About us

Ignite Sports Coaching is a creative, stimulating, physical education and coaching provider based in York.

Ignite was established in 2018 by James Shimmin, a Primary PE specialist, who has over 16 years of experience as a Freelance Primary PE Specialist and Sports Coach. James found his love for coaching at the age of 16 whilst working as junior football coach for York City Football Club. After graduating from York St John University with an honours degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching in 2013, his love for coaching took him to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Ghana.


James Shimmin – Director & Head Coach

Favourite Sports – Football, Golf, Cricket, Rugby League

Favourite Team – Leeds United

Favourite Sports to Teach – Cricket, Netball and Dodgeball

Favourite Bands – Oasis, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Arctic Monkeys

Coaching Ethos – To inspire and motivate children to have an active, healthy lifestyle and to gain a passion for life-long participation in activity.

Qualifications and Experience

16 years teaching PE and School Sport in Primary schools

Delivered PE and Sport in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and Ghana

BA Hons in Physical Education & Sports Coaching  – York St John

Paediatric First Aid  –  Child Protection and Safeguarding

FA Football Level 1 & 2 , Youth Modules 1 & 2  –  ECB Cricket Level 2  –  Basketball Level 1  –Rugby League Level 1  –  Athletics Level 1  –  Dodgeball Level 1 – KS1 Multi Skills Level 1

Alex Johns – Assistant Head Coach & PE Teacher

Favourite Sports – Football/ Futsal

Favourite Team – Norwich City

Favourite Holiday Destination – Croatia

Favourite Sports to Teach – Dodgeball, Basketball, Football

Favourite Music – Indie

Coaching Ethos

To create an environment where children can learn and develop key skills whilst expressing and enjoying themselves.

Matt Greenwood – PE Teacher / Sports Coach

Favourite Sports – Football, Golf, Cricket

Favourite Team – Leeds United

Favourite Holiday Destination – Croatia

Favourite Sports to Teach – Cricket, Athletics, Dodgeball

Favourite Music – 60’s, Indie, Rock & Dance

Coaching Ethos

To provide children with a wide variety of sports to enjoy and encourage their best efforts when doing so.

Caitlin Dye

PE Teacher / Sports Coach & Social Media Co-ordinator 

Favourite Sports – Dance, Cricket, Netball and Rounders

Favourite TeamLiverpool FC

Favourite Holiday Destination – Anywhere with plenty of sun and sea!

Favourite Sports to Teach – Dance and Dodgeball

Favourite Music – One Direction and The Killers

Coaching Ethos

To create a fun, supportive and safe environment that encourages being active but also enjoying sport as a way of socialising and making new friends!

Joe Iggulden – PE Teacher / Sports Coach 

Favourite Sports – Futsal, Football, Rugby League and Cricket

Favourite Team – Coventry City

Favourite holiday destination – Barcelona

Favourite Sports to Teach – Dodgeball, Multi Sport Games & Athletics

Favourite Music – Oasis, Kasabian, Kaiser Chiefs & Yard Act

Coaching Ethos

To create an environment where learners are active problem solvers producing varied functional movement solutions.

Hannah Kelly – PE Teacher / Sports Coach 

Favourite Sports – Netball, Golf, Hockey

Favourite Team – Manchester United

Favourite holiday destination – Corfu

Favourite Sports to Teach – Dodgeball, Rounders, Netball

Favourite Music – The Vamps, Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift & Harry Styles

Coaching Ethos

To create a safe and enjoyable sporting environment where everyone feels they can participate, in order to learn new skills and have fun!

A Recent


” Ollie has been to Ignite for the first time today and came home a very happy boy bursting with stories about his fun day. Ollie can get quite anxious with new situations and I have always struggled to get him to go to holiday clubs in the past. He was nervous about going this morning but James with brilliant with him. He took the time to show him around and introduced him to another boy his age who had been the previous day which really put Ollie at ease and he settled quickly. He is asking when he can go again he enjoyed it that much! Thank you Ignite. ”

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Primary School Kids tAUGHT WEEKly

of calories burned every lesson by every child

Extra Curricular Clubs Weekly

Years Combined Sports Coaching Experience

Get In Touch

Location: York

Telephone: 07834415943