Ian McCombes, Just Bowl Co-Ordinator
Originally from an engineering background, Ian studied for a degree in Sports Development as a mature student at the University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth before moving to the Gambia to volunteer with the Gambian National Olympic Committee.
On his return to the UK, Ian worked for City College Plymouth as an Activities Coordinator and completed a MA in Sports Development before moving to Yorkshire where he worked as a Further Education Sports Coordinator (FESCo) at Scarborough 6th Form and a Sports Lecturer and FESCo at Yorkshire Coast College.
From 2011 to 2018 Ian worked for AoC Sport (formerly British Colleges Sport) as a Regional Operations Officer supporting colleges to provide sporting opportunities for their students and a Sports Development Manager where he was responsible for managing the regional officers. He was also responsible for project managing the organisations’ cup finals and National Championships, as well as working closely with the Rugby Football Union to provide insight into rugby in the Further Education sector. Additional, he has presented at conferences for The Gambian National Olympic Committee, Yorkshire Coast College and AoC Sport.
Since working for Just Bowl, Ian has enhanced his partnership working skills which has resulted in Just Bowl being delivered in several cancer support groups, various Guinness Care sites and Livewell Hospitals. The team have also developed good working relationships with Sanctuary Care, North Devon NHS Care Services and East Devon NHS Care Services. Ian has also developed his knowledge of the care sector by attending a number of conferences and events such as the Residential and Care Show at London Excel, The Care Show at NEC, Activity Matters Conference at Middlesex University, Active Devon’s More Movement Conference, The Alzheimer’s Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide launch and How to Stay Active in Later Life event held by Age UK. Furthermore, he has undertaken training in Dementia Friends and Understanding Gender and worked with colleagues to produce a training module for Just Bowl.
Kevin Else, Senior Just Bowl Officer
Kevin has been with Just Bowl since it began in 2018. During this period, he has been responsible for the delivery of training to all partners including more than 27 care homes and several groups that work with those recovering from cancer.
More than 160 staff and volunteers have received training with participants learning how to make best use of the equipment to ensure that it is inclusive and FUN and meets the individual needs of their clients.
“Thank you for the training session, it has been well worth it and we found it so useful” -Staff member
Over the past 18 months Kevin has developed new equipment which will better support the needs of the individuals taking part especially those with dementia and other special needs.
Kevin has also been responsible for securing a sponsorship deal for Just Bowl, which is the beginning of a very exciting and successful partnership with Utility Bidder.
To develop both his knowledge and skills Kevin has attended a number of conferences and events including the Residential & Care Home Show at London Excel, Activity Matters Conference at Middlesex University, Care Home Show at the NEC, The Alzheimer’s Dementia-friendly Sport and Physical Activity Guide launch and the How to Stay Active in Later Life event held by Age UK.
Other training has included a four- day filming course to develop skills that can be utilised to support the marketing and promotion of Just Bowl and Dementia Friendly training.
Kevin has also written multiple case studies showing the impact Just Bowl has on the physical, mental and social wellbeing of those taking part.
“It’s so rewarding to hear all the amazing stories of participants benefiting from taking part in Just Bowl sessions”.