What do you feel you can offer as a mentor:
Actively engage with clubs and individuals to help further develop their potential customers, membership, volunteers and staff understanding whilst aiding forward planning reflecting and reviewing from various backgrounds and experiences to maximise future projects uptake as well as impact within the club's/individual's work force and aspirations.
Areas of Expertise:
Setting up and sustaining new community clubs and satellite clubs
Expanding clubs participation and competitions
Maximising income streams
Fundraising and sponsorship
Delivering and assessing engaging sessions
Recruiting, upskilling and retaining volunteers
Developing and implementing young coaches programmes
Mark has coached and developed basketball at various levels across the performance pathway from minis, community and club teams to the county, regional and national representative level with a specialism in the female game coaching at the highest level in the UK in the Women's British Basketball League with Leeds Beckett University.
Off the court Mark, started in sports development being self-taught whilst at university and working in York (2000-2009); progressing on to working for Bradford Metropolitan District Council Sports Development Unit as a Community Basketball Coach (2009-2013), followed by working for Leeds Force Foundation (now City of Leeds Basketball Foundation) as Club & Community Development Manager with projects across North & West Yorkshire and Lancashire (2014-2016) and then becoming self-employed (Coach Gunn Basketball) delivering and developing basketball in the school and community environment across Lancashire and Yorkshire 2016 to date.
- BSc Hons in Sport & Exercise Science
- Numerous NGB Level 1 & Level 2 Coach awards with a specialism in Basketball
18 years of planning, delivery, evaluating, developing and importantly sharing mistakes personally made with others to encourage further learning.