meet the team

Leadership Team

The company directors make up our leadership team. With a wealth of teaching and coaching experience between them, they are able to support, mentor and develop the whole coaching team across Sport, Music and Forest School. Each director holds a current Level 3 safeguarding qualification as well as Level 2 Paediatric first aid.

Marc Troman

Marc is the owner of Primary Sports and Education Limited and has been running the company for 9 years with great success and has built up an outstanding reputation. 

Marc graduated with a Sports Coaching and Conditioning degree from Hartpury College (University West of England) in 2008. He is UKCC Level 2 qualified in Football, Cricket and Dodgeball and has taught a wide range of other sports and activities to all age ranges and abilities including children with special needs. His strengths are his behaviour and classroom management strategies as well as his excellent work ethic and organisation. Marc has had experience of being involved in a professional environment with Plymouth Argyle where he represented them in a number of games at youth level. He also has played in the West of England Premier Cricket league with Glastonbury CC and played a big part in the team finishing runners up to Bath in 2006.

Marc is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Primary Sports and holds a Level 3 Safeguarding qualification.

Connor Bryan

Connor Bryan graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University studying Sport and Physical Education and has now become the Director of Primary Sports and Education (South Devon) Ltd. Connor is a Level 2 Cricket Coach and and has taught a wide range of other sports and activities to all age ranges and abilities including children with special/behavioural needs. He has played for Devon County Cricket Club since the age of 15 and currently plays for Paignton Cricket Club 1st XI where he successfully captained the team to promotion in 2013. His strengths are his behaviour and classroom management strategies as well as his excellent knowledge and clear understanding of the curriculum. The latter is supported by his recent qualification of becoming a Thrive Practitioner. Connor also works at Torbay School (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties School) where he is responsible for the delivery of 6 P.E sessions a week.

Tia Sloman

Tia has a degree in Sport Development and Coaching at the University of St Mark and St. John, in which she achieved a 2.1. During her degree she completed modules in coaching children in sport, sport health fitness and coaching for children.  Tia runs the North Devon franchise alongside her sister Jemma. She has represented Devon in tennis and has completed her level 3 tennis coaching qualification. Tia runs a development programme at Tarka Tennis centre in Barnstaple as well as leading a number of programmes in schools in Mid Devon for the company. Tia has a great work ethic and her enthusiasm towards the development of children is superb.

Jemma Sloman

Jemma is a Level 2 Tennis coach and has represented Devon in all age groups as well as South West of England at the British College Finals. She runs the North Devon franchise alongside her sister Tia. Jemma delivers a whole range of programmes to schools in North Devon and also coaches at the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple. Jemma has spent time in Romania coaching tag-rugby to children in different primary schools for the Tag Rugby Trust and has a desire to develop and progress children in a wide range of sports!

James Jarad

James Jarad

James graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2011 with a degree in Applied Sport and Exercise studies and runs the Dorset Franchise of Primary Sport and Education. James has been working in Primary schools since 2011 and is UKCC Level 2 qualified in Football and Dodgeball. He has a passion for working with children in Sport and has run several multi sports holiday clubs with great success. James specialises in the organisation of sports tournaments within the company and has organised several tournaments and school inter-house competitions with precision. In addition, James is qualified as a designated safeguarding lead having completed the level 3 safeguarding course in March 2018. James is also an experienced football referee having officiated up to semi-professional standard and is currently officiating on the National Futsal Super League. 

Ellen Blackwood

Ellen Blackwood

Ellen has graduated with a Sport, Physical Activity and Exercise degree from Durham University and is now studying for a Masters at Exeter University. Ellen runs part of the Dorset franchise and has now started our newest venture, Primary Forest Schools & Sports Education. She is a Level 2 qualified Basketball Coach, Level 1 Netball and Volleyball, and also a fully qualified sailing instructor as well as holding the Forest Schools qualification. Ellen has several years of coaching experience and led sessions in a variety of sports including multi-skills, athletics, dodgeball and rocket ball. She has spent 6 weeks in Zambia coaching netball, basketball and volleyball and 2 months in America working in an underprivileged camp as a lifeguard and swim teacher. Her strengths are being adaptable within her sessions and ensuring the participants are having fun whilst learning. Ellen’s own sporting background consists of playing National League basketball, and playing locally in netball and basketball whilst taking a leisurely approach to sail when she can.

