Meet the Team
IMAS Co-founder and Director
With over thirty years of contribution to service provision in the disability and autism sectors as a consultant and specialist tutor. Mark recognised the opportunity to combine the WEA/IMAS ‘Inclusion in Rugby’ and ‘Inclusion in Sports’ projects with a national training programme. Mark now works with a number of NGB’s and leads on the training and delivery of Mixed Ability Sports to grassroots clubs across England.
IMAS Co-founder and Director
Passionate about rugby and lifelong education. Player and qualified coach both in the UK and Italy, holds a MA in Disability Studies from the University of Leeds. Co-founder of Chivasso Rugby, first Italian Mixed Ability team, has been working for years in European projects aiming to develop international co-operation and social inclusion. Creator of the Mixed Ability Rugby World Tournament, now IMART, Martino oversees IMAS international expansion.
Dr Celia Hickson
Business Development Manager
Celia is an expert organisation developer and fundraiser. She has extensive experience in the community and voluntary sector but started life as a biotechnology researcher. Celia has worked in FTSE 250 companies, small businesses and has been self-employed; she has extensive experience of working with organisations to help them reach their potential.
Since graduating from Loughborough University’s BSc Sport Management programme Mike has worked in both retail and sports development. His passion for Mixed Ability sports first began in 2015 whilst working as a project coordinator for England Rugby. Currently leading on Comic Relief and England Rugby’s ‘Try for Change’ project, Mike aims to increase MA Rugby provision across the Midlands and Yorkshire. Aside from this he is involved with expansion across new NGB’s and delivering MA awareness training to a variety of partners across England.
Meet our Trainers
Educator and Co-ordinator IMAS Italy
Specialist educator with over ten years of experience, expert in conflict management and youth trainer. Graduate in Philosophy and Science of Education, he is President of Chivasso Rugby Onlus and a qualified FIR coach. Enrico oversees all networking activities, training and the development of IMAS and the Mixed Ability Model in Italy.
Educator and IMAS South America
Father of 3, Daniel has been a rugby player for all his life at Banco Hipotecario Nacional and San Cirano, coaching the junior sides of both clubs. He was the founder of Rugby Inclusivo in Argentina and the head coach of Pumpas XV, world champions at IMART 2017. Daniel is also a qualified PH teacher and PNL coach. With the “Fundación Rugby Inclusivo Argentina”, Daniel keeps opening new pathways to participation.
Educator and Co-ordinator IMAS Spain
Specialist tutor, education counsellor and special education teacher, works with people with intellectual disabilities and at risk of social exclusion. Responsible and manager of the ‘Inclusion through rugby’ pioneer project in Gaztedi RT, first of its kind in Spain.
Oier is a web developer and a rugby lover. Since 2012 he has been actively involved in the Mixed Ability team of Gaztedi R.T. in Vitoria, coaching rugby in schools and gaining qualification through FER. In 2016 Oier begun to promote and oversee Mixed Ability expansion in Madrid in the C.R. Complutense Cisneros, where he’s also actively involved in school activities promoted by the club.