Wildcats Appoint Director of Education

posted on 4 April 2011

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats are pleased to announce an exciting new appointment to the management team.

Mark Winder has been appointed Director of Education. This is a newly created role and one that is new to Wakefield and to Rugby League as a whole.

James Elston Chief Executive said, “This role is incredibly significant to the Club’s ambitions into the future. Mark’s role will have two main elements to it. First he’ll work with partners to develop the Community Trust at Wakefield and take it to a new level. Building upon the existing excellent work done by the Community Trust, we will look to work in partnership with local partners to establish a robust, resilient alliance that works in partnership with local schools, amateur clubs and communities within Wakefield to improve outcomes for young people, their families and indeed the community as a whole.”

“We wish to investigate how we, as a club, can help the government meet the needs of the ‘Big Society’ Agenda.’ ‘Learning is a life long activity and we want to use the power of the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats brand to help engage the community into education on all levels from Health and exercise to academic attainment that will ultimately help us to make Wakefield an even better city.”

Mark’s skill set can contribute greatly to the Club. As a qualified PE Teacher he has a breadth of relevant experience that will help take the Club forward. Spending 8 years as a Teacher in Leeds, he became a senior manager within a school setting, before becoming part of a National Government pilot to investigate the potential of linking professional sports clubs with schools to raise attainment. Following on from this Mark worked for Wakefield Council and was instrumental in developing Out of School Learning in Wakefield. He is currently part of the National Advisory Group for Playing for Success that helps to develop nationwide thinking on this very successful initiative.

He spent time as Extended Schools Manager Wakefield council helping schools look at sustainable ways to develop out of school support for the communities they serve. Mark has spent the last year as Study Support Team Leader in Leeds, managing a large team of over 20 staff and over 50 volunteers across 8 Study Centres based in Stadiums such as Elland Road, Headingley, South Leeds Stadium as well as an innovative centre within the White Rose Shopping Centre. Mark has also been the Project Manager for developing ‘Foundation Learning’ and sport for Education Leeds. The project has worked with the professional sports clubs, schools and other partners in Leeds to develop learning in sporting environments.

Elston continued, “The second part of Mark’s role is to work with the coaching staff to develop the excellent scholarship and academy to an Elite Academy that provides the gifted and talented rugby players of West Yorkshire the opportunity to develop their entire education and provide them with a strong basis to become elite athletes that can contribute to the whole community.”

Mark Winder commented “This is an exciting opportunity for me that I could not refuse. The plans that the new management team have excite me. It is amazing what has been done in only a month.”

“The vision fits in 100% with my values and beliefs. I feel that by using the new mantra ‘This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger’ we can use the brand and strong partnerships we have in Wakefield as well as forging new relationships to make Wakefield a better city for everyone.”

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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