Fay Nelmes

Fay is the Director of Primary Music & Education (, our sister company which provides specialist whole-class music provision in primary schools across the region. Fay graduated from The University of Liverpool with a BA(Hons) in Music and a PGCE in Primary Education with Music specialism from Exeter University, and has been a primary school teacher for over 20 years. She has worked as a peripatetic music teacher since 1997. She provides valuable mentoring and support to our newer coaches to aid their development in both an educational and pastoral sense. She also has developed our online assessments and delivers training to coaches. As a cellist, Fay's main specialism is strings but she also is a highly trained classical singer, formerly singing with the New Chamber Singers in Rome, and other instruments include piano, guitar, bass guitar and drumkit. She also specialises in composition.

Fay is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead for Primary Sports.

Greg Mugford

Greg Mugford

Greg is a Level 3 football & Multi-Skills coach with a huge passion for working in and around a KS1 and KS2 environment. He has previously had experience of working with Sporty Stars and Premier Sports before taking the role with us in January 2018. He has a very enthusiastic coaching style so each child can enjoy their learning in a positive coaching environment. He is always striving to improve and adapt sessions to individuals needs and most importantly have fun! Greg will be delivering our CPD, extra-curricular, Fun Fit and tournament/fixture programmes to school across Dawlish and Newton Abbott.

In 2019 Greg became head of coach development for the company. This allows him to provide individually-tailored support to each coach and to make sure they are making the best progress possible within their own coaching. His own style of coaching is tailored to every single class and being able to differentiate to the higher and lower ability children, in a structured and safe environment with the main focus on enjoyment and fun.

Lead Coaches

Our Lead Coaches are expected to deliver all our programmes across the whole range of the Physical Education Curriculum. Lead coaches will also be responsible for assessing each child at the end of each half term through our unique Online Portal System assessment process. Lead coaches have the opportunity to run their own Holiday Camp provision whereby they are able to invite pupils from other schools in the area to enjoy several days of planned activities out of term time.

Nathan Keast

Nathan has been working for Primary Sports and Education Since 2013 and has developed his coaching skills ever since. This has been from an excellent support system from Primary Sports, the schools support where he works and the various coaching and CPD courses he has attended over that time period.I n 2016 Nathan took over the Mid Devon area of the company. He has thoroughly enjoyed this extra responsibility within the company and being able to focus on the progression of the company as well as the day to day coaching requirements. In 2017 Nathan became head of coach development for the company. This allows him to provide individually tailored support to each coach and to make sure they are making the best progress possible within their own coaching. His own style of coaching is tailored to every single class and being able to differentiate to the higher and lower ability children, in a structured and safe environment with the main focus on enjoyment and fun.

Adam Bilcock

Adam joined the company in September 2016 and has made substantial progress in a short period of time. Adam is able to differentiate his lessons to meet the needs of both KS1 & KS2 children. Adam enjoys teaching a range of indoor and outdoor activities and can plan to challenge both the high and low ability pupils in a range of sports.

Adam comes from a sporting background having represented Devon and Exeter City in football up to the age of 16. Adam currently plays for Crediton United FC and also excels in tennis and cricket. 

Lee Evans

Lee is a Level 2 Football coach with several years of experience and a passion for sport and improving children’s achievements. He began coaching at Ilfracombe Arts College where he gained valuable knowledge in a wide range of sports and activities whilst also developing his own coaching style. He has also previously worked for Arsenal Soccer Schools and Torquay United FC delivering holiday camps, after school clubs and advanced development sessions. During this time he also delivered primary school PE workshops as well as a London 2012 Olympics-themed workshop for children through the National Lottery. His strengths are being able to innovate sessions to meet all the needs of the children and creating a fun atmosphere to engage in learning. He currently plays football for Okehampton Argyle in the Devon & Exeter Premier League. Lee will be delivering a number of programmes across schools in Devon and Somerset.

