Chris works at Dee & Griffin Solicitors who actively support the Chamwell Centre project.
Chris’ responsibilities for the charity involve looking at ways to create shared sporting facilities with the neighbouring rugby club, Longlevens Rugby Football Club, and other local community groups.
The partnership has led to an exciting growth of Mixed Ability Rugby (MAR) at the school and rugby club. MAR encourages social inclusion by removing barriers to participation for people who feel unable to join mainstream clubs due to physical or mental health issues, size, shape, age, disability, inactivity or the perception of ‘not being good enough’. It is all inclusive.
These exciting developments have led to recognition from awards bodies including the Believe in Gloucester Awards, Crabbie’s National Rugby Awards, and the Gloucestershire Local Business Charity Awards.
Chris is also researching a PhD at the University of Portsmouth’s Department of Sport and Exercise Science, to develop a framework that will make corporate social responsibility projects at small and medium sized enterprise (SME) level more accessible by using sport as a vehicle to achieve their goals. The Chamwell Centre will play a central role in the research and offers and exciting opportunity to understand how local charities, sports organisations and business can work together more effectively on a common cause.