Grant helps Ja­nine pur­sue her pas­sion

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Ja­nine Brown has taken an un­con­ven­tional route into sports coach­ing but her com­mit­ment is pay­ing off af­ter re­ceiv­ing a large cash grant.

Brown, 32, is one of 50 coaches from across the UK to have been awarded a Gil­lette Great Start Grant in celebration of their tire­less ef­forts help­ing in­di­vid­u­als and clubs in sport.

But it has only been since 2011 that, af­ter stints in both Bri­tish Trans­port and Kent Po­lice as well as ath­let­ics schol­ar­ships in Amer­ica, Brown has been able to earn a liv­ing from her pas­sion.

She is now com­mu­nity and sports de­vel­op­ment man­ager at Hayes­brook School in Ton­bridge and will use the grant to­wards gain­ing a Level 3 ath­let­ics qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The course will boost her coach­ing skills even fur­ther, af­ter what Brown ad­mits has been a rapid three years since ini­tially start­ing out as an in­tern.

She said: “I’m rpleased. I think I’ve re­ceived it be­cause I’ve booked to go on a UK Ath­let­ics Level 3 course, all the money has been passed over to that as it can take a lot to get the qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“It’s im­por­tant be­cause it’s go­ing to help me de­velop and gain some new skills to pass on to the kids.

“I was in the po­lice force for six years and de­cided to leave that and move back to Amer­ica, where I had been on sev­eral ath­let­ics schol­ar­ships – sport has al­ways been part of my life and still is.

“I came back and I al­ways wanted to do sport more but with my po­lice work, I had to make a de­ci­sion and take a gam­ble and I got a job as an in­tern.

“The door opened and I got an in­ter­view at Hayes­brook and I’ve learned so much since then.”

In be­tween her school du­ties, Brown

‘I had to make a de­ci­sion

and take a gam­ble’

The 2013 Gil­lette ‘Great Starts’ cam­paign cel­e­brates com­mu­nity coaches and in­spires the next gen­er­a­tion of coaches by pro­vid­ing them with grants to fund their next level qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2783929

LOOK­ING TO DE­VELOP: Ja­nine Brown

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