Over the past seven years Tom has played an invaluable role in ensuring more people in the London Borough of Southwark and surrounding areas can get involved, stay in and enjoy Sport. It is through Tom's hard work, dedication and selflessness that more people are now active in the Borough. Tom plays a vital role for two of the largest clubs based within the Borough of Southwark; Southwark City Tennis Club; and The Lynn Boxing Club, the oldest continuing Amateur Boxing Club.
At Southwark City Tennis Club Tom is the club secretary and ensures many more people can play tennis by securing funding, organising programmes and recruiting and training new volunteers in a variety of roles. Many people have now lost track of the number of successful grant applications he has made on behalf of the club they range from Sport England grants right through to community chest and charity applications, all of which have a huge impact in the clubs ability to offer affordable tennis activities to local residents.
Tom has always had a family connection with Lynn Boxing Club who are the oldest surviving Amateur Boxing Club in Britain, as his Grandfather once boxed competitively for the club. He now volunteers his time to ensuring the club can continue to operate out of their current site by working to secure funding and liaising with the Council to negotiate viable options for the club. He works closely with Southwark Volunteer Centre and other agencies to recruit, train and manage new volunteers to ensure the club will remain an integral part of the community for years to come.
At both clubs Tom has had a direct role in recruiting, training and deploying over 30 volunteers and both organisations can now be advertised as a genuine volunteering exit route for many different local programmes. Tom also sits on many different steering groups in his spare time including the Burgess Park Sports Steering Group, a Youth Practitioners Group, as well as volunteering on stall