An East Sussex firefighter has been honoured for his contribution to football and education.
David Amiet received The Barclays Community Sports Award for December in recognition of his role in the sport over three decades and how he has used it to help young people.
These monthly awards recognise the outstanding dedication to grassroots sport that are being made by individuals up and down the country.
David developed the project ‘Coaching for a Safer Community’ (C4SC), which combines football with fire and road safety messaging and runs in schools across Sussex.
Since 2006, David has worked with more than 80,000 young people and has helped 63 coaches achieve various levels of FA Coaching badges.
He has also extended the programme to disability groups, including wheelchair and blind football.
David founded C4SC after football became the topic of a life-saving conversation between the firefighter and a young person seriously injured in a car accident.
The programme has gone from strength to strength and now has the support of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Brighton and Hove Albion FC.
Alongside C4SC, David is an Academy goalkeeping coach, working with children aged 8-16 on a weekly basis. He also dedicates time each week to Lewes Bridge View JFC, where he trains and manages the U16s football team, and has successfully seen eight of the players gain a place at the new Lewes Football Academy.
David, Of Russell Row, Lewes, said: “I’m delighted to be presented with the Barclays Community Sports Award. It feels great to have the work we do on the ‘Coaching for a Safer Community’ programme recognised. It’s all about getting young people playing, but staying safe. The most important part of what we’re doing is saving lives and it makes it all the more rewarding knowing that we’ve made a difference.”
Former England player Gareth Southgate, lead judge on the Barclays Community Sports Awards Panel, said: “David’s dedication is really inspiring. He has recognised the impact football can have on young peoples’ lives and has used the sport as a platform to communicate important messages in a fun and engaging way.”
Monthly winners receive £1,000 for their group or organisation. Visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com
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