The YSJActive Team
Left to right - Backrow; Martin Bond, Dean Armstrong, Rachael
Marshall, Richard Smith. Left to right - Frontrow; Becky
Scott, Sarah Hawley
Dean Armstrong - YSJActive Team Coordinator
Dean is responsible for coordinating YSJActive's daily
activities as well as working with local employers and
young people, educating them on issues such as health, nutrition
and physical fitness.
He is a graduate of York St John University,
with a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Studies and has worked for
YSJActive since 2008. He also works with athletes, sports
teams and gifted youngsters, delivering sport-specific support,
particularly in the area of strength and conditioning. Dean is a
Level 3 Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist, an Active IQ
Tutor and Assessor and a Level 1 Rugby League
Coach. He is currently working towards a Masters in
Sport and Exercise Nutrition. Dean’s interests include
rugby league, inclusive sport, and cooking!
Richard Smith -Development Officer, Facility Use and
As a YSJActive Development Officer Richard’s main responsibility
is facility use and development, but he also has a keen interest in
health, wellbeing and the promotion of a generally active
Richard is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer and Sports Massage
Therapist, qualified in exercise instruction for Pre and Post Natal
and programming and supervising exercise with disabled
clients. He is an Active IQ Tutor and Assessor, UK Athletics
Endurance Coach and Tutor, Chair of the North Yorkshire Athletics
Network and a coach of beginner and marathon training groups.
Richard is also a member of the Executive Board of Active York. Any
spare time is spent running, cycling and playing golf!
Sarah Hawley - Development Officer, Vocational and Coach
Sarah’s main role within YSJActive is to organise coaching and
exercise industry courses.
Sarah graduated from York St John University in 2006 with a BA
(Hons) degree in Counselling Studies and holds Level 2 certificates
in Fitness Instructing (Gym), Circuit Instructing, Instructing
Kettlebells, Adapting Fitness Instruction for Adolescents, and
Level 3 certificates in Nutrition for Physical Activity,
Programming and Supervising Exercise with Disabled Clients and
Designing Exercise Programmes for Pre and Post Natal
Clients. Sarah is also an Active IQ Tutor/Assessor/IV and a
tutor for Sports Coach UK.
She is currently working towards her Level 3 Personal Trainer award
and a Masters in Child and Youth. She is very interested in
the area of childhood obesity and hopes to work with this issue in
the future. Sarah’s interests include kettlebells, music and
Martin Bond - YSJActive Instructor
Martin's role in YSJActive is to support and develop the
York St John Inclusive Activity Club (YSJIAC), Converge and other
Martin has over 14 years of experience of
working with people with mental health issues. In addition to
working within mental health, he has also worked on a GP Exercise
Referral Scheme and taught BTEC diplomas to professional
footballers at Middlesbrough and York City Football Clubs.
Martin holds an MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology, BSc Sport
and Exercise Science, Professional Graduate Certificate in
Education, British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and
Rehabilitation Phase IV Exercise Instructor, GP Exercise Referral
Instructor and Gym Instructor. Martin enjoys improving
the health and well-being of others, playing football, going to the
gym and being a daddy!
Rachael Marshall - YSJActive Assistant Instructor
Rachael graduated from the University of Hull, Scarborough
Campus in the summer of 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Sport and Leisure
Management. Originally from Lincolnshire, Rachael moved to
Scarborough permanently after graduating.
Along with her degree Rachael has qualifications in Level 2
Fitness Instructing, Level 3 Personal Training, Circuit Training,
Gym Based Boxing and Group Cycling. She would like to further
herself in Sports Development along with achieving more vocational
Rachael is particularly interested in football (playing and
watching); she has played for several years which have involved
captaining her local and university team. Rachael’s interests
including playing in other sports such as squash, the arcades by
the beach and doing the housework!
Becky Scott - YSJActive Assistant Instructor
Becky graduated from York St John University in 2012 with a BA
(Hons) degree in Sport, Society and Development. She has a L2
certificate in Fitness Instructing and a L2 certificate in coaching
netball alongside a number of other sport specific coaching and
Over the summer Becky travelled to America to coach a range of
sports to people between the ages of 8 and 80 who had both physical
disabilities and mental health issues. In the future this is
something she would like to specialise in.
Becky is a keen netball player and captained the university club
in her 3rd year alongside playing for her home team the
Huddersfield Giants. Aside from netball Becky’s interests include:
running, the gym, shopping, watching rugby league and
travelling.The core YSJActive team are supported by a team
of Leisure Assistants. The Leisure Assistants
are all students on sports degree programmes and are all
qualified gym instructors.
YSJActive are managed by Dr Michelle Jones, Head of Sport, and
work closely with Senior Lecturers John Gray and Mark Sullivan.