Life as a Community Sports Coach

February 9th, 2021 by Dave Lote

As a kid, you have a vision of what you want to be, a Police Officer, Fireman, Professional sportsperson, a job that makes loads of money and so on.

Let’s take the sport, for example, you grow up playing as many sports as you can until you get to an age where you have external pressures meaning you can only really afford to do one due to time being the main barrier. Your biggest influences in this are your parents and coaches, how they make you feel in the car journey back home, how do they show love and care towards your development as an individual first and then as an athlete?

This is my story……

Since the age of 19, I have volunteered and had full-time employment in Community Sport with a majority of this time being a Community Rugby Coach for a National Governing Body working in the field supporting the on-field and off-field development of sports clubs. At the age of 21, I signed my first full-time contract and came to the realisation that I had just turned my biggest hobby being Rugby into my main job and getting paid for it. This for me was a pretty big deal and felt on top of the world.

I discovered very quickly that coffee was going to be a big influence in my career, within a week of the job, I had adopted the beverage into my daily routine and as a coach, you use exploration to support player development, I have been exploring different coffees ever since. As well as becoming a regular coffee drinker, you use this as a networking opportunity, whenever I had meetings, it’s always at a coffee shop. You get chatting and before you realise, you’ve had 2, 3, 4 coffees in the day and you’re jumping off the walls.

Your day as a sports coach was never the same, working in community sport, you tend to work unsociable hours, lots of evenings, lots of weekends as this is when the clubs were at their busiest and you can have the biggest impact. Committee members, coaches, players and parents were always pleased to see me, I had a big influence on just the kit I was wearing, both positive and negative. My challenge was to try and ensure I have a base level of rapport with everyone I come across every single day.

The question I asked myself, “How can I make sure I have a positive influence on everyone I meet today?”

If you want to know more about becoming qualified as a Community Sports Coach, please contact Dave Lote at