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Dean Martindale has gone from participant to volunteer to paid member of staff. This year he even went as far as Sri Lanka to represent Flying Futures. We are all so proud of the development in Dean over the past 18 months that we wanted to share with you a timeline of his journey so far as we know there is even more on the horizon for Dean over the next few years.

2012 – Dean was an avid rugby player who has a deep passion for the game, in early 2012 he suffered a horrific injury resulting in ligaments in both his knees to be torn which ended his playing career. Unfortunately this led Dean into a state of depression and his mental and physical health was at risk. Through Deans hard work and dedication he has since overcome this. 

March 2017 – Dean took part in our Dame Kelly Holmes Trust ‘Get on Track’ programme. He completed the programme with 100% attendance and was an inspiration to those around him. Dean got so much from the programme and wanted to continue to build on his personal development.

April 2017 – Dean continued to be a part of the Flying Futures Communities team and volunteered at every session he could get to. Assisting in sport sessions across the Doncaster region working with young people to be a positive role model to those around him especially in his home town of Thorne. 

June 2017 – Through Deans success with Future Communities he applied to work on the summer NCS programme. After completing the residential training was chosen to be a mentor for the Survival Camp, one of the tougher NCS residential experiences! His determination and commitment to Flying Futures ensured he got selected to be a mentor on the Autumn programme in Lockerbie in the Scotland, before being asked to take on an extra residential. 

September 2017 – Dean continued his development by signing up and completing the Active Citizens programme. The programme gives people the skills required to deliver social action in their local community, as part of Deans social action he helped set up a single parents coffee morning in a deprived area of Doncaster. 

November 2017 – With the launch of the #TTR programme last year Flying Futures was doing a lot of work with charities working within the sector. The team decided to compete in the Winter Wolf Run to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund. Dean was straight there to volunteer to take part in the gruelling 10km full of obstacles in the cold wet weather, being part of the team that raise over £500 for charities.

January 2018 – The success of Deans Active Citizens social action project allowed him to apply to represent Flying Futures on an international stage. He was able to take part in the international study visit which meant travelling to Sri Lanka, visiting local communities and sharing his knowledge and experiences with them.

February  2018 – The Futures Communities team are part of the Ride London scheme. Where participants from the Dame Kelly Holmes Get on Track programme take part in a 46 mile bike ride in July across London. Dean jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the programme to show other people how they can overcome adversity and take such big steps in such a small space of time.


Dean uses his experiences to show others that you can overcome problems with hard work and perseverance, the Ride London is a great way to put his skills to use and test his limits to see how far he can go, he wants to use this to inspire others to never turn down opportunities. He will be back joining on NCS seasonal staff team this year to inspire another group of participants. Well done so far Dean, we look forward to your next challenge and good luck with Ride London.