Developing life skills through activity


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 12 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 and the Ignite Sports coaching team aim to inspire children to have an active, healthy lifestyle and to gain a passion for life-long participation in activity.


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 Coached Weekly

of calories burned every lesson by every child

Extra Curricular Clubs Weekly

Years Sports Coaching Experience

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Location: York

Telephone: 07834415943