About Us

About Sporting Influence

Having worked as a teacher in secondary schools for twelve years I began to notice alarmingly low levels of ability in sport when children arrived in year seven. It was not just the minority that began secondary school without some of the basic fundamental skills of stability, locomotion and object control skills. I felt a desire to get into the Primary schools more and work with teachers and pupils to reach higher levels of performance, understanding and enjoyment in PE.

The last six years has involved me teaching in Primary schools, initially on my own and now with a team of high quality teachers and coaches, I have realised the difficulties the Primary Schools face on a day to day basis. Lack of facilities – small halls and large class sizes, depleted equipment stores and a serve lack of training for new teachers in PE. This can lead to lessons that are uninspiring for children, uncomfortable for the staff and with little progress from the pupils through primary education.

The aim of the Primary PE Premium is to change this and make an impact. All of the teachers at Sporting Influence get a fantastic sense of achievement working with pupils at a younger age and preparing them properly for what lies ahead.


David Moss – Founder

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Our Five Social Skills

At Sporting Influence we underpin all our sessions around our five social skills (above). We believe that developing these skills in young children will help to create a better society in future years.

Take a look below at our philosophies, have how they differ between term time teaching and our childcare Activity Camps.

Mission Statement

Meet the Team

David Moss - Founder

Favourite Sport- Football & cricket.
Favourite Team(s)- Liverpool FC, Huddersfield Town.
Sporting Hero- Steven Gerrard
Favourite Colour- Sporting Influence Red
Favourite Sport to Teach- Cricket
Favourite Band- Oasis – 15 years ago
Coaching Ethos- To Inspire, motivate and develop both sports and social skills
Qualifications- Fifteen years teaching Secondary PE
Delivering Primary PE for Sporting Influence since 2012
PGCE in Secondary PE – Leeds Met
BA Hons in Sports Studies – Northumbria
FA Preliminary (level 2)
ECB Cricket Level 2
Cricket level 1
FA Leaders
Rugby League – level 1
Tchoukball level 1
Rugby union leaders
Emergency at Work First Aid
Athletics level 1

Dan McTernan

Favourite Sport Cricket and Football
Favourite Team(s)- Manchester United, England Cricket
Sporting Hero- Freddie Flintoff
Favourite Colour- Red
Favourite Sport to Teach- KS1 Themed lessons and Tchoukball
Favourite Singer/Band- Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons
Coaching Ethos- I believe that sport and PE gives children the opportunity to learn skills that can set them up for the rest of their life. By encouraging children to practise and master physical and social skills through our sessions we can encourage them to become well-rounded individuals, as well as experiencing the positive affects physical activity has on our bodies.
Qualifications- BA Hons (with QTS) Teaching & Learning in Primary Education,                              
ECB Level 2 (Cricket)

Will Whitford

Favourite Sport- Football, Cricket & Basketball.
Favourite Team- Sheffield Wednesday.
Sporting Hero- Chris Waddle
Favourite colour- Blue
Favourite sport to teach- Basketball
Favourite singer/band- Chico & Ricky Martin
What is your coaching ethos-    As a teacher of PE I believe children learn best by doing. I aim to deliver active, engaging lessons which children enjoy helping to develop physical and social skills.
I’ve got experience as 5 years secondary PE Teacher
Degree in Physical Education and Sports Studies (2:1)
Coach North Yorkshire Schools U16 Football Team
ECB Cricket for teachers
SAQ Fundamental Movement Award
Level 1 & 2 Certificate in Coaching Football
Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
Level 1 Assistant Coach in Basketball
Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union
Start Coaching IRB Rugby Ready Course
Level 2 Certificate in Swimming Pool Supervision and Rescue
Level 1, 2, 3 in Sport, Dance and Volunteering Qualifications – Sports Leaders UK Training
UKCC Level 1 & 2 Trampoline Gymnastics

Chris Doey

Favourite Sport- Cricket and Triathlons
Favourite Team(s)- Leeds United, Yorkshire CCC, Farsley Celtic
Sporting Hero- Darren Gough
Favourite Colour- Blue
Favourite Sport to Teach- KS1 Themed lessons & Football
Favourite Singer/Band- Jack Savoretti
Coaching Ethos- Sport is a fantastic vehicle for developing children in all aspects of life. I am a strong believer of using sport as a medicine for health and behavioural issues as well as to drive a competitive edge.
Qualifications- BA Hons Sports Development and Secondary Education.
ECB Level 2 (Cricket)
FA Level 1 (Football)
Level 1 (Tchoukball)
Level 1 (Gymnastics)

Rachel Wilcox

Favourite Sports- Hockey and horse riding
Favourite Team(s)- Southampton FC
Sporting Hero- Pippa Funnell
Favourite Colour- Green
Favourite Sport to Teach- Tag Rugby Hockey
Favourite Singer/Band- Currently like George Ezra and Bastille
Coaching Ethos- I believe all children should be given access to a wide range of sporting experiences allowing them to find the one that they love and that motivates them. Sport and exercise have huge physical and mental benefits and we if we can find one we enjoy then it is easy to maintain and therefore feel the benefits throughout life. Therefore my aim is that all PE lessons should be inclusive and fun as well as preparing children for later life and developing their social skills.
Qualifications- BSc Sports Science
PGCE Primary
20 years as primary class teacher often teaching PE across school to all age groups
Coaching qualifications in football, rugby, netball, swimming, gymnastics and cricket.
RSA Exercise to Music

