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BAFA appoints new Safeguarding Lead and Welfare Officers

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The British American Football Association is delighted to announce that Claire Elton has joined the organisation as Designated Safeguarding Lead


Claire is a vastly experienced solicitor with specific expertise in the fields of safeguarding, adult social care, education and special education needs. Claire is also the Legal Advisor to her local safeguarding board and advises her local authority, carrying out statutory and discretionary safeguarding investigations and reviews.

Claire has been involved with British American Football for six years ever since her son first started to play the sport. She is currently the Welfare Officer for Solent Seahawks Academy and the Welfare Officer for Team GB Under 19s.

In addition, Christian Oldcorn and Steve Peach have been appointed to the Safeguarding team as Welfare Officers following a thorough selection process.

Pete Ackerley, Chief Executive of BAFA, said:

“I'm thrilled that we have been able to secure Claire's support. BAFA is committed to the highest welfare standards for everyone involved in our sport and Claire's background and experience will help us ensure we have robust policies and practices in place.

“It’s also great to announce that Christian and Steve will be joining the team, and I look forward to them both playing an important role as we continue to grow our game.”

Claire Elton said:

“I am passionate about the sport and have a strong commitment to ensuring players thrive and enjoy the sport both on and off the field in a safe and supportive environment. I was very proud to support Team GB Under 19s last year taking them to Holland and France and welcoming the Holland team to a home match.

“I am looking forward to working with the CEO and the Board to review safeguarding processes and policies to ensure they are fit for the future whilst the sport moves forward locally, nationally and internationally.”

Christian Oldcorn and Steve Peach
After graduating with a degree in Theology and Secondary Education from Leeds Trinity University, Christian entered teaching in 2000, and has worked at schools in Leeds, Huddersfield and Bradford.  As well as teaching RE, Christian has gradually taken on more pastoral responsibility and is currently Associate Assistant Headteacher (Head of House) responsible for the day to day wellbeing of 300 students.  He is a qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Following 15 years in Industry, Steve moved into the world of secondary education and has held a variety of Pastoral positions. Steve passionately believes in the power of sport to enhance the lives of young people, teaching skills that will remain with them for life.



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