StreetGames has welcomed four new trustees and announced changes to its leadership team.

The charity, which harnesses the power of sport and physical activity to create positive change in the lives of disadvantaged young people, recently expanded its board of trustees and appointed John Cove, Director of Milton Keynes Dons FC, as its new chair.

Mr Cove has a longstanding track record of securing continued investment in community sport. He is Chair of the Milton Keynes Dons FC Sport and Education Trust - which develops and delivers education, health, inclusion and sporting projects to the whole of the local community.

John Cove said:

“I’m delighted to be a part of the work that StreetGames is doing to improve the lives and life chances of young people across the country through increasing access to sport. 2019 has been a big year for our work; with national partnerships announced with the Lawn Tennis Association and EAT, and a major expansion of our groundbreaking Fit and Fed campaign which provides food and activity for young people throughout the summer holidays.”

Our Board of Trustees has considerable expertise and experience in the sector and with four new trustees coming aboard I’m confident that StreetGames is ready to build upon our success and continue to grow our impact for the communities we serve.”


The StreetGames leadership team has also undergone changes, with founder and CEO Jane Ashworth OBE set to step back from the day-to-day running of the charity to spearhead a major new commission on place-based community sport. Mark Lawrie, StreetGames’ longstanding deputy CEO, will be taking charge of the organisation.

Mark Lawrie said:

“I’m incredibly proud to be taking the reins at StreetGames at this exciting time for the organisation. In the last 12 months we’ve had some notable successes, including leading the first social prescribing pilots for children and young people; running the country’s largest ever holiday programme with food, alongside Newcastle City Council; growing our work on bringing together the worlds of community sport and community safety; and raising more than £2.5 million to support community sport projects in the neighbourhoods where they are most needed.

These are big shoes to fill. Jane built StreetGames from the ground up and her vision, passion and drive have guided the organisation over the past 12 years. Fortunately, she will continue to play a leading role in shaping our future.”


StreetGames has also appointed four new trustees to their board:

Jackie Bryson is currently a Board member for Sport Northern Ireland and has previously worked at Chief Executive level at the Mountain Training Trust and Active Cheshire. She has also worked at a senior level within Sport England.

Andrew Cropper joins the Board with a strong understanding of the world of sports media. Andrew is a BBC Assistant News Editor and a multi-skilled journalist with more than 15 years’ experience working in TV, radio, print, digital and online.

Dominic Haddock is an experienced trustee with a professional background in fundraising and communications. Currently Head of Development and Communications for the English Touring Opera, Dominic founded the Hope Theatre in London and among many other achievements has previously been a successful Director and Producer at the King’s Head Theatre

Annabel Tarling’s experience includes her current role as Business Director for Ogilvy UK and previous communications roles with Comic Relief and the Girls’ Day School Trust. She was also involved in the early PR and communications work for the Invictus Games


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