Jamie Cairns

Jamie Cairns – Managing Director

With over 10 years’ experience, Jamie is highly experienced within the sport and education sector. In his previous role, Jamie held strategic responsibility for operational excellence and staffing throughout the organisation.  Jamie adopts a holistic approach to the management and development of young people, and is committed to providing them with high quality support and positive experiences and outcomes.

Through initially working with Gateshead YCP (youth crime prevention team) Jamie developed his ambition to become a positive role model for young people within the communities where Sporting Chance works.

Jamie’s roots are firmly entrenched in grassroots sports.  Whilst involved with Rutherford Football Club in Gateshead, Jamie became a member of the “Nike Players’ panel”. From this significant success, Jamie’s reputation within grassroots football grew and he was named a Nike ambassador for football.

A keen football player and coach, Jamie has won a host of regional and national coaching awards.  Jamie has extended his coaching qualifications to include local boxing clubs and other grassroots sports activity settings. Jamie has developed wide  experience of working with young people involved in the criminal justice system, young people who are not in full time employment, education or training (NEET) and those with an SEN requirement.  After gaining Qualified Teacher Status in 2016, Jamie is leading the way on how to approach education opportunities and making it an engaging and positive experience for young people.

Jamie now sits as Chair of Disability North, chairman of Rutherford AFC and governor of Cedars Academy.

“One thing the North East and America share is that they are both the land of opportunity. I truly believe the North East has amazing opportunities for young people. It’s my vision to support those that may need a little extra support academically or a positive role model in their life to unlock their true potential.’’