Dan McDermott

Education and Training Manager

I've worked in outdoor and environmental education since 2001, working on outdoor camps and activity centres in America and France after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with an honours degree in Marketing. 

I worked for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust for more than 6 years on various educational projects with children and young people, rising to the position of Education Manager.  I looked after school visits to a number of Trust sites and outreach education across Lancashire before leaving in 2011 to join Newground as Education and Training Manager. 

I’m a MIAS level 2 mountain bike instructor, have completed the PTLLS qualification and I'm working towards my level 3 Forest School qualification having completed practical training and passed skills and practical assessments - just need to finish off my essays! 

I sit on the executive committee for the Institute for Outdoor Learning in the North West and chair the North West Forest School cluster group.

What I do at Newground

At Newground I manage the work we do with schools and similar organisations.  This can be fairly varied and falls into three main areas. 

  • Our interactive workshops on topics such as climate change, fairtrade, global education, sustainability, recycling, healthy eating, the natural world and food growing. 
  • The work we do outdoors which includes Forest School, Bushcraft & survival skills, natural play, guided walks, mountain biking and traditional countryside management skills. 
  • Advice, support or training to schools on how to get the most from their grounds, their outdoor curriculum or learning outside in general. 

Within all the work we do the audiences can vary but we work with mainstream groups in nurseries, primary schools, high schools, colleges and universities.  Our approach can also be tailored to an alternative education approach for groups who are struggling in mainstream education.

In my spare time

I’m an American Football fan and enjoy watching both the Chorley Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens, whilst occasionally playing myself with the Burnley Tornadoes.  I get out on my bike when I can - I used to always ride off-road with mountain biking a speciality but I've recently surprised myself discovering a love of road riding too. 

My most treasured time is any time spent with my wife Vicki and son Harry, and I like to travel anywhere there's a beach with good surf.  Things I’m most proud of are my ability to lift things down off high shelves and having had a picture on the Gallery with Tony Hart aged 4.