Excel Sports is regulated by the Care Inspectorate. Our ratios are 1:8 and we generally employ PE teachers or PE students with assistants who have relevant qualifications.
All Excel staff have completed and passed an up to date Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG) check. This is a registration system for all people who work with children and vulnerable adults in the UK that will confirm that there is no known reason why they should not be permitted to work with these client groups.
All staff will also have completed a pre-camp child protection meeting to highlight and share good practice.
My name is Ben and I am the Founder of Excel Sports Academy. I represented Scotland on the rugby pitch as a schoolboy and also have a healthcare company "Balanced". I started Excel while in my final year at Loughborough University back in 1996. Excel has grown in size since then but we rest on our core principles of fun, safety and learning. Most parents hear about us from word of mouth as we plough all our advertising into paying for staff, equipment and facilities making sure we have the best camp with the best coaches and that everyone has fun. I am a parent to two boys 5 and 8 and make sure Excel is a model that delivers the very best to my boys and the children of all the families who attend.
I will see you on Monday morning at camp to make sure everything is as it should be.
PE Teacher Lead Practitioner & Camp Manager
My name is Colin Macpherson and I am the overall Camp Manager at Excel Sports Academy. My original degree was in Sports Coaching and Development before moving on to complete a BSc Hons Sport and Exercise Science then a PGD in Physical Education. I have been teaching for 8 years and have gained experience teaching a variety of age groups and additional support needs pupils. I have also been working at Excel for the last 8 years and have developed strong relationships with the Excel staff and the St Georges School Staff. My main sporting activity was Kayaking where I competed with the British team, I also enjoy Skiing, Mountain Biking, Badminton and Basketball.
My name is Stewart Ferns, I am 23 years old, and I am one of the Camp Managers at Excel Sports Academy. I have been working at Excel since 2013 where I have held positions as assistant coach, coach and as a manager. I hold a BEd (Hons) degree in Physical Education and teach PE at both Windygoul Primary School and Ormiston Primary School in East Lothian. My main sporting interest is in Badminton where I have represented Scotland at junior level and have previously been Scottish Universities Mixed Doubles Champion. I also enjoy many team sports as well as running.
Jordan John Flynn
My name is Jordan and I operate as one of the Camp Managers at Excel Sports Academy; alongside Stewart and Colin. I joined Excel in 2015 having coached in America throughout prior summers. Since graduating from the BEd Physical Education programme at The University of Edinburgh in 2016, I now teach PE full time at Carrick Academy in Ayrshire. I am extremely passionate about the educational potential of PE and to allow all young people to develop a lifelong engagement of physical activity and sport. My main sporting expertise lies in Football and Volleyball; I have played both at BUCS level and further hold several national body qualifications in those areas.
Elizabeth Roynon Brown
My name is Elizabeth and I am the Client Manager at Excel Sports Academy.
I will be your primary contact for bookings and if you have any questions about the Camps. I have two teenagers, who have been involved with sports camps in the past, so I know how important it is for your children to be happy and enjoy themselves whilst they are at Excel Sports Academy.
All our coaches are qualified to at least a UK Coaching Certificate Level 1 standard although many coaches are qualified to a higher standard. The vast majority of coaches will be first aid qualified and will be completing some form of further study in sport, e.g. Sports Coaching or PE Teaching. The coaches will also have a variety of previous coaching experience. While the coaches are there to make sure all the children are having fun, learning new sports skills and making friends they are also responsible for making sure the children are participating in a safe and age appropriate activities.
All our assistant coaches will have a high standard of sports participation and a desire to develop their coaching skills further. Many of these staff will be 1st or 2nd year undergraduate PE Teachers or Sports Coaches and will have first aid qualifications. Their role will be to help the coaches facilitate safe, fun and enjoyable sports activities for the children.