More Than Just a Job: Regional Manager - Primary Department #MoreThanJustAJob

Posted by SCL Education Group on 11.01.19


This week, we spoke to Darryl Jelly; Regional Manager – Primary Department, as we took an inside look into his career, and found out why a role with SCL is #morethanjustajob.

Name: Darryl Jelly

Job title:  Regional Manager – Primary Department

Talk us through your role and what you do…

There are quite a lot of small tasks that are involved day to day in my role but I would sum it up in two sections. I manage the relationship between SCL and around 30 schools in Surrey and Hampshire and I also manage around 15-20 staff (who are working in those schools) on a daily basis.

What are your main responsibilities? 

Making sure that our staff are delivering the best possible lessons to the children in our care. Ensuring that the schools we work with are happy with the service we are providing.

What do you love about your job? 

I love the impact our company has on young people, giving them the confidence to try different sports and activities. I love providing an outstanding experience to our clients

How do you live and breathe sport?

I live and breathe sport by playing and coaching football. I play in an amateur league with friends and I am the Assistant Manager for a Step 6 (Combined Counties League) team. I also actively follow Tottenham Hotspur and England. I recently went to Spurs’ 6-2 win over Everton at Goodison Park and I have secured tickets for the Nations League Finals in Portugal in June.

What does the power of sport mean to you? 

To me the power of sport means that everyone can be involved and find a passion and talent within sport. Sport is non-discriminative, non-prejudice and allows people to meet like-minded, passionate people

At SCL, we put the learner at the centre of everything we do. How do you do this?

Everything I do in my job involves the learner. I organise my staff to make sure they are giving the learner the best possible experience and I liaise with schools to make sure that we are providing their children every opportunity to succeed in sport.

How is a job with SCL more than just a job?

A job with SCL gives you an emotional attachment to the development of your staff and the schools they work in. It allows you to make friends that you socialise with outside of office hours.

Talk us through your career path to-date…

I started on the SCL apprenticeship course over 10 years ago studying football coaching. I then had the opportunity to work part-time in school clubs and was offered a full-time role teaching P.E lessons and leading clubs of my own. I then used the qualifications I received with SCL to go and work in the U.S.A for three years as a football coach. I was given the opportunity to return to SCL in 2016 and move into management.

What are the standout moments from your career to-date? 

Winning the Inspirational Employee of the Quarter Award in the inaugural Excellence Awards. Cycling the London to Brighton in September 2018. Raising over £3500 for Simon Says, a Hampshire based child bereavement charity.

What skills do you think are required to be successful in your role?

You have to live and breathe the company values (Passionate, Inspirational, Excellence, Reliable) for a start. You then have to be organised, hard-working, a quick decision maker, a leader and focussed all the time.

What opportunities are there in the industry for young people in 2019?

There are so many opportunities for young people. You just have to take my journey as an example. There are apprenticeships, opportunities to learn how to coach football and plenty of part-time and full time jobs in childcare or sports coaching. SCL employ off their values (Passionate, Inspirational, Excellence, Reliable) and you have to show us you are all of those in order to succeed

If you had one bit of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

Don’t ever doubt your ability, trust that what you are doing and what you are teaching is the right way and never underestimate the affect your words and actions have on other people

What would your motto or slogan be?

It would have to be a stolen motto from American Sports Radio Host Colin Cowherd – “grind daily, celebrate rarely”.


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