My sporting life began at 13 years old when I first played basketball and became a volunteer sports leader. For the first time I began to realise how enjoyable sport could be and how I could support others experience the same level of fun and satisfaction. Although I played sport regularly at that time, it was the leadership and coaching that interested me the most. I volunteered at school holiday programmes, residential camps and weekend sports clubs during my school years and completed up to and including Higher Sports Leaders Award. The theory side of sport and physical activity led me to choose BSc Exercise and Sports Sciences at the University of Exeter where i knew I wanted to be able to support other people to experience sport who may not find accessing sport easy.
Since leaving university, that passion has led me on a journey where I have watched hundreds of children, young people and adults smile, gain satisfaction and learn how to play and perform in sport. I have over 10 years experience in sport development throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic legacy era supporting clubs and organisations develop their activities to increase and improve opportunities for their members and participants. This has been through building networks, funding advice, coach education support and mentoring. I have now been coaching for 25 years across many disciplines and sports including archery, basketball, boccia, orienteering, rebound therapy, trampolining and a huge range of multisport and inclusive activities. Most recently I have spent 10 years developing a community based facility on a school site where I have been able to offer this range of activities to the local people.
In 2007, I met Hannah.........
My sporting life took a slightly different turn. With a passion for dance and performing, after trying many different types, I became a cheerleader. Back in the 90s cheerleading was just becoming established in the UK, this gave me a fantastic opportunity to travel, perform in public and work with celebrities. In 2002 I began a community team for teenage girls and four years later Loud & Proud was born. Loud & Proud Cheer became a programme for fun recreational and All Star competitive cheer.
In addition to coaching cheer I have also played a part in the development including tutoring courses for cheerleading associations, being the UK representative for The World Cheerleading Championships 2013, Thailand and judging cheer and dance.
Safe to say I LOVE ALL THINGS CHEER!
Emma and Hannah
A partnership of great minds and passions began. We both wanted to offer high quality inclusive sport to local people at recreational and competitive level.
We co-founded High Peak Trampolining and Rebound Therapy Club, which won High Peak Sports Club of the Year in its first year. We have worked with young leaders offering training and volunteering opportunities in Trampolining and Cheerleading where many have gone on to undertake coaching qualifications and seek employment in this field.
At the same time, Hannah's cheerleading teams were winning regional and national competitions and Emma was striving to increase the number of and access to sporting opprtunities for disabled people as well as supporting local sports clubs in Glossop through the Glossopdale Sport and Recreation Forum. However, generic sports venues were limiting for the sports and activities that could be offered.
Bounce and Cheer Education (BACE) was born
A dedicated facility offering Cheerleading, Trampolining, Rebound Therapy and Disability Sport opportunities as well as Leadership Academy Training Opportunities and a variety of other specialist activities. Please take a look through our menus, pages and FAQ's.