Jake Coles sat on a bench in a smart navy blue suit with his companion guide dog Jeffers sat next to him.
Each Thursday we want to put the spotlight on a person involved with goalball – from players, officials, coaches, or anyone!

This week we caught up with Jake Coles!

What club do you play for or coach?

I play for Nottinghamshire Sheriffs.

Nottinghamshire Sheriffs novice team all stood on court with hands in the air after winning bronze!

How did you discover goalball?

I discovered goalball when I went to New College Worcester. I had previously been a keen sportsman but when I lost my sight, I thought that I wouldn’t be able to play sports again. Then I encountered goalball and immediately loved it and I have never turned back.

Is there a particular song, artist or genre that you listen to before a tournament to get in the mood? Or anything you’re loving at the moment?

My taste in music is quite a niche! I love progressive metal, and a band called Dream Theater, so any song by them really. I also love a bit of Fatboy Slim – ‘Right Here Right Now’ – to get me in the mood.

Do you have any pre-game superstitions or rituals?

I like to make sure that my pads are in place and love a good warm-up. Then a bellow of “Come on Sheriffs” and I’m usually about ready to go!

Flash from the past with Jake Coles sat in centre of court wearing a white cloth shirt.

Do you have a favourite post-match meal?

I know that this goes against any form of healthy eating but after any tournament, I and my teammates like to go to the nearest fast-food restaurant available, so for me, it has to be a Chicken Royale from Burger King.

Which goalball player do you admire the most and why?

After watching the most recent European Championships on YouTube, I have great admiration for Joe Roper. I love how great he is defensively and, as a centre myself, I aspire to be as good as him one day.

Nottinghamshire Sheriffs novice team photo with left to right, Jake, Kirsty, Harry, Max, Harry B, and Tallula.

Outside of goalball, what other hobbies/sports do you do?

I like keeping active. I love going to the gym and walking with my guide dog Jeffers.

Finally, what place, anywhere in the world, is on your bucket list to visit and why?

I love a good beach holiday so anywhere with a bright white beach will do me perfectly – Greece, Bali, the Maldives, the Canary Islands, etc. The list is endless really but I must admit I’m a little bit of a romantic, so I would love to go to Paris at some point as well.

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