Hull Seahawks Community Programme officially launches on the 1st December but work has been ongoing behind the scenes ahead of schedule, including the appointment of our Community Ambassador, Mark Sturdy. Mark is no stranger to Hull ice hockey having played and coached at various levels. He is also sponsor and to say the least, a keen supporter of the Hull Seahawks.
On hearing of his appointment Mark commented, ‘I am absolutely delighted to take up the volunteer role of Community Ambassador for the Seahawks community programme. Like many supporters, my passion for the sport spans over 30 years right back to the first Seahawks team, then named Humberside. During this period of time I have been lucky enough to play and had a small role coaching the juniors under the guidance of the legendary Peter ‘Jonker’ Johnson.
Mark will work alongside Ian Mowforth (GM Commercial) to develop the new community programme. ‘My role new is to build a solid foundation with the wider community, not just for this season but for the many seasons ahead. Working with organisations and charities across Hull, the East Riding and North Lincolnshire, the aim is to introduce people to our great sport who for various reasons have not been able to attend a game. Investing in the community is a central part of the Hull Seahawks ethos and I am assisting to build on the great work already done so far this season ahead of schedule.’
Ian added, ‘Mark is not just a fan of the club but someone who I deeply respect and I count as a friend. He is loath to draw attention to his own impairment, which is sight related, but Mark knows what it is like to suffer a debilitating illness and how hard but necessary it is to overcome the many hurdles presented to you on a daily basis. Despite his impairment, Mark comes to every game and gets great enjoyment out of being part of our loyal following. Being successful in business and many walks of life, Mark would be a great addition to our team in any event but because of his impairment he provides us with an insight as to how our programme should be built.’