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Sport & Leisure Services Staff Profiles

Sport & Leisure Services Staff Profiles

Stevland Angus

Stevland started working at BSix in 2010 where he is now working as the Head of Sport & Leisure Services.Stevland has a great wealth of knowledge and experience within the sporting industry and with his passion for student excellence, he is keen to pass on that knowledge to enhance your student experience. He has a warm welcoming open-door policy for all students.  Prior to joining BSix, Stevland began his career with Premier League side West Ham United, featuring in their 1999 FA Youth Cup win, scoring in the final. He was later promoted to the West Ham first team, as West Ham went on to win the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

In need of regular first team experience, Stevland joined Football League One side AFC Bournemouth on loan in August 2000.

He returned to West Ham after two months having made nine appearances for Bournemouth where he remained until 2001. In July 2001, Stevland joined Football League One side Cambridge United on a free transfer, signing a two-year contract.

He spent four years as a first team regular with Cambridge, playing over a 135 league games, scoring once and playing in the LDV Vans Trophy final at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff in 2002 in front of 20,287 fans.

He had further loans spells with Football League One side Hull City and Football League Two side Scunthorpe United, helping them both to promotion and picking up a League Two runners up medal in the process. He later joined National League side Grays Athletic in September 2005, where he made 13 league and cup appearances.

He joined Football League Two side Barnet on loan in January 2006, remaining there until the end of the season but not making any appearances due to injury.He subsequently signed a one-year contract with Football League Two side Torquay United for the 2006–07 season. He was a regular in the side, making 38 league and cup appearances, scoring once. However, after early retirement due to persistent injuries, he joined the BSix sports department.

Stevland is also a qualified BTEC Sports Teacher, Sports Therapist, UEFA B Football Coach, Personal Trainer & Level 2 Fitness Tutor.

Baris Semen

Baris has been working on and off with BSix for the last 6 years through the access to sports project as a sports coach. This year he has officially joined bsix full time as a sports coordinator.

Baris started coaching when he was 16 so has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and qualifications in the sporting industry. Having passed his F.A. level 2 in coaching football before the age of 18 he has had a lot of experience in the field. Prior to this Baris played competitive football from the age of 9-18 playing for the likes of Harringay borough, Romford FC and Borehamwood. Winning many league and cup titles, individual honours and has been on trials with the likes Histon FC, Dagenham & Redbridge FC and Grays Athletic.

Having been coaching from the age of 16 he has gained many qualifications in coaching a lot of different sports; basketball, tennis, handball, and roller skating to name a few. Coaching all ages from as young as 2 years old up to over 16’s and adults. Coaching all abilities from beginners who have never played sports to semi-professional and academy players. In addition to working as a P.E. teacher in primary and secondary schools.

As a qualified personal trainer, he has the ability to combine the physical aspect needed to play sports as well as the technical knowledge of the individual sport. Health and fitness are a big passion for Baris, so he is just as keen to see others flourish in this field just as much as himself. Whether it be working in a gym, school, leisure centre or sports club Baris always looks to get the best out of his students & players.

Sasha Crooknorth

Sasha is new to the Sport and Leisure Services team this academic year. Joining on behalf of West Ham Foundation, she is here to assist with sporting provisions whilst aiming to boost female participation in sport.

Originally from Gloucestershire she studied Sport at Hartpury college, playing in their u16 Female academy team at the time. Once finishing college, she moved to the University of Birmingham where she studied her undergraduate course in Sport, PE and Coaching science.

Whilst playing in her first year of university she sustained a serious knee injury which put her out of action for two years, this is where she picked up coaching. For her second and third year of university she coached the Women’s 2nd and 3rd team at the university. Alongside this she worked part time in a secondary school as a PE teacher. Now a Level 1 qualified coach Sasha is soon to be starting her level 2 in football coaching. As part of the West Ham Foundation, she coaches in the development centres during the week and helps out with the u16 Female academy.

Away from football Sasha is also a keen hockey player. Playing since the age of 5, she has represented the southwest region of England and prior to university was training with Wales U18. Although no longer playing at a competitive level, she still plays for a local club on the weekends.