Wayne Upton

As a former Inclusion Manager in a secondary school, Wayne is well versed in the challenges that young people face both in and out of education. Wayne has mentored many young people towards success and has delivered Youth Mental Health First Aid courses in a variety of settings.

Wayne now runs Motivating Moves, a specialist physical activity mentoring programme that is designed to meet young people where they are in order to help them better engage with the world around them. If a child has special education needs and disabilities, they require additional support away from school, Motivating Moves provides that. Whether intervention is needed long or short term. The Motivating Moves’ physical activity programmes work on a coaching and mentoring basis whereby sport or exercise is used as a vehicle to address life’s hurdles. This can be particularly effective if a young person is experiencing poor mental health such as anxiety and depression.

Wayne has over 20 years’ experience in health and wellbeing and is a Trainer Assessor for the Royal Life Saving Society, he was recently awarded a Service Medal at Worcester Cathedral.  Wayne is passionate about providing training for young people who want to enter the leisure industry via the Lifeguard Qualification.

Keeping people safe has been a large part of Wayne’s career and he has worked as Safety Manager across two large visitor attractions. Wayne also assesses Health and Safety NVQ’s and holds qualifications from NEBOSH, the British Safety Council, ISRM and IOSH. Wayne has a wealth of safety management expertise and has written safe systems of work for offices, restaurants, swimming pools, schools and roller coasters!