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Mark Aalders: a passionate advocate for wheelchair basketball now part of the BIG family

3 Apr 2024

We are thrilled to announce that the lecturer for our coaches’ seminar in Sibiu, Romania, is going to be Mark Aalders. As part of the BIG project, the seminar is going to be held 6th-7th of April 2024.

Education and Early Career

Mark Aalders has dedicated his life to the world of wheelchair basketball. His journey began with a solid educational foundation that shaped his understanding of sports, social work, and coaching. Let’s delve into the key milestones of his educational and professional path:

1. Social Work Education (2000 – 2005)

Mark pursued social work education from 2000 to 2005. During this period, he gained valuable insights into community engagement, empathy, and understanding of the needs of diverse populations. His passion for making a positive impact on people’s lives was evident even during his formative years.

2. Secondary Vocational Education (1996 – 2000)

Before diving into the world of sports, Mark completed his secondary vocational education. This foundational phase laid the groundwork for his future endeavors, emphasizing discipline, teamwork, and perseverance.

Wheelchair Basketball Coaching and Work Experience

Mark’s commitment to wheelchair basketball extends beyond the court. His coaching career and involvement in various organizations have left an indelible mark on the sport:

1. RBT3 Coach (2022 – Present)

As an RBT3 coach, Mark plays a crucial role in developing wheelchair basketball talent. His expertise helps players refine their skills, strategize effectively, and compete at the highest level. His dedication to the game is unwavering.

2. Trainer (2006 – 2007)

Mark’s stint as a trainer with wbaheelchairbasketball demonstrates his commitment to nurturing young talent. During this period, he imparted essential skills, instilled discipline, and fostered a love for the game among aspiring players.

3. Coach RBVM (2014 – Present)

Mark’s coaching journey continued with Coach RBVM. His leadership guided the team through intense competitions, including the BeNe league finals, the Final 4, and the Dutch Cup finals. His ability to motivate and strategize has been instrumental in the team’s success.

4. Project Worker at Stichting BEN (Basketball Experience NL) (2021 – Present)

Mark’s passion extends beyond coaching. As a project worker at Stichting BEN, he contributes to the growth of wheelchair basketball in the Netherlands. His efforts focus on creating meaningful experiences for players, fans, and the community.

5. Clinics and Presentations

Mark actively participates in clinics and presentations related to wheelchair basketball. His sessions cover topics such as coaching youth wheelchair basketball players and enhancing wheelchair skills. His knowledge-sharing benefits both players and coaches.

National Team Contributions

Mark’s impact extends to the national stage:

1. Dutch Youth Team (2002 – 2007)

Mark captained the Dutch youth team during these years. His leadership, determination, and skill set an example for aspiring players. He represented the Netherlands with pride and contributed significantly to the team’s success.

2. Dutch Men’s Team (2007 – 2016)

Mark continued his journey with the Dutch men’s team. His dedication to the sport remained unwavering, and he played a vital role in the team’s achievements during this period.

Mark’s commitment to wheelchair basketball is evident in his rigorous practice routine and embodies the spirit of resilience, passion, and excellence. His educational background, coaching expertise, and tireless efforts have made him a true ambassador for wheelchair basketball in the Netherlands and beyond.