Judge Announcement: Tom Sloane of Ospreys in the Community
We are super excited to announce our next member of the judging panel is Tom Sloane, Foundation Manager from Ospreys in the Community.
Tom is a fantastic fit for the role and will bring a wealth of sporting knowledge to the table. It was important to get this perspective to ensure a well-rounded judging panel. As a Level 3 Rugby Coach and having played rugby professionally being in the Ospreys set up as a player for 2 years, Tom brings a fantastic range of experience with him.
Tom started his coaching career back in 2007 working with local schools and the Ospreys. He continued this throughout his university studies where he studied Sport & Science, specialising in performance analysis. In 2011 he took up a role with the WRU as Participation Officer and worked to deliver rugby to grass roots club and schools to increase the number of children playing sport in Wales. Tom still enjoys playing sports himself, with rugby taking the forefront as he currently plays for prop forward for Swansea RFC.
On a personal level, Tom lives with his wife, French bulldog and a new family member on the way this November (a huge congratulation to you and your wife, Tom!). Tom and his wife opened a hair salon in 2016, Stacey Yuen Aveda, and both help to run this on a daily basis.
We asked Tom why he feels the Wales Children’s Activities and Services Awards are important, he commented “It’s always great to be able to celebrate achievement and success, it also helps us to promote the fantastic work that is being done in Wales for the younger generation”.
We also asked Tom, in his opinion, how can the impact of sports club help shape communities and our future generations in Wales? Tom said “Sports clubs play a vital role in the development of a child’s social skills along with their physical and mental wellbeing. Being a part of something can give them a sense of belonging outside of the family environment, learning values such as team work, responsibility, accountability and the ability to recognise strengths and weaknesses”. We couldn’t agree more and strongly feel these clubs deserve to be put on a pedestal for the work they do for children throughout Wales and the opportunities and experiences they bring! For clubs and businesses to win Tom over, he is looking to understand what impact you have made on others and about the sustainability of your club, programme or business!
Tom went on to say “Being passionate about Sports opportunities within our local community I am very pleased to be part of these awards and am excited to see the nominations come through, and to be able to celebrate the amount of work, time and effort that goes into making our communities a fantastic place with plenty of opportunities”.
We would like to thank Tom for giving up his time to assist in the judging of the first Wales Children’s Activities and Services Awards and to Ospreys in the Community for their sponsorship of the Sports Club of the Year category. They have also kindly donated a signed rugby ball for our charity raffle on the evening, in aid of Dreams & Wishes. Do you know somebody who runs a children’s sports team or club? Send them in our direction to give them the opportunity for recognition and reward for their services to our future generation!