English Lacrosse would like to announce that Participation and Communities Manager, Dave Coldwell, has decided to leave the organisation after 19 years.
Dave first began working with English Lacrosse back in 1998 as LDO for Welwyn/Hitchin, founding Welwyn Warriors Lacrosse Club, and working to expand the LDO network in the South from 1 to 15 officers at its peak, assisting with the formation of many other clubs and university teams.
He has held a number of National roles within the organisation, being appointed National Volunteer & East Regional Officer in 2003, before becoming National Club Development Manager in 2007 and taking up his current role as Participation and Communities Manager in 2013.
Throughout his time at the organisation, Dave has lead engagement with Sport England across three successful funding cycles and been instrumental in engaging with BUCS to assist in Higher Education expansion which has seen lacrosse become one of the largest sports in the university sector with 250 teams playing in 2017/18.
He has also helped to establish the National Lacrosse Committee and served as the lead member of staff on the group over the last two years, engaging with key volunteers from within the sport.
Dave will take up a new role as the Deputy Director of Sport at Durham University, where he became Head of Lacrosse in 2016.
Mark Coups, English Lacrosse Chief Executive, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Dave over nearly two decades at English Lacrosse.
“Dave has become a well-respected and highly-regarded figure within sports administration and development from both inside and outside of lacrosse.
“His passion, skill and commitment to the organisation has made a real difference to the development of the sport in England and his contribution has left a lasting impression on the game.
“We wish Dave all the best in his new role and look forward to seeing him continuing his involvement with the game at Durham”.
On his departure, Dave said: “I will always reflect fondly on my 19 years with English Lacrosse. I have made some great friends, building relationships with many people.
“To be a part of lacrosse’s growth period over the last 10 years has truly been special, I am grateful for my time at English Lacrosse and I will look forward to continuing to work with the game with my new role”.
We would like to sincerely thank Dave for everything he has given to the game over the last 19 years and wish him well in his new role.
Dave will remain in post until Thursday 30 November 2017.