Founder - Mark Wright
Mark was born and bred in Hong Kong and, after growing up as part of the HWI (Harry Wright International) family, he has always been actively involved in sport. He began his professional sporting career as one of the first Pro Rugby players in HK. After spending five years playing professional rugby in Japan and having his first child, Mark came back to HK and completed his teaching qualifications while still playing professionally with the HK 7s program at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Having a family of his own he has seen first-hand the importance that sport can play in a child’s development.
During his time teaching at schools in HK he has recognised that often some sports were more challenging for children to access. He believes that often this is attributed to children’s lack of basic fundamental ‘bear essentials’ that help them try their hand at different sports with confidence. The Bear Essentials session have therefore been planned to develop and focus on the ‘Bear 8’ in an attempt to promote a love of sports and outdoor activities.
Mark believes that enjoyment and fun is the best way for children to learn and to create enthusiasm. This will be incorporated in to every session, creating a safe space where, with encouragement, children will learn to hone their skills with no fear of failure. He will use his teaching knowledge of best teaching practice and how children learn in an attempt to set correct attainment levels and challenge points to increase learning, keep focus, and create the most amount of enjoyment during each session.
Provide sessions that cover the Bear Essential’s 8 fundamentals that help us perform and excel in any sport.
We strive to give children the fundamental skills that they need for any sporting opportunities.
There is a plethora of literature now suggesting that children should not specialise at a young age. Most children will not know what sport they will want to participate in when they are older so having a basic knowledge and skill set that is adaptable and transferable for any sport is the key goal and vision of Bear Essentials. The program will also be an introductory guide and insight into different sports for children that will allow them to pursue the sports that they thrive in and enjoy the most. By attempting to take the best parts of a variety of different sports we will hopefully finish up with children that are very well rounded athletes, that can compete to the best of their ability in any sport they choose in the future.
We are fully committed to ensuring children get the most out of every session that they take part in.