Kirsty is the Physical Literacy Programme for Schools (PLPS) manager for South West and Mid Wales. Through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Schools (TIPS), the PLPS also aims to support delivery of the Welsh Government’s strategic priorities for Closing the Gap and the Government’s commitment ‘to make physical literacy as important a developmental skill as reading and writing’. The PLPS has been linked with the Welsh Schools Challenge Cymru programme developed by the Welsh Government to support under-performing schools from the most deprived areas in Wales. PLPS teams are working with the 40 Pathways to Success Schools, their feeder Primaries, and an additional 15 schools to create bespoke interventions that address key priorities and support outcomes for young people.
Kirsty was previously a Physical Education and School Sport Manager for NPT and Powys. Prior to this, she was a Physical Education teacher for 9 years with additional responsibilities for being Head of Girls PE, Educational Visits Co ordinator (EVC), Healthy Schools Co ordinator and acting deputy head of sixth for 3 years. She is passionate about every child having equal opportunities and being taught through a child centred approach that has physicality transcending throughout.
Kirsty commitement to physical literacy is evident in her own leisure time as she highly values physical activity. She has represented Great Britain in European and World Lifesaving championships on many occasions. Her most memorable achievements were winning two gold medals in the European Life Saving Championships in Mallorca in 2001 and placing 4th in the International Challenge in Kurrawa, Australia in 2005. She also represented her county in netball and gymnastics. Her hobbies now include crossfit, horse riding, skiing and surfing.