Vernon Neve-Dunn, Founder
I began the Southwark Tigers in 2000. It is a charity that uses sport, particularly rugby, to motivate and engage young people to achieve more. It is a fantastic way to take inner city children to different environments and use competition as a way of developing social and personal skills.
We set up Burgess Sports in 2012 to bring together all the fantastic work of the sports clubs in the area. Nowhere else in the country has a group of different sports clubs come together to find common ground.
Alejandra Teixido, (Ally) CEO
Joined the Charity in 2013, when she moved to the UK with her British husband. She is a professional with extensive experience in nonprofit organizations.
Eighteen years ago, she started and ran a charity in Chile, Fundación Nexos, which works with disadvantaged indigenous communities, particularly in the south of the country.
Burgess Sports has had a steady growth in recent years. Situated in one of the most deprived boroughs of the Capital where participants and volunteers are on average at 11% of the most deprived in the country, Burgess Sports has emerged as a community asset.
Franco Amato, Healthy Food Manager
Franco grew up on a farm in Sicily with a strong food culture.
He has been passionate about good food and cooking since my childhood and I have a natural gift when it comes to food innovation, taste and presentation.
This great combination with his Italian flair and professionalism make my customers to adore my meals.
During his professional career, He has always enjoyed and thrived on all the challenges I have faced, retaining my individual style.
He has been a successful chef for over 28 years, always keeping high standards and delivering a consistent quality product.
He joined Burgess Sports three years ago, since then his contribution has made a great impact on our programmes.
Afruja Khanom Project Manager
From a young age, I've been passionate about sports. I have been working with young people since the age of 16. I started running sports clubs and coaching at primary schools in my local borough. Since working with Burgess Sports, I have been involved in several sports programmes and projects. I believe that young people are the next generation and that it is our job to prepare them for the future. Being a young person, allows me to understand the needs of the group. Working with the local community gives Burgess Sports the opportunity to support families in a variety of ways.