Marc BlackmanI have always been interested in sports with my main passion being for wheelchair basketball, I have now been playing for over 10 years, which during this time, I have had the opportunity to represent the East Midlands on several occasions, bringing home two silver medals and two bronze medals. During this time I have also had the opportunity to train and represent the Great Britain under 23 squad.

In 2008 I turned to coaching as well as playing wheelchair basketball, which led me to attain both my Level 1 and level 2 coaching awards for Wheelchair Basketball, my passion for sports coaching led to me attending the University of Lincoln to study Sports Development and Coaching. During my time at Lincoln I discovered that as well as coaching I enjoyed the Sports Development elements. This led to me interrupting my studies in 2011 to gain employment as a Wheelchair Sports Development Officer with Lincolnshire Sports Partnership to work on their Wheelchair Sports Programme.

It was during this year that I coached over 7,000 pupils across 18 different secondary schools, supported the launch of Inclusive Rounder’s, the County Athletes Assessment Days and showcased wheelchair sports at events such as the Lincolnshire county show, street games and corporate events.

During my final year at Lincoln my passion for sports development grew and led to me representing the University of Lincoln at a national student conference for a project that I undertook as part of my final year studies. This has led to me wanting to work in the sports development area.