“I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else” that’s the simple answer Mark Lynk, Futsal Development Officer, gave when asked why he’s been a predominant figure at Football in the Community for the last fifteen years.
The popular coach has held a wide variety of roles throughout his tenure and as one of the most qualified coaches within the company, Lynk us held in high regard by colleagues, parents and youngsters alike.
“I’ve got the best of both worlds at the minute, one morning I could be coaching three or four year olds in a school as part of Premier League Primary Stars, then I can be coaching our Under 18 Futsal Squad – the variety is really appealing.
“For me it’s just a dream job – it’s exactly what I thought it would be and more” said Lynk.
After being released from the centre of excellence, ending his dreams of becoming a professional footballer, Mark refused to see a career outside of the beautiful game at enrolled on a coaching course at West Nottinghamshire College, being taken on as a coach with Football in the Community after a chance meeting, with current Head of Community, Mark Hemingray – who was Mark’s coach during his time in the centre of excellence.
Over the last fifteen years Mark, affectionately known as ‘Lynky’ has held a number of roles developing his coaching career, from working on Premier League Primary Stars with local primary school children, to coaching the Mansfield Town youth team and now, assisting on our education project as Futsal Development Officer.
“Everything that I’ve done I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, I just try to do the job to my best of my ability. I’ve got to give credit to Mark [Hemingray, head of community] who has been my mentor since day one, he’s really helped me progress as a coach”
Head of Community Mark Hemingray expressed his pride at seeing Mark progress “Lynky is a fantastic asset to the team and a really nice guy to boot, the originality and range of his coaching sessions is a real credit to how hard he works to deliver high quality sessions.
“The fact he’s been here for 15 years is a credit to his loyal personality – like me, he’s seen numerous people pass through the door, and I know he takes huge pride in seeing them develop as people and forge careers”
Speaking of his current role within our Education department, Lynk added “I really enjoy the Education program work because I’m getting to help mould future coaches. Futsal is a different, more technical game, and I really enjoying putting sessions on to work on those areas – but also being able to take the students out to schools and develop their coaching skills gives me a real buzz.
“Over the last three years I’ve been really proud to see coaches develop from our Education Students, Alex [Cartwright, Community Coach] has progressed really well and has done really good things with Walking Football, whilst Macaulay [Short, Casual Coach] is doing really well at university – just to name a few, I’m really proud of every journey pupils make”
“When I was released from the Centre of Excellence, I had that wobble about ‘What do I do now’ and going into coaching was a real game changer for me, that’s why I really enjoy our Education Program – if anyone is leaving school this academic year and wants to pursue a career in coaching, I’d really encourage them to get in touch and enrol on our course”