Dean is a qualified Personal Trainer and Gym Instructor, as well as coaching Football, Dodgeball and Ultimate Frisbee. He also has teaching and quality assurance qualifications, and is a member of Mensa, the high IQ society.
The past 10 years of his career have been spent working in Sport for Social Change programmes, helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their health, fitness and employability. His roles in that period have included Tutor, Sports Coach and Regional Operations Manager for the football charity, Street League, in Tees Valley.
Dean left Street League to set up Green Sky Fitness with Andy Gray to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to access a range of sporting activities and use them as a means to enhance the quality of their lives.
One of the highlights of his career came at the 2014 FIFA World Cup when, as part of the Football for Hope Festival in Rio de Janeiro, he gave presentations to 32 global organisations that use sport for social improvement.
British Kickboxing Champion at the age of only 18, Andy went on to reach the pinnacle of the sport, winning two World Championships, as well as world silver and bronze medals. He subsequently qualified as a Kickboxing Instructor and Personal Trainer, Massage therapist, as well as an Ultimate Frisbee and Dodgeball coach.
Prior to setting up Green Sky Fitness with Dean, Andy was employed by Street League and The Prince’s Trust over a 10-year period, helping disadvantaged people from diverse backgrounds.
While with The Prince’s Trust he won awards for his leadership and work within the community, and during his time with Street League he accompanied six young people to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in FIFA’s Football For Hope Festival. In Brazil, he delivered team-building workshops and a cultural awareness presentations to over 400 delegates from 27 different countries.
Andy co-founded Green Sky Fitness because he wanted to provide people with the same opportunities he’s had and introduce new sports into the mainstream, along with innovative ideas to stay active and healthy.