Nick Crooks

Favourite Sport- Football, Tchoukball

Favourite Teams- Arsenal

Sporting Hero- Carles Puyol, Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi

Favourite Colour- Burgundy (Red).
Favourite sport to teach- Crossover, Football, Dodgeball
Favourite Singer/ Band- Coldplay
Coaching Ethos- I believe that sport and physical education is the fundamental tool to develop a well rounded individual. It is a key contributing factor, to a young persons mental health, physical development, social skills, confidence and leadership skills. The importance of sport in today’s society is crucial, as it is a leading contender to tackle the rise of obesity and technology.
2:1 Degree in Secondary Physical Education and Sports Coaching.
FA level 1 Football Coaching
FA level 1 Special Needs Football Coaching
Level 1 Tchoukball Coaching

Neil Atkinson

Favourite Sport- Football
Favourite Team(s)- Spurs, Union Berlin
Sporting Hero- David Beckham
Favourite Colour- Blue
Favourite Sports to Teach- Gymnastics
Favourite Singer/Band- Fleetwood Mac
Coaching Ethos- I love to see all children participating and being able to access any sport.  I am keen on children being able to teach themselves with me as a facilitator rather than constant instruction. 

Katie Webster - Marketing

Favourite Sport – Football
Favourite Team(s)- Manchester City W.F.C
Sporting Hero- Steph Houghton
Favourite Colour- Purple
Favourite Sport to Teach- Girls Football of course!
Favourite Singer/Band- Jess Glynne & Tom Zanetti
Coaching Ethos- I believe that all children should have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of sport. I want all children to enjoy the benefits derived from sport such as, developing key skills, health and fitness, better wellbeing.
Qualifications- Currently working towards Media & Marketing degree at Leeds Trinity University.

Louise Sanderson - Finance

Favourite Sport- I like all sports.
Favourite Teams- Team GB
Sporting Hero- Tom Daley
Favourite Colour- Purple
Favourite Band- Take That
Coaching Ethos-Any queries on invoices, childcare vouchers, insurances, contracts or the like may be addressed directly to Louise at sportinginfluencefinance@gmail.com.

Partners & Ambassadors


Katie White OBE – School Governor

Everyone is looking for ways to spend money most effectively for maximum outcome. Sporting Influence has proved themselves to be a incredibly valuable organisation, benefiting pupils and staff across the Yorkshire region. David and his team are passionate about making a difference to kids and it shows in their creativity and results.

Simon Blower – Director, Pobble

Pobble is delighted to work alongside the Sporting Influence team on our successful Literacy through Sport initiative. As Director of the company and an experienced school leader I consider carefully who Pobble partners with on any initiative. I had no hesitation in working with Dave on a range of projects. He is very professional, builds excellent links with schools and also develops great relationships with pupils. As a result of this we always see great impact in the work we do together. As a school leader I would have no hesitation in asking him to work in my school.


Harrogate High School

Sporting Influence use the excellent facilities of Harrogate High for competitions weekly and our literacy through sports program with Pobble. The partnership also includes running a annual sports camp for the new Year 7 pupils moving to Harrogate High.


Click here to visit the harrogate High School website.

Leeds Beckett University

Since 2014 Leeds Beckett have worked alongside Sporting Influence to provide opportunities for work placements, advertise part time and full time roles and speak at the employability conference which helps develop links between students and local sports businesses.


Click here to visit the Leeds Beckett University website.

Leeds Trinity University

Sporting Influence work alongside Leeds Trinity University providing fantastic opportunity for students to gain hands on experience during their work experience. The University also advertise part time positions for students looking for some work outside of University.


Click here for the Leeds Trinity University website. 

AIM Martial Arts

We have set up in Partnership with AIM Martial Arts centre in Harrogate. There is a great synergy between both businesses with our shared philosophy on behaviour.  Our sports through literacy program is delivered in conjunction with AIM Martial Arts.

Harrogate Tennis

We have a partnership with Harrogate Tennis Club.  Being a local tennis company with links to several local tennis clubs Harrogate Tennis are looking forward to introducing more children to tennis in the area.


Click here to find out more about Harrogate Spa Tennis.

The Unity

We are partnered with and working closely alongside The Unity to increase the awareness and develop peoples understanding of different disabilities and barriers that can prevent children from reaching their potential. We also have some big ideas for sponsorship events, so please keep your eyes peeled!

Improving social skills through sport


Sporting Influence Activity Camps are a fun and safe environment for your children to learn and develop social skills during the school holidays. Our Camps are always inclusive and we love having a wide range of children from different backgrounds and children who enjoy a range of sports and activities.

Sporting Influence After School Clubs are a fun and exciting hour of games, sports and activities to engage children in disguised learning and exercise. Playing a wide range of games and sports (club dependant) the children will work on specific skills all underpinned by our five social skills.