Gary Hopper served 25 years in the Royal Navy, joining as a Junior Mechanic in 1983. After several promotions he served on HMS Illustrious during both the Sierra Leone conflict in 2000 and in support of the Afghanistan conflict 'Operation Telic', after the terrorist attack on 11 September 2001. On gaining promotion to lieutenant, Gary served as a Tactical Weapons Engineering Officer on HMS Vengeance where he completed two deterrent patrols.
Duncan Donnelly served in the Royal Air Force for 17 years as an engineering technician. He served on operations during the Gulf War with Tornado fighter and bomber squadrons. Duncan was a very keen sportsman throughout his service career, representing the RAF at a number of sports which inspired him to look into the sports franchising industry.
Stuart Bartles-smith served 9.5 years as an army officer with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and the Royal Artillery, serving on operations in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan, the latter being just 12 months ago where he commanded a specialist Artillery Fire Support Team in Helmand Province.
Paul Blackhurst, one of our latest recruits, served 10 years in the Infantry for the British Army. “Upon leaving the army I wanted to start my own business and franchising was the best way to enable me to do that," Paul comments. "Premier Sport stood out from the start as a professional and exiting new opportunity. Not only does it allow me to do something I love, it also helps me create the sporting legacy in primary schools that I would like my two young children to have when they reach primary age.”
Premier Sport successfully delivers more than 30 different sports to over 150,000+ children every week and is employed by thousands of primary schools nationwide. As the leading sports coaching provider, Premier Sport enjoys the backing and support from the UK’s most talented and recognised sports people including Rugby World Cup winner, Lawrence Dallaglio OBE. “I’ve known Premier Sport for a long time," says Lawrence. "They’re very passionate about getting children playing all sorts of sports, which is a very exciting initiative and one that I’m fully committed to putting my name behind.”