The first Sport Pembrokeshire profile spotlight of 2022 focuses on a new member of the team, Sophie Rees, who is an active young people officer.

Sophie has always been interested in sport, representing west Wales at netball and representing Wales at hocket for U16, U18 and U21 level.

She also played rugby for Haverfordwest Ladies and Scarlets Ladies before a ruptured ACL ended her promising career, but allowed her to take on her postgraduate degree in teaching.

Sophie said: “I went on to teach in Portfield School for three years before recently having my little girl in December last year.

“I started working for Sports Pembrokeshire in September 2021 and I am thoroughly enjoying the role so far.”

As active young people officer, Sophie works with small groups of individuals and helps with their confidence and self-esteem, as well as behavioural or social and emotional needs.

She also provides extra-curricular clubs including dodgeball, baskets, girls’ football and a breakfast sports club.

Sophie added: “Physical activity has always played an active role in helping both physical and mental health, so it is imperative that we continue to invest in school and community sport.”