Youth Leaders

Our youth leaders are all active sportspeople and volunteers. They have received specialist training from the German Sports University (Cologne), Edge Hill University staff, the Rugby Football League and Survivors Manchester. In 2014 they delivered workshops to groups of young sportspeople, hosted by Blundellsands Tennis Club, The Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club and the Department of Sport & Physical Activity at Edge Hill University. Since then they have gone on to campaign at a range of local, national and international events. If you would like to join our team, please get in touch, we have a range of roles and we rely on voluntary support from within the youth sports community.

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Joel Donnelly, 23

I am one of the founding members of SRYR UK. After expert training delivered across Europe I delivered workshops to other young people. I have subsequently delivered to the NSPCC, Sports University Austria, UK Athletics and many more. I also have experience researching within this area and have graduated a Masters from Edge Hill University.


Laura Swaffer, 21

PCET/PGCE in Sporting Education (University of Sunderland) and Edge Hill University graduate. I began my involvement with SRYR in March 2014 and since then have presented to Safeguarding officers linked with the NSPCC, NGBs in a variety of sports and university students all with the purpose to raise awareness to our project and challenge preconceived ideas about child sexual abuse in sport.


Stephen Mansfield, 25

I have been involved with SRYR since March 2014. The roles I have undertaken include speaking before various NGBs, delivering training sessions to Edge hill students and promoting the campaign to high profile organisations including NSPCC and UK Athletics. I am in the final stages of completing a Masters at the University of Chester, and I’m preparing for a PhD at Edge Hill in September. My research interests include mental health, child protection policy, young offenders/crime prevention.


Stuart Haw, 21

MSc Sports Management, Governance and Policy at Birkbeck College (University Of London) Since my second year at Edge Hill University studying PE and School Sport in 2014, I delivered many awareness raising workshops and lectures to various cohorts at the University. After my first year on the campaign, I delivered to sporting NGB’s, local councils and authorities, most significantly Survivors Manchester. Due to commitments, I now liaise with the main campaigners for social media and website endeavours.


Joe Moore, 22

I am one of the founding members of SRYR UK. After receiving expert training in Austria I have gone on to deliver workshops across the north west of England and have worked closely with such governing bodies such as the RFL and the LTA. I have also spoken about the project at the recent European Conference which was held at the House of the European Union in Vienna. As well as this I am also a full time tennis coach in Liverpool.

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Nick Ashley, 25

Nick is currently lecturing in sociology of Sport at Loughborough College. Nick’s research interests are in youth professional football and child protection and safeguarding in sport.


Jamie Elkaleh, 21

I participated in the training workshops in 2014 and since then have campaigned for SRYR at the Rugby League’s Magic weekend with other volunteers and have recently presented the #STOP1in5 campaign to other project teams in Cologne. I am the Head of Performance Analysis at Salford Red Devils and have great connections through Rugby.

Ellie Hodgson, 21

I am a final year Sports Development student. I have recently started my involvement with SRYR for my placement as the Events Coordinator. I plan to create and deliver 3 key events using sports and other sources to promote and raise awareness around child sexual exploitation; by reaching out to all students including people from outside the University. My hobbies include playing netball, going to the gym and studying.






Phillipa Collier, 22

I am in my third year of Sport Studies at Edge Hill. Since 2014 I have been involved with SRYR when I started attending workshops to gain more knowledge about issues in sport and safeguarding. I have helped to plan and deliver more workshops to other Edge Hill University students. I have also helped to recruit new members to SRYR by promoting the campaign. Towards the end of my first year at Edge Hill I produced scripts and created storyboards for radio/television adverts. Currently I am working on event planning and management in order to raise funds for the campaign but outside of my studies and the campaign I enjoy playing music (guitar and piano) and spending time with friends and family.

Grace Lamsdale, 21 

I am a final year Sports Studies student. I have recently become the Sport Respects Your Rights Social Media Coordinator. I plan to become an active and involved member of the SRYR campaign and plan to promote and raise awareness around child sexual exploitation through the social media outlets by promoting events, news stories and any other information and news associated with the campaign. I am excited to be involved with the organisation and hope to promote it as much as I can by reaching out to as many people as I can to help both raise awareness and support for this worthwhile campaign. My hobbies include swimming, running and study and I particularly enjoy socialising with friends and family



Brighde Martin, 21 

I am a final year Sports Studies student. Recently I have got involved with SRYR for my placement as a Web-site Coordinator. I plan to become more active with SRYR by promoting awareness  of sexual abuse in the sporting environment and child sexual exploitation, through the use of the SRYR website and also through promoting and attending events, also helping with workshops. I also aim to promote any SRYR campaigns and recruit new members to help with campaigns and the deliverance of workshops. My hobbies include Gaelic Football, attending the gym, and i also enjoy socialising with friends and family.