STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKS -

Mark’s love for cricket began when watching the great West Indies bowling attack of the late 70’s and early 80’s. Mark started playing cricket at his first club Quorn CC aged 9 when they began to run an under 13 team. He continued to play there until 15 when neighbouring club Sileby Town began to invest time into Junior cricket and several friends joined the club with him. Highlight’s of Mark’s junior playing days include captaining the Junior side at Sileby, winning the under 17 County finals and also representing the first and second teams at Senior level.

During the junior years Mark also played for the school teams at Humphrey Perkins and Rawlins. Rawlins won the county finals beating Wyggestion Collegiate with Mark taking a match wining 6-16. The school progressed to being East Midlands champions then losing to Worcester Grammar in the Midlands final.

Mark played for senior teams at Sileby for several years before moving to Shepshed Town for a couple of seasons before returning to Sileby after this spell and continued to play in both first and second teams subsequently taking on the captaincy of the second team for a short spell. In 2000 Mark left the game and stopped playing for 6 years before returning to Sileby when his boys began to play. Mark helped out with junior teams on his return and soon took coaching qualifications. Inspired by coaching so much, Mark’s passion for working in sport was reignited and Mark took the decision to return to education to undertake a Sports Science degree at Loughborough. Mark now heads up the junior section at Sileby, managing and coaching the Under 15’s and girls section as well.

Once he had graduated in 2012 Mark was fortunate to be offered a position on  the Leicestershire and Rutland Sport’s Legacy Maker programme, based at Melton Borough Council. This work entailed increasing participation across sports in young people aged 14-25 through Sportivate and Satellite club programmes. This experience stood Mark in good stead when moving onto North West Leicestershire District Council as Supporting Futures Project Officer. This role providing diversions from Anti-Social Behaviour and substance abuse for young disadvantaged young people, through sport and play.

In December 2013 Mark was offered the post of Cricket Development Officer –Schools and Education with Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket, drawing on his experience of Leicestershire and Rutland’s School Sport and Physical Activity Network, to help coordinate and deliver cricket coaching across the county’s schools and encourage continued participation. Mark Also coordinates much of the School competition framework in conjunction with the Leicestershire Schools cricket Association. Mark has progressed into a leadership role within the organisation responsible for the schools programme and line managing the Cricket Development Coaches in the new role of Senior Cricket Development Officer.