Name: Elliot Powell

Age: 26

Length of time worked at Jersey Sport: 7 years

What position do you currently hold at Jersey Sport: Head of Sport and Programmes

What does your job involve? Overseeing all aspects of external delivery and ensuring Jersey Sport continues to service the demands of islanders and sports organisations in line with the organisation’s strategic priorities.

What made you want to follow a career in sport and physical activity?
The ability to work in an area that I am passionate about, with the ability to make a difference on a daily basis.

What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job really excite you or give you the most satisfaction?
Enabling people to access, participate or compete in sport, at whatever level that may be, who may not have otherwise been able to do so.

What specific experience or qualifications do you need to do your job?
• Knowledge and understanding of local sport
• Knowledge of Government of Jersey structure and educational system

Did you study a degree at university? If yes, what subject did you study and why?
Sports Coaching at Liverpool John Moores (1st Class Degree). I chose that degree because it sounded like a good mix of practical and theory work, with coursework-based assessments which suited my skillset better.

What sports or physical activity do you take part in regularly?
Football coaching and when time allows, golf and cricket!

Why do you think that it’s important for children and young people to try sports at a young age and be regularly active?
If you can develop your confidence quickly, which is more likely at a young age, then you will more likely participate in the activity for a longer period of time. The benefits of being involved in sport are far more than simply physical. The main reason I enjoy sport is for the social aspect and the opportunity to challenge myself regularly.

If someone reading this is considering a career (or career change) in sport, what advice would you give them?
Go for it! Get involved in any kind of administrative, coaching or officiating role as soon as you can if being an elite performer isn’t for you!

Why do you do the job you do?
It’s enjoyable working in an industry you love and coming in every day with the opportunity to make a difference.


Have you ever competed in sport at a high level?
I am currently the Jersey Football Association Men’s Representative Manager and guided the team to Island Games Gold in Guernsey 2023.

What sports accolades do you have?
Channel Island Sports Personality Coach of The Year – 2023
Jersey Sport Manager / Coach of The Year – 2023

Who is your sporting hero and why?
Andrew Flintoff – He played with a smile on his face, loved the big occasion, and loved celebrating the big occasion even more.



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