Liam Dart (Nov 2014)
Liam Dart is a PE teacher and community leisure manager at Budehaven School in Cornwall, who runs a team of coaches delivering sport and PE into primary schools in the county.
What school (s) did you go to?
Holsworthy Primary School, Holsworthy Community College then North Devon College.
What’s your earliest sporting memory?
Watching the division decider between Liverpool vs Arsenal in 1989. Arsenal won 2-0, we were away in the bright yellow kit and Michael Thomas scored a late winner, it sort of captured the passion of sport for me. As of playing that was in school. Representing your school always felt like such a big thing when your’e young so playing for my team Holsworthy was always fun.
Who were your sporting heroes growing up?
As an Arsenal fan, Tony Adams. He was a leader and probably one of the best centre halfs of the era I grew up in.
What are your best and worst sporting memories of school?
My worst memory was being told I wasn’t good enough to play in the school team. But this drove me on to really push myself and aim to improve and led to my best sporting moment which is when I was picked to represent my county, Devon. I played a blinder for Holsworthy that game and it just so happened that there was a scout putting together his country team on that day.
Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?
Barry Jones. He was my first ever school sports teacher, the teacher that got me intrigued about sport.
What sports do you play these days?
Football, hockey, badminton
In what other ways do you stay healthy?
Cycling, running and there is never any harm in watching what you eat.
What is your favourite sporting memory?
Going back to representing Devon schools it was the best times in my playing career. I developed dramatically and I remember one U15 game. I was asked to captain the Devon team against Bristol Counties at Ashton Gate. Sometimes it’s the places you play at that stick out more and Ashton Gate made me feel like a real pro. There is an easy one when it comes to coaching and that is winning the National Coach of the Year Award, it was at England’s national park which is amazing and the likes of Stuart Pearce were just floating about.
What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?
I was sent off after only 12 minutes in a cup quarter final for a bad tackle while playing for Launceston FC a few years back, very embarrassing and I felt bad for the team.
What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?
To be honest it’s not making it to be a professional footballer but again this has led my career in a different path and now I want to be the very best coach.
When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?
A very, very long time ago I’m afraid.
Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?
Arsene Wenger, simply because of his knowledge and insight into the game, his understanding for development of players and attractive, attacking philosophy to football. For me he is a role model. Ian Wright because I would love to hear how he made it from nothing to the very top at a late stage. He then progressed into TV roles. He’s done very well for himself. Also Marieanne Spacey, who is one of the best women footballers ever and now a top coach. She could really give me some good advice and add some variety to the table.
MY SPORTING LIFE