What WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE
WY Basketball is a not-for-profit organisation that is solely focused on providing more opportunities for the people of West Yorkshire to enjoy basketball. Ultimately, leading to heatlhier lifestyles, both physically and mentally.
Pretty simple goal right? We hope so, but we also know that it will require the entire community to pull together to release the full potential of basketball within West Yorkshire.
This is where WY Basketball comes in. We want to be an organisation that brings people together to make great things happen. We are at the start of that journey and we hope that you will join us on the way.
WHO's ON THE TEAM
Mark is a basketball lifer. He was introduced to basketball when he was just six years old and has been obsessed ever since.
He has had many roles around basketball including playing and coaching. Mark was also part of the small team that launched and successfully operated the Leeds Force franchise in the BBL for three seasons. Currently, Mark is also a commentator for FIBA and has covered some of the biggest tournaments in the world including the World Cup, Eurobasket, Euroleague Women and the NBA’s first ever games in India.
Combining this passion and knowledge of basketball Mark will also bring corporate experience to help WY Basketball achieve its’ ambitions. Mark has previously worked for major global brands such as Puma, Levi’s and Kelloggs. He has also run his own commercial consultancy for over 10 years and recently completed his PhD in Marketing.
Mark will be responsible for creating a sustainable platform from which the WY Basketball organisation can grow.
Greg started out in basketball at club level quite late at the age of 23. Although he had played at high school, it wasn’t until he picked up a basketball as a teaching assistant that the lifetime love of basketball took over.
This passion for basketball has culminated with Greg launching Spen Valley Vipers, which started with five guys playing outside in December on a wintery West Yorkshire court. It developed into three men’s teams, three junior teams and an U12’s community session. Greg was most recently awarded Basketball England’s Volunteer of the Year award for Yorkshire.
Greg knows that there is a huge reservoir of primarily untapped basketball potential in West Yorkshire and is excited to be part of West Yorkshire Basketball. Alongside his relentless basketball work Greg also as 12 years experience in education provision.
His passion and professional experience make Greg the perfect person to lead the community engagement side of the organisation’s activities.
FRIENDs OF WY BASKETBALL
Nadio is a proud West Yorkshire native. He has dedicated his life to supporting local businesses, social enterprises and organisations across the region and beyond.
Whether he’s passing on his expertise to startups, established high tech firms or the next generation of entrepreneurs, Nadio’s dedication to the community is unwavering and he will be a real asset to WY Basketball
Paul is the former head of the Bradford Bulls Foundation and brings with him to WY Basketball almost two decades of experience working for both sporting clubs and sponsors.
Paul, a Denver Nuggets fan, knows the positive impact that a successful basketball organisation, like WY Basketball, could have on communities in the region and is excited to provide assistance wherever he can.
Sean is the former Director of Huddersfield Town AFC and currrent the CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Sean’s reputation precedes him and his considerable commercial expertise and in-depth knowledge of the region make him the perfect candidate to support WY Basketball in building strong links to the local business community.
WY Basketball is all about bringing the wider basketball community together. We know that there are some amazing people within our community and if we come together we can achieve some pretty spectacular things.
If you want to become part of our movement then please do get in touch or if you just want to ask us a question or make a suggestion we would love to hear from you.