Saturday 21 March 2015

Pro Skills was formed in 2004 by Mark Senior who, having completed a degree in Sport, Health, Leisure and Business Management at Leeds University, realised the need for better community based coaching in the local area. 

Mark set up Pro Skills following a successful career in football and cricket playing for many county and city representative sides and being included in the first training squads for England 14-16s age groups when the Lilleshall National Centre was established. 

The thing is Mark did all this without any coaching! What could people achieve with good solid guidance and coaching techniques? Pro Skills was formed to give young people a better environment, to develop good attitudes to education and also develop social skills, team ethics and confidence in all participants. 

Initially Mark undertook research into coaching developments in youth sport and began offering schools a range of services they didn't currently cater for.

Pro Skills Coaching has grown each year, with more and more schools, community groups, holiday camps etc being part of the successful programme. From this, we quickly gained a glowing reputation for the was the coaches worked with young people, the manner adopted and the role models provided to young people. 

Pro Skills Coaching has always prided itself on quality, providing highly qualified, enthusiastic coaching, with many ex professionals and graduates of sport, or those who show a genuine enthusiasm to develop themselves and young players a like.

Mark Senior pictured working with Bradford City Under 18s

Mark has worked at several professional clubs during his career including working with Bradford City's Academy from ages U10s+

Mark now currently works with Manchester United academy providing sessions for U6-8s for their Yorkshire development centre or at the academy itself. 

Mark Senior Manchester United reference


"Mark is a highly qualified professional with a passion for sport (particularly football) and the way it can be used to educate and engage people of all ages, but particularly young people. He receives very strong endorsements from many schools and parents and children get enormous enjoyment from taking part, demonstrating this through repeat attendance. Although Mark's coaching techniques improve sports skills, they deliver much more, including developing teamwork, commitment, and broader life skills. His business network is successful and growing fast."
(Debbie, Director of Marketing)

“Mark has contributed greatly to the identification, recruitment and development of a number of our talented Academy players. Mark is a loyal and enthusiastic member of our organisation that I recommend unreservedly.”
(Mike Glennie, Manchester United Academy)

“Mark from Pro Skills coached my son for a full season at the age of 12. He put faith in him and his coaching methods really brought the best out in him. My son learned a lot and developed under his new coaching methods.”
(John Hendrie, former Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Leeds Utd player