Expertise – a high level of knowledge or skill.
This is literally, the dictionary definition of the word “expertise”. How exactly you measure what constitutes a “high level” I’m afraid I don’t know. I love to learn and I love to teach. There is an old Chinese saying that goes something like, “Learn as though you are going to live forever, teach as though you were going to die tomorrow.” So, that is my philosophy. Whilst I am happy and eager to be the teacher, I am also forever the student. So, perhaps I will leave it to others to judge just how high my “high level of knowledge or skill” is.
My areas of, “so-called” expertise (I prefer to call them areas of interest) are:
Disability, physical, and learning. Mental health & wellbeing. Emotional intelligence. Unconscious bias. All things relating to Inclusion. Equality & diversity. Race, gender, and sexual orientation. Mentoring. Teaching and delivering workshops. Staff engagement and team building. Designing training programs. Event management. Marketing and social media and of course, inclusive sports coaching.Read More
A little bit more about me.
For a greater part of my early life, I worked in advertising, marketing and as a graphic designer. At a certain point in my life, I got bored with re-designing baked bin tin labels and decided to move into sports coaching. I landed a part-time job with Cambridge City Council as a Community sports coach and this eventually led to a full-time job as a sports development officer. This allowed me to work on some amazing projects including the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Cambridge Paralympic festival. Youth Games Plus (Children’s Disability Festival)
and numerous school games. Three Cambridge Disability Sports & Arts Festivals. The Big Weekend. Mini World Cup. Urban Sports Festival. The Tour de France Cambridge stage
and Junior Cycle Village. And memorably, the Ping Project (Table Tennis tables outside in parks and green spaces in Cambridge.)
Whilst in this role, I had the opportunity to work with groups as diverse as BAME, LGBTQ, Mental health service users, the homeless, various refugees and asylum seekers, and people with physical and learning disabilities. All the while trying to promote inclusion. During this time I trained in areas such as Mental health first aid, Building resilience, and disability awareness as well as many others.
Let’s make this all about me – A snapshot of recent activity and roles.
I am an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Trained), Caregiver.
I am a Mental Health First Aid trainer.
I ran the INVIGORATE mental health program for Cambridge City Council.
I was a Trustee with Steel Bones, UK Charity supporting people with limb loss.
I was a Trustee with Unity Enterprises East Anglia, a UK Charity supporting young people.
I was a member of the Cambridgeshire County Football Association
I am a current member of the (IAG) Inclusion Advisory Group.
I was the disability representative and council member of the Cambridgeshire FA
I am a Teacher, online and in-person, guest lecturer, and workshop tutor.
I am an author.
I do still coach (sports) but not so much (see pic below)
I am a runner, marathons, and ultra-marathons, but not so much (see pic below)
If you are wondering about the number of, “I was a.. or, I am a former member of…” in the list above, the picture below speaks a thousand words.
How about we leave it there? Suffice it to say that 2019/2020 was not kind to me health-wise.
I am pleased to say that I am very well now. Thank you for asking.
As the saying goes, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”.
Also, I do believe that one is better placed to talk about mental health, recovery, and resilience if one has had a certain amount of “personal” experience in these matters. ha, ha.
A few sporting qualifications.
L1 Disability Badminton Coach
L1 Boccia Coach
L1 Wheelchair Basketball Coach
L1 Multi-Sport Coach
L2 Gym Instructor
L2 Athletics Coach and Run leader
L3 Badminton Coach
L3 Adapting Exercise for Older Adults
L3 Adapting Exercise for People with Disabilities
L3 Exercise & Nutrition
L3 Exercise Referral
Also qualified to deliver:
Exercise to Music
Chair Based Exercise Programmes
And a few non- sporting qualifications.
Disability Awareness Tutor
Train the Trainer qualified
Understanding unconscious bias
Equality and diversity
Regular CPD training in:
Equity and Diversity
Safeguarding both Children and vulnerable adults
First Aid trained
Addenbrookes hospital – Strength and Balance physio sessions.
Volunteer at Fulbourn hospital – Personality Disorder Unit.
Volunteer at Granta Special School – working with various year groups.
Pupil Referral Units in Cambridgeshire delivering sports and exercise programs.
Stephen Morley on Social Media
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to view my website. Please feel free to look at my other social media platforms. They do give a good overview of the things that I am passionate about.
Why not view my Facebook pages? These posts mainly relate to my work in Inclusion and sport. https://www.facebook.com/whatisthisnow/
Interested in learning more about my writing?
See more on my author page
You can also “follow” me on Twitter.
Again, sport and inclusion Tweets can generally be found here https://twitter.com/inclusive_coach
Whereas, Tweets relating to all things to do with writing can be found