Sam Bullas talks about SWITC

Sam Bullas has been a Swindon Wildcat since joining from Nottingham at the start of the 2009/10 season. Having iced in over 380 Wildcats games, Sam is now one of the most experienced players on the roster. However Sam’s commitment to the club goes beyond just playing for the team.


Sam works full time for our charity organisation ‘Swindon Wildcats In The Community’ as our Community Development Officer. Along with Robbie Pamphilon, Sam is at the forefront of raising awareness for ice hockey in Wiltshire.


When & how did you first become involved with SWITC?


Initially I volunteered with the organisation when I first started playing with the Wildcats in 2009. Then I went to the University Of West England to study Sports Conditioning, Sports Studies and Sport Coaching. When I finished university in 2015, Steve Nell offered me a job as Community Coach for the organisation.


How have you seen the organisation grow in your time with SWITC?


The organisation has grown massively in my time working for SWITC. The hard work Steve, Aaron and everyone else associated with SWITC have been in has paved a significant foundation for me to then build upon. To have the number of kids coming through that we do is incredible. Last year the organisation directly reached over 20,000 people.

 

What do you think you’ve brought to SWITC in your time as Community Development Officer?


I feel that I have broadened our connections with schools throughout Swindon and Wiltshire. Allowing the entire organisation to grow exponentially. Most notably, our Kids Learn To Play programme, which now regularly sees over 100 junior players learning ice hockey weekly at the Better Link Centre.


What are your main aims for SWITC over the coming year?


I would like to keep expanding the organisation throughout Wiltshire over the coming year. Our primary outcome of the next academic year will be to derive fantastic partnerships with local disability schools to aim to provide provisions of sport and exercise to those who are often deprived of such opportunities. We aim to develop sport and activity throughout Wiltshire, and make it inclusive to you.


How can people get involved with SWITC?


Anyone can come along to our Kids Learn To Play sessions on a Friday or Adult Learn To Play sessions on a Tuesday. The sessions are aimed at people who are at the grass roots of ice hockey.


Throughout the year we participate in a number of school & community fayres and fetes to raise awareness of the charity and the sport of ice hockey.


During the day we run our Introduction To Ice Skating and Street Hockey courses for primary & secondary schools.


And we also run our Kidzone scheme which allows school pupils to come and watch the Swindon Wildcats free of charge!


For more information on Swindon Wildcats In The Community, visit the ‘Community’ tab at www.swindonwildcats.com or email samuel.bullas@swindonwildcats.com.

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