I ditched City career to teach kids sport

Basildon Recorder: David Ascott – gave up a high-flying City job to teach sport to children David Ascott – gave up a high-flying City job to teach sport to children

A SPORT-loving dad is happier than ever after trading in his £90,000-a-year City job for a basic wage teaching youngsters how to play dodgeball David Ascott turned his back on his 20-year -career in London after becoming disillusioned with working for some of the capital’s biggest banks and financial firms.

Dad-of-one David, 41, has now started up his own business, called Enjoy-a-ball, where he holds weekly sporting sessions for children.

David, of Greens Farm Lane, Billericay , whose daughter Isabella is five, said he was alarmed at the lack of sporting clubs for youngsters.

He said: “I looked around and just couldn’t find that many things for children, especially those of a pre-school age.

“I am passionate about kids getting into sport. It’s something our country really needs to be focusing on, especially in the wake of the Olympics.

“I’ve already seen a surge in interest from parents wanting to get their children involved in sport since the Games and I reckon there will be more.

“My classes are about having fun and keeping fit, but it’s also about teaching youngsters ball control and discipline.”

David holds about five classes a week at Rose Hall, in Chapel Street, Billericay. The three to nine-year-olds who go can take part in 12 different ball games, including football, cricket, volleyball, handball and dodgeball.

David, who used to work as a compensation and bonus specialist in the City, added: “When I think back to my life up there, it makes me realise how unhappy and stressed out I was.”

l For more details about the sessions, contact David on 07713 628725.

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10:26am Sun 9 Sep 12

EastStBoy says...

That life in the city that he was unhappy and stressed out on was no doubt responsible for his financial state that allowed him to throw it all in.

I respect him for doing good with his time now, but not everyone can just ditch their established job - we all have bills to pay.
That life in the city that he was unhappy and stressed out on was no doubt responsible for his financial state that allowed him to throw it all in. I respect him for doing good with his time now, but not everyone can just ditch their established job - we all have bills to pay. EastStBoy
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11:54pm Sun 9 Sep 12

boom says...

Pleased to see boyracers earlier comment removed.

Best of luck to David, hope he's very happy with the change of lifestyle
Pleased to see boyracers earlier comment removed. Best of luck to David, hope he's very happy with the change of lifestyle boom
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8:40am Mon 10 Sep 12

AndyBSG says...

EastStBoy wrote:
That life in the city that he was unhappy and stressed out on was no doubt responsible for his financial state that allowed him to throw it all in.

I respect him for doing good with his time now, but not everyone can just ditch their established job - we all have bills to pay.
That's why people work hard and apply themselves at school and in their career, so they can get in a position where their financial freedom is secured.

Much more enjoyable to read a story about someone who has worked hard to get where he is than the countless stories on here from people moaning about how their benefits and tax payer funded freebies are being cut back!
[quote][p][bold]EastStBoy[/bold] wrote: That life in the city that he was unhappy and stressed out on was no doubt responsible for his financial state that allowed him to throw it all in. I respect him for doing good with his time now, but not everyone can just ditch their established job - we all have bills to pay.[/p][/quote]That's why people work hard and apply themselves at school and in their career, so they can get in a position where their financial freedom is secured. Much more enjoyable to read a story about someone who has worked hard to get where he is than the countless stories on here from people moaning about how their benefits and tax payer funded freebies are being cut back! AndyBSG
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9:14am Mon 10 Sep 12

beyond the valley of the asbos says...

give it 6 months and he'll be pining for that 90 grand salary
give it 6 months and he'll be pining for that 90 grand salary beyond the valley of the asbos
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1:08pm Mon 10 Sep 12

gileslloyd says...

Anyone who wants to get more involved in dodgeball, check out the Dodgeball social network www.i-dodge.com
Anyone who wants to get more involved in dodgeball, check out the Dodgeball social network www.i-dodge.com gileslloyd
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