Neighbourhood Warden appointed

Winchester City Council has appointed its third Neighbourhood Warden, Mark Bernhardt (25) a former sports and PE teacher at Peter Symonds College, Winchester.

Mark joins Winchester's two other wardens, Nigel Devlin and Peter Stevens, who have been working in the Highcliffe area of Winchester for the past three weeks. The Neighbourhood Warden scheme will be extended to cover Stanmore in the next two months.

Mark has just returned from 4 months in Ghana, West Africa, where he was volunteering as a sports coach in communities and schools - something he describes as an inspiring experience!

Prior to going to Africa, he taught for two years at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, where he was a teacher on the AS/A2 Sport & PE course, personal tutor to 25 students, and head coach of the mens' basketball and cricket teams.

"I wanted to take up a position post-Africa that enabled me to contribute to improving a community environment within a close knit team, and build upon my varied and challenging experiences within education and sport," said Mark.

Mark studied at Loughborough University where he gained a degree in PE and Sport Science and during the summer holidays he worked in the US as a lifestyle counsellor to children aged 7-17 years.

Outside of work, he teaches exercise "circuits" classes, trains at the gym and enters local running / triathlon events.