About Marlow Sports
Marlow Sports offer a selection of Outstanding and Inspiring activities, courses, and programmes. Our sports coaches and staff provide Outstanding programmes for schools, clubs, organisations, families or individuals. We have experienced staff who work with children, adults, and those with disabilities or special needs.
About Gary Marlow
Gary Marlow completed his BA Honours in Physical Education at the University of Brighton, combining his passion for engaging children in sports with his skill in innovation to develop the Road to Eastbourne tennis competition in 2001.
This was the first ever primary schools' team tennis competition in the state system with the final held at the International Tennis Championship at Devonshire Park in Eastbourne. Ten years on, and the competition is still thriving with well over 2000 children participating every year. In 2009, the competition was runner-up for Innovation in Sport: Education at the Sussex Sports Awards.
Gary Marlow cofounded the University of Brighton Tennis Club and won Club of the Year in 2002. He has had a number of articles published by the British Journal of Physical Education.
Having worked as a PE teacher at Sackville Community College in East Grinstead for 2 years, Gary Marlow decided to work full-time on his first business Global Tennis in 2005. There, he developed his specialism in disabled sports, setting up the Spin Tennis Programme in Eastbourne for wheelchair tennis with one of his students going on to become a national junior champion.
In addition to running his own business, he also became the youngest ever Chairman of Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, a position he held for three years.
From September 2005, Gary Marlow focused on providing high-quality coaching in a wide range of sports for both primary and secondary schools throughout East and West Sussex, winning an UnLtd Millennium Award of £20,000 to help set up his business. Highlights have included:
• Involvement in the Business and Enterprise Project at Worthing High School for children at risk of permanent
exclusion, rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2006.
• Nomination for Coach of the Year at the 2008 Sussex Sport Awards
• Gaining further 'Outstanding' ratings from Ofsted for delivering Physical Education at Horsham Nursery and the
Queen Elizabeth II Special School in Horsham
In September 2010, Gary Marlow took the decision to relaunch his business as Marlow Sports, as the name Global Tennis no longer accurately reflected the wide remit of sports education that his business was involved in.
His area of expertise in providing high-quality coaching and teaching for children with physical and learning difficulties is one reason for this change. Gary Marlow also now offers training programmes for teachers, teaching assistants, university students, and those following Leadership programmes.
In 2011, he received the University of Brighton Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of 'his services to sport, his charitable work, and his tireless efforts to make sport an inclusive activity regardless of ability.' As the other testimonials on this website show, Gary Marlow has gained a reputation for delivering outstanding coaching and training programmes.
In the past six years, he has coached well over 7000 students throughout East and West Sussex. His main long-term goal is to revolutionise the way people think about sport, from the sporting bodies and coaches to those participating in sports and even those who don't think they can do sport. Marlow Sports provides these opportunities allowing everyone to realise their sporting potential.
In addition, Gary Marlow was asked to deliver an Interactive Learning Session at the National Physical Education and School Sport Conference (Association for Physical Education). The title of this was 'Practically Interesting Inclusive Ideas for High School Quality Physical Education.'
Sports for All
Gary Marlow has worked in a range of different schools providing specialist equipment and learning tools for disabled students. Committed to inclusive sports for all, Gary Marlow has worked with a number of disability charities and has experience of working with PMLD (profound multiple learning disabilities). Marlow Sports have experience in delivering sports for the following range of disabilities:
• ADD—Attention Deficit Disorder
• ADHD—Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• ASD—Autistic Spectrum
• ASP— Asperger's Syndrome
• BESD—Behavioural Emotional and Social Disorders
• CB—Challenging Behaviours
• CP—Cerebral Palsy
• DOW—Downs Syndrome
• HI—Hearing Impairment
• IM—Impaired Mobility
• MLD—Moderate Learning Difficulties
• PMLD—Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties
• SLD—Severe Learning Difficulties
• S&LD—Speech and Language Difficulties
• VI—Visual Impairment
Marlow Sports have worked with schools, parents, and local authorities to make sports and fitness accessible and achievable for all. Our team has worked with some of the following schools and colleges:
• Angmering Sports College, Angmering—Impairments: ASD
• Cuckmere House, East Sussex— Impairments: ADHD, BESD, DYS
• Court Meadow Special School, Cuckfield—Impairments: ASD, CB, PMLD, SLD
• Newick House Special School, Burgess Hill—ADD, ADHD, BESD, DOW, DYP, DYS, EPI, HEA, HI, MLD, SLD
• Oak Grove College, Worthing—Impairment: ASD, MLD, PMLD, SLD
• Queen Elizabeth II Special School, Horsham—Impairments: ASD, CB, PMLD, SLD