As befits a sports club, we have a trio of highly capable and ever-smiling sportswomen who look after us at Break Point. Centre Manager Yaz has already been profiled (click here to read again), and we’re lucky also to have Lucy Reidford and Joanne Hope as core members of the team.
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Lucy is a native of Harrogate and has always lived here, other than a four year stay in Preston until earlier this year.
She started playing football from the age of five; in her favourite position as a sweeper, she represented her primary, junior and high schools – as well as Yorkshire – in many cups and tournaments. A particular highlight was playing in the Yorkshire Schools Cup Final at the Elland Road stadium.
After school she joined the Leeds United FC academy for a while, and also played for Harrogate Railway and Killinghall Nomads.
She’ll put her hand to any sport – with badminton and rounders being favourites as well as football, and she’s already demonstrated at the Halloween tournament that she’ll make a fine padel player!
After a long break from the game she started coaching the Morecambe FC U12s team, and saw the girls through two seasons while at the same time completing FA Level 1 in coaching and being a full-time mum. Once her son Seb is at nursery she hopes to be able to use her skills to start coaching local youth teams again.
Before moving to Preston she had stints working with autistic adults with severely challenging behaviour, as well as working in rehab facilities.
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Joanne’s professional background is as an administrator, allied to flair as an entertainer, as suits her bubbly and happy persona. Making people smile and feel positive is a daily ambition, which she thrives on.
Her sporting interests are equine and karate.
She started learning karate at the age of 20 and progressed rapidly in the demanding discipline. She has a 2 Dan Black belt, and has won many world, national and regional championships at her level, including at the GKR (‘Go-Kan-Ryu’) World Cup held in Birmingham.
She has also travelled to parades, competitions and expeditions all over the UK with her horse ‘El Campanero’ (the ‘bellringer’), including participating in the ‘All The Queen’s Horses’ parade through London on New Years Day, in the Spanish category.
She has always been competitive, which is why she loves the atmosphere at HSTC!