Who We Are

Daniel Smyth is a psychodynamic therapist based in inner London. He is the founder and creator of the Sport and Thought, Football as Therapy social enterprise and currently works throughout London on this project.

Daniel works with both adolescents and adults in a therapeutic context and also offers consultancy on institutional work based dynamics working alongside senior leadership teams in a number of inner city secondary schools and within the corporate world. He also delivers motivational workshops in various settings.

Daniel’s work has been recognised at governmental level on a number of occasions. He has spoken at a number of conferences, most recently at Doha Goals in Qatar, national and international television, live national radio and given seminars at institutions including the Freud museum London.

His academic paper “Sport and Thought, Football as Therapy, A year in the life of an inner city project” was published in April 2014 by Routledge.

He has worked with the FA, and currently works with Queens Park Rangers Football Club and Arsenal Football Club amongst other partners.

Oliver Jackson

FA level 1 Coach and Mentor

Oliver’s experience of working with young people started 25 years ago when he volunteered to work with Dalston Youth Project engaging hard to reach adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems. This experience inspired him to understand the potential for personal growth in all young people regardless of their backgrounds given exposure to positive influences and interventions and an opportunity to discover and develop their unique strengths.

Subsequently, Oliver has worked extensively for Youth Advocate Programmes UK (YAP UK), a pioneering organisation originating from sister company YAP USA providing a range of intervention packages tailored towards working with both young offenders and those on the brink of offending.

Back in London, Oliver led the co-ordination and delivery of intervention packages across the London boroughs of Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets for 11- 18 year olds, designed to target emotional and behavioural difficulties, address offending behaviour and encourage positive development and change.

Clory Salmon

Post GCSE Pathways Lead and Coaching Assistant

Clory has over five years of experience working with with young people. Clory began working in youth at 18 through an apprenticeship program with Haringey Council. He progressed from this into working with a small production company. Part of his role was to engage young people within the community to get them involved within media and allow them an outlet to express themselves through video.

He then began working with Barnet Council as part of their detached team, in which he was tasked with engaging the most hard to reach young people within the borough.

He then progressed into working with the charity ‘Mind in Haringey’ in which he worked with young people who are in care, or leaving care who are also at risk of offending, already offending or incarcerated, to turn their life around, working on emotional wellbeing, challenging negative self image and helping them to raise self esteem in turn preparing them for adulthood.

Julian Dore

FA level 2 Coach and Mentor

Julian has been working with young people in various capacities for over
6 years, from youth work and mentoring in schools to working with
young offenders and hard to reach young people out in the community.

Joe Horner

FA Level 1 Coach

Joe has spent the last 6 years working with children and young people in a various roles and settings. He currently works at Beormund Primary school, a school for children with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties as a Learning Mentor. He has also completed a Masters in ‘Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach’ at the Tavistock and Portman Trust and plans in the future to train as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Alongside his interest in mental health, he is a FA Level 1 Coach.

Michael Von der Geest

Volunteer Coach

Michael is a Partner at EY, a global management consultancy firm. He is also a volunteer coach with Sport for Thought. He has over 25 years experience in working with global organisations on significant business transformations. He has been active in leadership development, emotional intelligence and mindfulness throughout his career and was keen to deploy his skills and put something back into society through working with young people. After careful consideration Michael chose Sport for Thought as a way of maximising his input in projects that make a significant difference to young people and their lives. He has been actively involved on a weekly basis with Sport and Thought since May 2016.

Hanad Nur

FA Level 1 Coach

Hanad is a FA level 1 licensed coach, who also holds a level 2 multi sports qualification. Hanad has been coaching across London for the past two years and works as a development coach for AFC Wembley.

James Rrushi

FA Level 1 Coach

James was originally a cohort member at Sport and Thought. Following the programme he progresses to become a peer coach before achieving his first coaching badge. James is currently preparing to enter university to study psychology.