Community and Sport Development Officer

Cedars Academy plays a very active role in the local community. Our Community and Sport Development Officer (CSDO) works directly with a number of key partners both locally and nationally to help enhance the opportunities on offer to our students. These include:
- Youth Sport Trust YST
- English Federation of Disability Sport EFDS
- Disability Sport Events DSE
- Gateshead School Sports Partnership Gatesheadssp
- Tyne and Wear Sport TWSport
- Panathlon UK Panathlon
- Mencap Sport Mencap
- CP Sport CP Sport
- Newcastle United Foundation NUFC Foundation
- Special Olympics GB Special Olympics GB
- Wanderers Association Wanderers Association
- Northumbria University Northumbria University


The position of Community and Sport Development Officer was created as a pilot within the PE department at Cedars Academy in February 2014 to undertake the following roles:

  • support the delivery of the Youth Sport Trust Project Ability programme in Tyne and Wear;
  • support Gateshead School Sports Partnership with the delivery of their disability sport programme including competition structure, CPD and young leader training;
  • deliver after-school clubs for Gateshead Kestrels and develop the club through the provision of new activity;
  • assist Cedars Academy in teaching and learning across the curriculum;
  • complete bid/grant applications and organise fund raising activity on behalf of Cedars Academy and Gateshead Kestrels.
Development Plan
For the coming year, the CSDO will work to the development plan set out in the document below:

Sept 15-Aug 16 Highlights

  • Cedars Academy achieved Gold School Games Mark status, highlighting best practice in PE, school sport and competition
  • Project Ability innovation project delivered in conjunction with Gateshead Special Schools and Cardinal Hume and Thorp Academy Secondary Schools
  • 6 Inclusive PE (IPE) workshops delivered to 80 members of Tyne and Wear school workforce
  • 10 schools (including all Gateshead special schools) directly supported by Cedars Academy in delivery of inclusive PE and sport; highlights included assisting Dryden School to achieve Gold School Games Mark; providing inter-school competition between Cedars, Furrowfield and Hill Top (Secondary) and Cedars, Gibside and Eslington (Primary)
  • Over 200 cumulative Cedars student attendances at various inter-school, county, regional and national events including:

-Wanderers Association events (6)

-Gateshead SSP events (8)

-Special School Inter-school competitions (3)

-National pathway events (5)

-Every Cedars student took part in at least one intra-school sports competition.

Gateshead School Sports Partnership (SSP)

  • 6 inclusive events delivered across the academic year – over 300 attendees
  • 6 student training courses delivered – 250 attendees
  • days of School Games Mark support provided to all Gateshead Special Schools
  • 1 staff CPD delivered – 15 attendees

Gateshead Kestrels:

  • New club link set up with NUFC Foundation (Football club runs every Wednesday evening at Gateshead Leisure Centre);
  • New 16-24 club developed with focus on leadership, volunteering and fund raising (KITEs);
  • 3 KITEs members accepted into new Tyne and Wear Young Coaches Academy;
  • KITEs FC set up and playing every month at Walker Activity Dome;
  • Organised various KITEs trips including Wembley, Flo-Rider and Durham RFC;
  • Updated annual accounts to assist with charitable status and Clubmark applications.