Alex Varran

As a Sports Project and Programmes Officer, I am involved with several different areas of work at the Partnership.

I am the Women and Girls Lead and oversee the countywide ‘This Girl Can in Herts’ campaign, and through this have partnered up with several of the Hertfordshire Women’s Refuge Services to develop sport and physical activity projects for service users across the county.

My work within the Sport for Social Change team continues with the Afghan Arrivals and Resettlement Programme in Hertfordshire where I am the Sports Activities Lead. Through this project, the Partnership has linked up with Herts County Council and local volunteer services to provide positive and meaningful sport and physical activity provision for those who have recently arrived in the county from Afghanistan.

Furthermore, I work in the Herts Sports Partnership Education Team, and lead on the Active Lives Children and Young People survey from Sport England. This measures children’s activity levels, physical literacy, swimming proficiency, wellbeing, self-efficacy and levels of social trust. Additionally, I have coordinated Phase 2 of the Opening School Facilities project across Hertfordshire and am working to support local schools to increase the usage of their school facilities during extra-curricular time to benefit their wider school community.

Due to being a regular parkrunner and core volunteer team member at Jersey Farm parkrun, I work closely with parkrun HQ, our regional parkrun ambassador and the Public Health Team at Herts County Council. This collaboration works to support all the Hertfordshire parkrun events, and I am currently working to establish several more junior parkrun events in the county.

Finally, I am the Active Local Link Officer for Cowley Hill and consolidate with Hertsmere Borough Council to support community sport and physical activity in the Cowley Hill ward of Borehamwood, Hertsmere.