys coaching basketball. Alongside this, he enjoys CrossFit and playing basketball

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Matt Rickard

Director


Background & Experience

I have been working in the sport, community development and charity sectors for nearly ten years and have experienced the power of sport and physical activity to change lives. A personal highlight has been visiting Malawi in East Africa to see how sport and play are being used to make a difference to the lives of people living in challenging circumstances. I am currently working in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire on a disability sports programme, as well as in South Birmingham as a School Games Organiser.



Hobbies

Matt enjoys running and walking his two dogs - Cooper and Caden.

Along side this he enjoys cooking and playing the guitar.

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Orrin Pendley

Youth Mentor


Background & Experience

Semi Professional footballer for Rushall Olympic

Previous clubs – Kettering town Redditch united and Alvechurch FC

Youth Mentor & Behaviour management at Hunters Hill College


Hobbies

Orrin has a big interest in football and basketball.

He also enjoys trying different cuisines from all around the world.

Along side this he enjoys traveling and meeting new people.

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Liam Sheridan

Mentor


Background & Experience

I have 12 years basketball coaching at various levels from community to international. In addition to mentoring with the UP Foundation I am the director of West Brom Basketball Club and currently work as a Student Welfare Manager in a Secondary School.


Hobbies

Liam's main hobby is basketball. He has been involved in the sport since his early teens.

To accompany this, he is passionate about using sport as a tool of engagement and inspiration for young people.

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Ellie Pierpoint

Mentor / Coach


Background & Experience

Basketball player for 15 years

Coaching basketball and multi-skills for 5 years

Being a positive Female role model



Hobbies

Ellie enjoys coaching and playing basketball.

She also enjoys fitness challenges.

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Mike Sheppard

Tutor/Mentor


Background & Experience

My working life started in education for young people with SEN. I worked as a teaching assistant for approximately 2 years. I then went on to work with adults who have SEN and worked as a support worker. I then began to work for children’s social services as a contact worker and mediated sessions between children in the care system and their biological parents. I enjoyed this work greatly, so I investigated going further into working for the care system and enrolled at university to become a social worker. Before starting at university, I started a job at private education firm, which led on to my role with Up Foundation.

 


Hobbies

I currently play basketball for my university which I enjoy.

I am also passionate about music, I play guitar, piano, bass and saxophone and I play in multiple music projects.  I also volunteer with children in a local youth group project to help them explore their potential in music.

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