The Gulf Star Sports Team
BA (hons) Journalism & Sport, AAT level 2 certificate in Accounting, Safeguarding Children, First Aid certified
After studying at the University of Stirling and achieving a Bachelor of Arts with joint honours in Journalism studies and Sport studies, Matthew took on a number of management roles and has nine years management experience, firstly in the hospitality sector and laterally in the sports sector, including working with Powerleague football centre. Throughout his experience, Matthew has developed a broad spectrum of skills and is an invaluable member of the Gulf Star Team, playing a key role in the strategic development of the company. Matthew oversees much of the company’s facility management, supplier relations, activity co-ordination & strategic planning and takes a keen interest in the company’s Marketing collateral.
In his spare time Matthew is a sports enthusiast and is constantly up to date with the world of sports. His main interest is not surprisingly football as he comes from a family full of football coaches and administrators.
BA (Hons) HR and Business Management, Distinction in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFAL) Safeguarding for Children and First Aid qualified.
After finishing his Hons degree in Ireland Gordon moved to the UK in Edinburgh. It was here that he started learning all the fundamental skills needed to manage the day to day operations of a busy and exciting construction company office. After being bitten by the travel bug Gordon moved to New Zealand (Auckland) where he furthered his career path. Gordon acquired skills in customer service, sales negotiations and management within a fitness centre. Moving forward he always enjoyed working with children and took the opportunity to study again and obtained a distinction in TEFAL. Gordon then went on to work in an outstanding school in the UAE for two years. It was here where he was first introduced to Gulf Star Sports. Over the last few years Gordon has undertaken many management responsibilities. On a weekly basis, Gordon, along with the rest of SMT ensures the smooth day to day operations of Gulf Star sports. He takes a keen interest in working closely with all Gulf Star suppliers, senior school management, staff and parents to ensure relationships stay strong and positive.
Gordon main sport interest must be Golf. We loves playing in the Winter months and even the Summer months in Dubai. He currently holds a handicap of 20 but he’s looking to get it down to the low teens this time next year!
3rd Dan Black Belt, WKF (World Karate Federation) accredited, BSc (Hons) Sport Science for Performance Coaching (Sheffield Hallam University)
Alex started Karate at the age of 6, where he cried his eyes out on his first 3 lessons. 4 years later he is winning Gold at the Junior World Shotokan Karate Championships. From then on Alex represented the England National Team at both Junior and Senior level gaining a bronze medal at the World University Games and U21 European Championships, this is accompanied by 6 English and 4 British titles. Alex began coaching at 18, building up a small, low achieving squad in Barnsley, Yorkshire (UK) to now being one of the largest and most successful squads in the whole of the United Kingdom. At the age of just 22 Alex was appointed (the youngest ever, to date) Head Coach of the Northern England Karate squad, where he worked closely with national team athletes.
Through his knowledge of Karate and Sport Science Alex plans to develop one of, if not THE most successful Karate club in the UAE.
Alex’s coaching style instils the FUNdamentals of Karate with the focus on self-defence, self-confidence, respect, discipline and of course FUN, if you aren’t enjoying it then you won’t give it your all or perform at your best.
Joanna started dancing at the age of two at the Fleur Elizabeth Dance Academy in East Yorkshire, England. At 18 she accepted a place at the Deborah Capon Dance College in Whitstable, Kent, for three years. There she studied many genre of dance as well as Music, Drama and Dance anatomy, gaining her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre. Throughout the years she enjoyed invaluable performance and choreography experience in Shows, Cabarets and Pantomimes.
Joanna spent the next two years teaching across Yorkshire at various Dance Schools – including Italia Conti Associates Hull, Primary Schools, Summer Schools, Workshops and Companies, sharing her experiences and love of dance with all ages.
Joanna is very passionate and enthusiastic about teaching the next generation of dancers and is excited to help progress and develop the dance department within Gulf Star Sports.
Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in School Level 3 Diploma, Higher Sports Leadership Level 3 – UK Sports Leaders, Paddlesports Level 1 Coach – UK BCCC, SKE+ Mastery of Mathematics for Teachers (Plymouth University)
Sam is the true description of a sports geek. Throw him a ball, bat or anything remotely resembling sports equipment and he will make a challenge of it. Sam has worked in all kinds of educational environments, from inner city secondary schools, to desert wilderness, and windy hilltops, for over 7 years. Sam also has a vast range of experience in customer service and operational roles, and is currently working across a number of venues in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Sam enjoys working with customers, and is always happy to help. Sam will begin studying a PGCEi in March, and has plans to add to his Coaching and Teaching repute here in the UAE. Sam is a mature but fun member of the team, who will always look to ensure that everyone is looked after.
Hannah started her training at Kate Simmons School of Dance and at the age of 16, achieved a DADA (Dance and Drama Award) Scholarship to attend the Northern Ballet School, UK. Here she trained under some of the UK’s top teachers and choreographers in various disciplines. She also studied RAD Teacher Training for Ballet and ISTD Teacher Training for Modern and Tap and graduated from the Trinity International Examination Board for a National Diploma in Professional Dance in 2010.
Since moving to Dubai in 2012 Hannah has enjoyed working as a Dance Teacher teaching various styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Contemporary. Hannah has also had the great opportunity to work as a professional Dancer across the UAE on various top events for a wide range of clients and audiences including UAE Royalty and various Celebrities.
Hannah is excited to be working with Gulf Star Sports and helping towards the growth of Dance and Musical Theatre within the Gulf Star.
Trinity International Examination Board Diploma in Professional Dance, BTEC AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety, Certified First Aid training, SafeGuarding for Children.
Molly has been dancing since the age of 3. She has always been passionate about dance and dance teaching from a young age. Molly started her professional dance career with The Royal Ballet Junior Associates in London, before moving to Dubai in 2005 and continuing her training abroad. At the age of 14 she was accepted into one of the UK’s top vocational dance schools, Alkins School of Dance, where she trained for 2 years before being accepted in The Northern Ballet School to further her professional training and performance technique. During her time at The Northern Ballet School, Molly performed solo roles with two of the UK’s leading graduate companies; Manchester City Ballet and Jazzgalore. She has also performed for members of the Royal Family in the UAE and various events across Dubai. Alongside her dance career Molly also enjoys teaching swimming, and is a fully qualified AUSTSWIM swim coach. She is very excited to be a part of Gulf Stars growing company and looking forward to spreading her experience and knowledge across the next generation of dancers in Dubai.”
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management & PGD in Event Management.
Joyce has been working with Gulf Star since 2013, and over the years has been part of planning and executing the launch of our holiday camps and after school clubs. She is also actively involved in being a customer service manager across various schools. Her role with us sees her taking care of all the things that are essential to the running of the company. Her past work experiences include an internship at a Television & Film Production house and a position with a Wedding planning agency. Being super organized and quick to learn new processes makes her a vital part of the team.
Joyce has lived in Dubai all her life, and knows of all the places to get a great bargain! She is passionate about travelling, cooking and yoga. As many who know her would say, she is always smiling and ready to help the team.
BSBA in Financial Management, Certified Junior Confederation of Finance Associates.
Joe has already several experiences in the field of finance at a young age. Finished her degree by 19 but started working by the age of 18 in an Insurance company as an accounts associate. Before finishing her degree, she also worked for a Business Processing company as a billing and collections associate. Through these experiences, she has now a wider view of different finance aspect in different kinds of company. And because of that she is now handling a wider and bigger responsibility for the Gulf Star Team.
Whenever she has free time, Joe is fund of playing sports to free her mind once in a while. She was a part of the varsity team in basketball and volleyball when she was still in university. She’s looking forward to use her skills not only in numbers but also in extracurricular activities.