The Team

Parcourso by Wye Ventures Community Interest Company.

Patron: Roger Orgill MBE

For over 40 years Roger has been active in the field of outdoor education, adventure and recreation training in both the statutory and voluntary sectors; taking early retirement in 1996 as head of Countryside and Water recreation with the Sports Council. Roger served on many government working parties and acted in an advisory role to the youth service and, on retirement was invited to serve on the board of the New Opportunities Fund of the National Lottery.

Between 1980-90 Roger served as chair of the National Association for Outdoor Activities and was a key player in the emergence of the Foundation for Outdoor Adventure which he chaired for six years. The Foundation, in collaboration with the Rank Foundation and Endeavour Training, established the Stoneleigh Project aimed at developing young leaders through a new and radically different experiential approach.

He was until very recently a Trustee of the NGO -World Youth Service and Enterprise and the Global News Education Trust, the charitable arm of the newspaper Positive News – now a Co-operative. He acted as chair of a Steiner Waldorf School which later became the first state funded – Steiner Academy Hereford.

Founder and CEO: Michaela da Cunha

Landscape and Physical Activity Consultant.

Michaela is a Physical Activity Consultant for families using environmentally therapeutic settings. She believes in a child-centred approach to physical activity and her innovative programmes of physical activity at Wye Ventures CIC express this belief. These evolved from many years of evidence-based research which also revealed the importance of promoting mothers and girls in sport to whole family participation. Finding out ‘how’ this could be achieved took many years to answer.

From 1989 Michaela drew up Landscape Masterplans and Playground Design Solution and Implementation Plans for schools. In 2000 she founded the only community multi-sports club for girls in England, with an understanding of the importance of quality coaching for under twelve year old children, in a carefully considered environment, to be key to a life-long love of sport and/or physical activity. She also believes local community clubs for local families, linked to larger central clubs, will create the foundations for a much healthier and happier country with many more children being able to access and enjoy physical activity at all levels. A bi-product of this approach is more children reaching elite levels in sport on reaching adulthood.

Founder of Club Fever Multisports for under twelve year old girls, Michaela sought to fill gaps in provision for the girls from twelve years onwards and thus played a significant role in promoting the establishment of junior sections of clubs for both boys and girls in Ross-on-Wye between 2000 and 2010 with the support of A4A and Small Grant Funding. These include Ross Rowing Club and Ross Cricket Club which continue to thrive today.

Director: Rebecca Quick

BSc(Hons) Psychology. 2gether NHS Foundation Trust. Here in Motion, Dance Movement Psychotherapist practitioner.

Secretary: Wendy Troy