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COACH is both a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with 9 Trustees.

Dave Bullock (Centre Manager)

Dave used to work for Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP) managing Physical Education and competition in the 65 schools in the Taunton and West Somerset Area. Dave was instrumental in helping raise the £1.2 Million to Build COACH. Dave helped establish Taunton Adventurous Sports and Canoe Club (TASCC).  Dave was involved in the steering group that established Longrun Meadow and used to chair The Friends of Longrun Meadow.  Dave was the Co Event Director of Longrun Meadow parkrun.  Dave now works as Centre Manager one day a week.

David Bird  (Treasurer)

David, a retired GP, in between seeing patients, spent 30yrs gazing over Longrun Meadow from his consulting room in French Weir Health Centre. Now he enjoys slowly jogging in the parkruns round the Meadow, although, as a Cumbrian, his favourite sport is hill walking. From the medical viewpoint he very much appreciates the physical and mental benefits to health offered by COACH to participants in the various activities.

Karen Hood

Karen and her husband Pete run the “Weir” Cafe at COACH.  They also used to run the “Shed” in Goodlands Gardens.

Estelle Smillie (Chair)

Estelle is a local resident and former Teacher who enjoys the Outdoors, being involved in canoeing and kayaking.

Ben Appleby

Ben runs Applebees Fitness out of COACH offering various health and fitness services and community projects. He and his team are passionate about getting everyone active and feeling great about themselves. Ben has been in the health and fitness industry since 2012 specialising in corrective exercise, and has been a firefighter at Taunton fire station since 2014. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife and young family and participate in any outdoor pursuits that will get his heart rate going.

Mike Cook (Secretary)

Mike lives in Taunton and was a former teacher at Taunton School,  Mike is a keen sportsman and used to play Basketball and Cricket.  Mike also umpires cricket in the Summer

Ian Payne

Ian used to work at Taunton School but now teaches Maths at Shrewsbury College. Ian was also instrumental in helping raise the £1.2 Million to Build COACH. Ian established Taunton Rowing Club (TTC) and now coaches Rowing at Shrewsbury College

Janine Appleton

Janine is a local resident who now chairs the Friends of French Weir Park. Janine also founded the Taunton Line Dancers that use COACH on a regular basis

Melanie Scanlan

Melanie is a keen swimmer and a very active member of the Wild swimming group – The Bathing Station, that swim from the steps at COACH