Meet the Team

Pearl Sethna

Partnership Development Manager

Pearl brings a wealth of experience from both the public and education sectors. A former England karate squad member, she has always been a firm believer that there is a sport to suit each individual and that physical activity should be for all with everyone having the right to access this. She graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and has worked around the UK in Liverpool, Perth, Edinburgh and now Croydon.

Pearl specialises in inclusive opportunities; she has been responsible for setting up an extensive sports programme for SEND children in Croydon which has been running for 22 years. An experienced event’s manager, she has also been the Borough Team Organiser for Croydon’s London Youth Games Teams and has led Croydon to win the ParaGames Trophy for 8 years and overall winners in 2012.

Pearl’s role is to manage the Partnership team (job sharing with Heidi) and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and continuation of the team.

As a mum of two active teenagers, Pearl is more than qualified at juggling the demands of work and home life and enjoys spending time in the local countryside with her two dogs.

 

Heidi Lukes

Partnership Development Manager

Heidi has over 14 years experience within physical education development having worked in various roles within sports partnerships before becoming partnership development manager of the former Woodcote School Sports Partnership. When central government funding ceased in 2011, Heidi was responsible for the restructuring and implementation of Croydon SSP in its current form to ensure its continuation to be able to provide sporting opportunities to all abilities and levels.

Heidi is passionate about our service and believes that schools should be given the confidence and skills to provide a rounded offer to all pupils. 

Heidi’s role is to manage the Partnership team (job sharing with Pearl) and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and continuation of the team.

Heidi is a mum of two young children and is understanding of the difficulties of keeping children active and away from constant screen time. 

 

Agata Maj

Senior Sport & PE Development Officer / Leadership, Coaching & Volunteering Lead

Agata has over 15 years of experience in teaching and school sport development across London and South East. Qualified as both primary and secondary PE teacher with MScs in Physical Education & Health as well as MScs in Professional Communication Agata is passionate about using the power of sport and education to positively shape young people’s lives and supporting schools to ensure their students reach their very best.

Agata loves working towards achieving great results at both grassroot and elite levels and keeping herself busy – she is a former double world champion in dance (2004 and 2005) and is also proud to work for our partner Create Development as a real PE and real gym tutor as well as International Relations Coordinator and Competition Director for the International Dance Federation IDF, where she continues to develop the structure of global dance sport competitions.

 

Monica Rosembaum

Sport & PE Development Officer

Monica graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BA Hons in Physical Education and Sport. Monica brings 8 years of experience within the private and public sector and has proudly joined CroydonSSP in September 2019 as a Sport and PE Development Officer and School Games Organiser.

She is responsible for maintaining the development of the competition and events programme ensuring that pupils from EYFS through to Key Stage 4 have access to opportunities to develop themselves. Monica also offers specialist support to Croydon North school members whilst coordinating competitions and festivals throughout the Borough.

Being a naturally creative person, she enjoys bringing this side of her to provide new opportunities for the schools and putting her imaginative skills on social media channels and newsletter. She is looking forward to help all her schools in the provision of high-quality school sports competitions and sporting activities so that all young people can take part and build and healthy lifestyle!

 

Douglas Swann

Sport & PE Development Officer

Douglas is our newest recruit and is the Sport &PE Development Officer for the South Croydon area.

A former certified PE Teacher (MSc), qualified fitness trainer and athletics coach, Douglas is passionate about working towards improving the sporting opportunities for children in Croydon and elevating the standard of physical education in the borough. Over the past 16 years he has also worked in learning institutions from EYFS to university level working with children, young adults and adults of varying abilities. This wealth of experience allows him to understand how individuals learn best and facilitate an environment to accomplish this. He is dedicated to ensuring that all individuals he works with develop the skills and acquire the knowledge needed to become physically educated.

Douglas is a natural motivator and is passionate about assisting primary school educators to becoming more comfortable presenting sport and physical activities to their children. He is genuinely excited about bringing his skill set to the partnership and providing high-quality school sports competition and physical education and health related activities for children.

 

Miranda Heaton

Administration Officer

Miranda manages the Admin side of things in the CSSP office. Sending out invites and other emails to our network of PE contacts, allocating & confirming competition places and overall supporting our team and responding to your general enquiries.

Unlike the rest of the team, Miranda didn’t enjoy sport when she was younger, due to her poor co-ordination and 2-D vision! However, Miranda loves to see how PE in schools has changed so much – especially how sport and physical activity can be such a positive tool and accessible to all.

Miranda’s favourite activity is to be outside, walking…at a fair speed!!!