Patrick Jessel

  • Sports management
  • London, UK
  • Feb 22, 2021
Full time, Part time, voluntary management Development Events Coordination

Personal Summary

I have over 11 years of leadership experience in the sports industry, planning and implementing a wide range of successful events and projects.  I am a sociable team player and have developed strong partnerships with GB athletes, corporate businesses, volunteers, and national governing bodies to deliver initiatives in support of the Olympic legacy.  My roles in delivering these events have varied: from initiating event ideas, to managing the necessary administration such as putting together athletes’ schedules, managing databases and the financial budgets. I am also a successful fundraiser, having raised around £30,000 for athletes and schools over a 2 year period.    

 Since starting at GB Active 5 years ago, I have been organising multiple bootcamps.  These regular training sessions have offered opportunities for GB athletes to bring their skills and inspiration to the community.  Alongside the bootcamps, I have delivered more bespoke events, such as arranging kayaking experiences for the public with a world class kayaker, or bringing some inspiring sporting stories and athlete-delivered activities to over 100 people at a city bank’s wellbeing day.  Before GB Active, I arranged workshops across the country bringing over 20 GB athletes to around 300 schools.  I managed the logistical details of these events, mapping out travel and accommodation, and capturing data to efficiently analyse the feedback in order to adapt our services.  I also liaised with government public health programmes, as Change For life, to ensure our messaging was aligned. 

 I currently volunteer with the England Touch Rugby Association, remotely coordinating sports development officers in the South East region of the UK. This has involved communicating closely with the six voluntary development officers on a regular basis to plan, assess and adapt strategic outlines on developing touch rugby in schools. During my time so far, I have extended the programme from secondary schools to primary schools by developing operational and training programmes for rugby workshops, competitions and events.

 Over my career I have accumulated considerable insight into the workings of the sports industry and have developed detailed experience in the administrative functions of running successful events. I am really keen to apply these skills to a new role, supporting and being part of a sociable team on delivering projects, programmes or events.

 I attach my resume for your consideration. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the role further and how my skills can help.

Work Experience

Jun 2015 - Feb 2021 GB Active

GB Active is a social enterprise for-profit organisation focused on getting people fit and active in the community. Through building my network, I have been able to partner with 13 GB Athletes to help provide unique and highly effective exercise programmes while supporting the athletes’ personal goals. As Co-Founder and Operations Manager, my role covered all aspects of back office within the business including planning and supporting team members on logistics and strategies.  

  • Managed and expanded the workforce from using 2 GB athletes to 13 and increasing their sponsorship by 20%
  • Planned, produced and extended our services from fitness sessions to experience days, corporate well-being and licensing programmes
  • Worked closely, orchestrated and briefed a successful team of GB athletes on planning and delivering workshops up to 100 people per workshop
  • Developed and formed successful relationships with governing bodies, charities and corporate businesses on developing, promoting and delivering exercise programmes for communities
  • Multi tasked up to 4 projects coordinating logistics, operations and assembling data for the company’s programmes and events such as Team GB Day and Sport Relief
  • Developed, produced and presented podcasts with special guests such as Adam Leventhal and Lydia Greenway.
Senior schools co-ordinator
Jan 2020 - England Touch Rugby (Voluntary)

England Touch Rugby Association is a voluntary enterprise focused on getting people participating and competing in Touch Rugby.

  • Coordinated and worked closely with 6 development officers around the South East of England on logistical and operational issues on delivering highly effective Touch Rugby programmes in schools.
  • Worked closely with individual team leaders on planning and extending the service from secondary to primary schools around England, enabling the athletes’ pathway from grass roots to high performance athletes.
  • Delivered and scheduled training sessions for 12 sports development officers around the country which included writing a new operations and training manual.
  • Managed and signed up over 10 schools on the database and shared updates and feedback on their performance.
Senior event coordinator
Jan 2013 - Jun 2015 Sports For All UK

Sports 4 All UK is an organisation delivering sponsorship events to schools in accordance with Olympic legacy. I worked with GB athletes on delivering event programmes to schools to help promote an active lifestyle.

  • Worked closely with over 20 GB athletes across the UK, planning and executing sponsorship programmes which resulted in raising over £2000 per event.
  • Supported GB athletes with logistical and operational requirements such as travel arrangements and accommodation.
  • Promoted over 300 events by delivering presentations leading up to and during the event.
  • Managed school inquires and made sure the bookings were submitted with all the relevant information.
  • Headed up and engineered the school club programmes which resulted in signing up over 5 schools in the first month.
  • Creating partnerships with two National Governing Bodies as well as sports clubs on promoting sporting events such as the British Canoeing’s ‘Go paddling’.
Operations Manager
Jan 2012 - Jan 2013 Youngstars UK

Youngsters is a company delivering sport sessions to nursery and primary school children. My role was managing their operations on delivering clubs, kids camps and P.E.

  • Oversaw and coordinated 20 school clubs, kids camps and P.E sessions.
  • Onboarded up to 6 new staff and managed their logistics as their working locations changed.
  • Supported the directors of the company with training and safeguarding workshops by writing and delivering manuals and procedures across the company.
  • Working closely with 20 schools and teachers on setting up the sports curriculum.


BA Honours in Sport Studies and Business
Sep 2004 - Jun 2006 Southampton Solent
HND Leisure Management
Sep 2002 - Jun 2004 Southampton Institute