Rob Delahay


Outdoor Activity, Sport and Exercise Facilities Manager

Professional and Technical Support Staff

Contact Details

tel: 01905 622223

Since an early age Rob followed his passion for the outdoors and educating children and young people, at the age of 18 he gained a place as part of a local trainee instructor scheme for Sandwell Local Authority and as a result of went on to study further at the University of Worcester gaining a BSc (Hons) in Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management.

During his career he has worked for many outdoor activity providers both in the UK and abroad: Calvert Trust, Go Ape and Adventure Norway to name but a few and spent an international semester studying at Agder University. He also worked as a freelance instructor before gaining employment with a local outdoor education centre in Worcester where he worked his way up to become Head of Centre.

It was at this point that Rob decided to go back to study and complete his Post Graduate Certificate in Education, this then saw him teaching sport and outdoor education in secondary schools and lecturing in FE colleges across sport, outdoor education and public services. His passion for nurturing and developing children and young people lead him to set up his own community interest company aimed at utilising the outdoors as a positive tool to engage children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. More recently Rob gained employment with the University as lead for outdoor sport, managing Lakeside Campus and lecturing.


  • MA Outdoor Education, University of Worcester (ongoing)
  • PGCE (Post Compulsory Education Training) Birmingham City University
  • BSc (Hons) Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management, University of Worcester


Industry Background

Rob has over 15 years experience of working in the Outdoor Education, Sports Management and Youth Development sector, specialising in engaging and delivering programmes to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

His broad experience has given him exposure to working with children and young people drawn from a number of different areas, across a large range of initiatives through education.

Industry Related Qualifications:

  • BCU L2 Coach
  • 3* Kayak
  • 3* Solo Canoe
  • White Water Rescue Technician
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • SPA
  • ML (Summer)
  • GNAS Archery Leader
  • ATEO Rifle Range Control Officer
  • BSCA Mountain Bike Leader Award
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children
  • Inclusivity Training
  • Outdoor First Aid
  • First Aid at Work
  • CPR and AED training
  • Functional Skills Delivery Training
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Teenage Brain Development Training
  • Brief Solution Focused Practise Counselling
  • IOSH Working Safely
  • Fire Safety and Awareness
  • Fire Warden Training
  • Manual Handling
  • Appraiser Skills Training
  • Mediation Training
  • Recruitment and Selection Training
  • Defensive Driver Training

Scope of Role at the University

Day to day running of outdoor sport across the University, management of Lakeside campus facility and lecturing; business generation, risk management, budget setting/planning, staffing, strategic planning, academic support, School engagement, programming and planning, staff training and monitoring, purchasing, co-ordinating estates, building management, grounds and housekeeping teams.

Internal Responsibilities:

  • Lakeside Campus Manager
  • Lead for Outdoor Sport across University
  • Lecturer - SSES
  • High Risk Clubs Advisor University of Worcester Students' Union
  • University of Worcester Safeguarding Committee
  • University of Worcester Sports Board
  • Health and Safety Advisor for Outdoor Sport
  • Strategic Football Development
  • Sports Employers Advice Panel (SEAP)

External Responsibilities:

  • Managing Director and Co-Founder Active Youth Outreach Services CIC
  • Malvern Hills District Council Mental Health and Well-being Board
  • Engage Tenbury Advisory Board
  • Malvern Youth Advisory Board
  • Connecting Families Panel Worcestershire County Council
  • Youth Engagement Network Worcestershire County Council