Connor Ashworth

Connor is a Level 2 Cricket Coach and has also played for Devon at U17 through to U21 level. After spending 8 months in Melbourne playing cricket in 2014/2015, he returned to his home club of Paignton where he plays regular 1st XI cricket and had an important role in the teams promotion straight back to the Devon Premier League this season As well as cricket, Connor has played many sports such as; Football, Handball and Tennis while studying Sports and Exercise Science at South Devon College. One of Connor’s main assets is his patience and enthusiasm when coaching.

Greg Hooper

Greg joins us from Exeter City Community Trust where he gained valuable experience working in different primary schools across Exeter and East Devon. Greg is a qualified tennis and football coach and has a BSc (hons) in Sports Studies along with a PGCE in Primary Education. Greg has worked in the leisure industry for over 10 years and has been in around gyms and sports centres as a Duty Manager, lifeguard and gym instructor. Greg has a passion for all sports but particularly excels in coaching football, cricket, tennis and basketball. Greg enjoys working with children of a primary school age as he believes pupils are enthusiastic and competitive which reminds him of what he was like at school. Greg has played football at University 1st team level and represented various clubs around Devon. He currently plays football for Uplowman F.C in the Devon and Exeter district league. He also likes to play some golf when the weather is fair and there is no football fixture to commit to.

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Lloyd Murrin

Lloyd is one of our new shadow coaches and have been working with us since March 2019. He brings a wealth of experience to our team as he previously worked as a TA at a primary school for 6 years working with SEN children and delivering sports programmes to foundation children. Lloyd has a great work ethic and attitude towards his role and is a positive role model for children. Lloyd currently holds a Level 1 coaching qualification in Football, Rugby and Cricket and runs one of the junior teams at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club in East Devon. He studied at Exmouth Community College and achieved his National diploma in Sports Education, coaching and fitness. He recently returned from South Africa after spending the winter playing Cricket in Cape Town before returning to captain Budleigh Salterton 1st team. He has represented Devon in both Cricket and Rugby at junior level.

Shadow Coaches

Our Shadow coaches will work alongside lead coaches observing how they plan, differentiate and deliver lessons. This will allow them to improve their own practise and gain valuable experience before progressing into becoming a lead coach. After several weeks of observing and learning the practise of a lead coach, shadow coaches will then take on the responsibility of leading sessions under the supervision of the lead coach. Consistent feedback and lesson observations are provided to the shadow coach as this gives them an opportunity for improvement and to develop their knowledge and coaching styles.

Joel Ashworth

Joel Ashworth

Joel is currently undertaking a shadow programme with one of our lead coaches whilst doing an apprenticeship course in sports coaching at Ivybridge College. He gained his BTEC National Diploma in Sports Development and Coaching last summer. Joel has coached a range of invasion sports to children with a vast range of abilities and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. He will be studying for his Cricket Level 2 Coaching Award during the winter. Whilst at college he played Rugby for the Ivybridge Academy and has represented Exeter Chiefs in the AASE league. Joel currently plays Rugby for Torquay and Cricket for Paignton. 

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Max Gillard

Max joined our team after being a part of the Exeter City Football Academy. For the past two years he has been a full-time footballer whilst also completing a Level 3 BTEC and an NVQ in Sport and Excellence. Max is also a Level 2 qualified football coach. He currently plays for Exmouth Town Football Club and regularly visits the gym. Max enjoys all sports, whether it’s teaching, participating or watching. He wants to inspire and develop all children's sporting achievements to enable them to reach their full potential. He understands the importance of teaching children how to be fit and active. 

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Bess Ashworth

Bess is currently studying her Level 2 rowing coach qualification and brings experience of working in school environment from her previous role as a sports coach. During her youth she represented Devon u18 at county level as well as representing her club at the World pilot gig rowing championships for the last two years. She has studied Sport Science at South Devon College as will be working part time for Primary Sports whilst studying at Marjons university in Plymouth. Bess will be used a shadow and holiday camp coach whilst working alongside our lead coaches. 

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Ed Doble

Ed is currently studying at Cardiff University studying Sports management but has a passion for sports coaching and seeing children develop to their best ability. He has recently completed his Level 2 Cricket qualification with the ECB and runs youth programmes at Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club. Ed is currently under going a shadow programme and is working with a number of our lead coaches and has been running holiday camp provision across the County.

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