Start Again Project extends a warm welcome to our new Director of Sport & Physical Wellbeing, Jamie Bunch.
Jamie, who joins the team at a pivotal season in our growth will oversea the development of Start Again’s Health and Wellbeing programmes which include sport, physical activity and mentoring. Start Again recognises the role sport and wider meaningful activity can play in the support of young people. In the few short months Jamie has been with Start Again he has already played a significant role in ensuring that our services are developing according to the needs of our young people and also tightening the work we undertake with our partners.
Jamie initially pursued a career as a footballer, enjoying seasons as a young professional with Birmingham City FC and then on a part-time basis with several non league Football Clubs. He remained in football as an administrator, joining West Bromwich Albion’s Football in the Community Scheme. During his 13 years with the West Midlands club, Jamie worked his way up to the position of Sporting Director, playing a lead role in the development of the rebranded Albion Foundation into a nationally recognised scheme. He has spearheaded many local, regional and national initiatives that branched out from the football development staple into wider sport and community initiatives, including the formation of the unique Sporting Club Albion concept. His skills and capabilities have taken him all over the country strategically working from grassroots to professional level with clubs such as Burton Albion, West Bromwich Albion’s Academy and Tottenham Hotspurs. Since returning to work in the Midlands Jamie has continued to work on a variety of programmes and initiatives though consultancy contracts and after initially providing some consultancy support to Start Again agreed to become a Director of Start Again Project.
Speaking about his role with Start Again, Jamie Said:
“I am really pleased to have committed to Start Again Project after enjoying my time working here in a consultancy capacity. I’ve been at the forefront of developing community sport operations in professional football clubs in both London and the Black Country and I genuinely believe we have similar potential here. There is a real opportunity in Birmingham to create sport and meaningful activity based programmes that engage, inspire and make a real difference to the well being of local young people”
Jamie will play an active role in the development of new partnerships for Start Again. When asked his thought’s on the importance of this, he said:
“Creating genuine working partnerships will be essential, especially in these changing times however we hope the quality of our work and the impact it has will enable us to attract the resources to allow us to increase our provision across the city”.