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.
2nd Dan Black Belt, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences with International Year (University of Birmingham – University of New South Wales).
Tom started Karate at the age of four after watching his two older brothers. At the age of 15, Tom was selected for the England Team and represented his country at both Junior and Senior levels. During this time, he became the Junior World Champion along with bronze medals at the 2009 World and 2012 European Championships and multiple English and British titles. These achievements lead him to become the Junior World NO.1, something no other British male has achieved.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Science Major in Business Administration
Grace was an accomplished bank officer in Philippines for 9 years. She developed a passion for customer service, sales orientation and wide understanding on financial products which are essential in the industry. She wanted to venture a new challenge in life and had decided to move in Dubai. Early this year Grace became part of our team and currently handling the HR Admin that includes the Staff and Supplier Documentation. Apart from that, she has an involvement in our Accounts Team that looks over the Finances of the company. And as Customer Service Personnel who deals and maintain a good relationship towards parents, generate leads and manages to assist in our Holiday Camps and After School Clubs.
Marie Kris Cordeta
Bachelor’s in Electronics Communication Engineering Technology. Certified First Aid Training, Safeguarding for Children.
Marie had a 5-year experience in Admin and Finance Department in the Philippines before she decides to move here in November 2011. Prior of joining Gulfstar Sports, she had work for a year as a Receptionist cum Administration Assistant for a tourism company and then later joined a Professional Dance School as an Administration Assistant for 4 years.
On a daily basis, Marie is responsible for back office support, receipting process, setting up classes in the system, and uniform stocktaking. Also, she is involved in the Accounts Team that looks over the Finances of the company.
ASA Level 1 certificate in swimming. DAC Dubai Accreditation Center qualified Pool Lifeguard for Dubai. CPR and First Aid qualified. Automated External Defibrillator AED Qualified. Oxygen Administration O2 qualified, Spinal Board Qualified. NPLQ National Pool Lifeguard Qualification qualified. RLSS Royal Life Saving Society UK qualified. HABC Level 2 International Award in Emergency First Aid at Work. HABC Level 2 International Award in Pool Lifeguarding,
Since moving to Dubai in 2014 Vann has enjoyed working as a lifeguard, He also compete in jumeirah beach time trial for lifeguards which consists on doing a 1.5 k run then a swim around the burj al arab.
By working as lifeguard it also builds up his vision to step forward to be a Swimming Teacher, after being qualified by By the ASA as a Level 1 Swimming teacher. He move to Gems Wellington Academy as a swimming teacher where he builds the passion for teaching students on different Age.