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Staying Safe in Sport

Sport should be fun, enjoyable and safe for all children and young people. Find out who to contact if you're not feeling safe in sport.

Sport should be fun, enjoyable and safe for all children & young people.

But if you are:

  • not enjoying your sports sessions
  • feel intimidated by your coach or not being helped in the right way
  • being bullied by other children or adults

Then there are people that can help.

If something is making you feel uncomfortable, worried or unhappy, someone is making you keep secrets or making you do something you don’t want to do, please tell someone and they can help.

You can tell:

  • A family member or whoever looks after you
  • A friend
  • A teacher
  • An adult you trust
  • Active Sussex

You can contact a member of the Active Sussex team who will listen to you and help take the right steps to sort out what is worrying you. To do this we will need to write down what you tell us and can’t promise not to tell anyone else. But we will only tell the people that need to know to help us to sort things out.

Contact our Safeguarding Leads

Nick Chellel: 07766 894494

Gemma Finlay-Gray: 07760 164001

National Safeguarding Contacts

If our Safeguarding Leads aren’t available then please contact one of the following:

If you’re 11-19 years old you can also text your school nurse between 9am-4pm Monday to Friday, who can provide support with lots of things such as bullying, mental health, relationships and much more. Text 07480 635424.

Nick Chellel

Strategic Workforce Officer

Nick is the Strategic Workforce Officer for Active Sussex, leading on workforce development for Active Sussex and the implementation of the Workforce Delivery Plan. Nick leads on projects such as the Workforce Investment Fund, Coach Core and Project 500, and is also the CYP Safeguarding Lead Officer for Active Sussex.

Gemma Finlay-Gray

Strategic Relationship Manager

Gemma is responsible for managing key strategic stakeholder relations to tackle physical inactivity across Sussex, with a focus on increasing levels of physical activity for people with a disability, those from lower socio-economic groups, and women and girls. She oversees the Sussex Disability Sports Network, is the Lead Adult Safeguarding Officer, Deputy CYP Safeguarding Officer, Equalities lead and acts as the Active Partnership’s Human Resources lead.