Ian Wood

Playground Consultant

I grew up in Wales and spent my childhood on my Nan and Granddad’s farm, looking after all the animals, which was brilliant as a small boy as I got to spend loads of time in tractors and diggers. I also used to spend my summer holidays living with family in Italy for the 6 weeks in a small village just outside Naples which was a great experience.

When I was younger, I was obsessed with sport and especially football so I wanted to be a professional footballer, I remember writing to all the football league teams asking for trials when I was in high school. I made it to the top 50 boys in Wales for my age group when I was 14 be didn’t make the final squad of 25 to represent my country in a tournament on sky sports. (I think the tournament was called the Victory Shield).

My favorite subject in school was P.E – It was all I cared about, I played and represented my school in Football, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Athletics so you could see how obsessed I was with playing any sport.

What I love most about my job is giving children the best possible opportunities to enhance their physical development. This will then lead them to hopefully having a love of sport which I had. I feel that schools have to biggest role to play in developing this love of sport and physical development in children today and to be a part of providing the best opportunities makes me proud. I also love developing EYFS outdoor areas, and changing the parameters of how outdoor provision is delivered in the EYFs curriculum.

Outside of work I am still playing as much sport as I can, although mainly football and golf these day’s. I love holidays and traveling to new places to experience new cultures.

A fun fact about me is that when I was 14 I got to train with the Welsh men’s football team appearing on TV.

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