Words From Trustees

Message from the Health Through Sport Chairman of Trustees

In 2004, as Headteacher of Southmead C.P. School, and incidentally a committed Evertonian, I attended a meeting at which Ronny Goodlass was speaking and offering his services as a coach.  Like everyone else who has met Ronny, I was struck by his energy, drive and enthusiasm and I was determined to take him up on his offer.  Thus began a tremendously rewarding association.

His Wednesday afternoon visits became the highlight of the week for our junior pupils, girls as well as boys.  They responded brilliantly to his coaching drills, threw themselves into games and reacted enthusiastically to his promptings for good behaviour, healthy eating and fitness.  Ronny arranged matches for our pupils and he rewarded effort, fair play and sportsmanship with certificates, badges and trophies.

It became obvious that Health Through Sport was having an extremely positive influence on both behaviour and lifestyle.  When Ronny told me that he was going to start a charity that aimed to improve health through the promotion of sporting activities, I was only too happy to serve as Chairman.

Since its inception Health Through Sport has helped both children and adults.  Ronny has had a great impact on a wide variety of people including for example, recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, disaffected and disadvantaged youths and ex offenders.  He has helped many to achieve recognised qualifications through the National Open College Network and he has been an inspiration to all who have come to him for help.

His new venture, which is targeted at the homeless, is deserving of our full support.

If anybody is going to make a success of such an enterprise then it could only be Ronny Goodlass.

Mike Dalton

Chairman of Trustees



Message from the Trustees (Eddie Bowman)

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing the work of Health Through Sport for a number of years Ronnie Goodlass the coac/ organiser for the project is an ex professional footballer with Everton FC and a long time co commentator match day analyser on Radio Merseyside has devised a number of project aimed at improving people’s health & well being the main focus is football coaching with some of the hardest to reach communities including Ex offenders, homeless, drugs & alcohol misuses and young people. Ronny’s latest idea is a  10 week program will improve participants literacy, IT skills give them interview techniques and experience of using multi media and social media a massively expanding area for jobs.

The young people will get a chance to explore issues of concern for them job, school, health. Producing a podcast and blog on these and other issues they identify. They will get to see how the media works on a premier league football game and work together on producing a video podcast and or blog on the game and the behind scenes work that goes into bringing a show to air interviewing those involved and being interviewed themselves giving them a new insight to themselves while developing strong roots (Foundations for) to work alongside a level 1 media skills qualification units include:

  • Developing own interpersonal skills
  • Engage in discussion
  • Self-Esteem Confidence
  • New Media Techniques

Giving the young people not just a qualification but a transferable skill set vital in today’s workplace improving and developing the 3 As employers all look for Aptitude Attitude & Application.

A little bit of background about myself I’ve thirty years working in a number of fields:

European Play Association- helped organize multi-lateral youth exchanges between, Spain, Italy, Germany, UK, Portugal, Russia Ukraine, and Romania Austria. This involved identifying young people organizing fundraising events applying for funding, identifying themes & developing workshops around them, e.g. drugs, alcohol;

Chair of European Anti Poverty Network (EAPN) – I worked with the EAPN as a worker with CAP, I was asked and elected as chair in 97, my duties included speaking at seminars facilitating workshops on poverty social exclusion, the role of the EAPN in the EU, working with the UK government on its social exclusion action plan, this plan was the fore-runner to the governments Opportunities for All strategy. We also fed into the Social Exclusion Units various PAT teams.

  • Youth & Community for Speake Garston Partnership working across the area on issues of funding and policy
  • West Everton Community Council: Centre Manager
  • European Policy Office Merseyside, provided advice and guidance to the local authorities across Merseyside on Objective One and other EU matters.
  •  Liverpool Housing Trust Community Regeneration team
  • Liverpool City Council Anti Poverty Unit  Providing Welfare Rights and supporting anti poverty projects across Liverpool

Eddie Bowman