Savage Sports – Sports Coaching and Triathlon Club
Former Commonwealth Triathlete Dave Savage turned his skill and passion for the sport into a successful sports-coaching business in September 2012, with support from Enterprise First.
After 20 years of involvement in Triathlons, and having competed at the highest level, the time was right for Dave to draw on his experience to offer specialised coaching for swimmers, cyclists, runners, duathletes and triathletes – and so, Savage Sports was created. Based in Southampton, the business caters for all athletic abilities, and the experienced and qualified coaches help customers reach their sporting potential. Alongside Savage Sports, Dave created the Savage Triathlon club that brings together like minded people, in both training and social environments, to share stories, develop friendships and improve fitness. The Savage Triathlon club is proudly affiliated with Triathlon England.
Dave found out about Enterprise First through the job centre; he was then put in contact with Andy Pringle – Enterprise First’s Business Adviser Manager based in the Southampton area. When asked about the support, and what he found most beneficial, Dave said: “The consultations with Andy Pringle were helpful and I enjoyed knowing I had his advice at the end of the phone.” The support helped to highlight Dave’s strengths and weaknesses and made him realise that he could do it; he just needed the advice and support from Andy to give him the final push.
Since starting up Savage Sports in 2012, Dave has been enjoying the benefits of running his own business. Dave said: “The highs have been job satisfaction, applying my strengths, meeting new people and being the master of my own destiny.” Savage Sports, and The Savage Triathlon club, will continue to grow in the future with plans to develop a testing and training centre as well as franchise the Triathlon Club across the Country to become the first National Triathlon Club. Speaking about future goals, Dave said: “I haven’t pigeon-holed the business which leaves huge room for diversity and expansion.”