Meet the team


Meet the Active Coast & Country team


Matt Hewison

Sports Development ManagerTorch

Having gained an honours degree in Leisure Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University, which he completed after doing a HND in Leisure Studies at Yorkshire Coast College; Matt started work on a new Rural Motivation sports project with Scarborough Borough Council. He then became the manager of the Whitby Action Sport project before becoming the Sports Development Officer in 2001.

His main areas of work include; club, coach and volunteer development, delivering sports events, developing inclusive sport opportunities, assisting with the School Games programme, assisting clubs with funding applications, developing NGB sports development schemes to raise participation and providing a relevant coach education programme. Matt also organises the Sports Awards event for the Scarborough and District Sports Council.

Outside of work he is a school governor at Hawsker with Stainsacre Primary School, a keen golfer, cyclist and runner; who has completed 18 Great North Runs and also the Yorkshire Marathon, he also follows Manchester United and enjoys watching any sporting activity. He is also a tutor for UK Coaching, Sports Leaders UK, the Sporting Memories Network and a FA Licensed Football Coach.

Matt will directly line manage the Active Coast & Country team and project.

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Tony Howard

Community Sports Activator

Tony started work for his family’s long established business and then manageACC-Tonyd it for twenty years. He followed this by becoming a full time Sports Coach and started working for Ultimate Soccer School; a football and multi sports company based in Whitby which delivered PE in the local primary schools.

During that time Tony was instrumental in developing a link with Middlesbrough FC to develop a junior football centre in Whitby.

Tony is a FA Licensed Football Coach with the following football qualifications; UEFA B (Level 3), Youth Modules 1 & 2 and Futsal Level 1. He has also gained qualifications in Tag Rugby, Basketball, High 5 Netball and junior Cricket. He also holds the Leadership in Running and Fitness award

In his free time he like to keep fit by running and enjoys country side walks with his dog.

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