David Amiet of East Sussex Fire & Resue and Lewes Bridgeview Junior FC has been honoured with Sussex County FA Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award, as part of The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonalds.
Dave, 50, was presented with his award by FA Council Member, Tony Kybett, at a recent awards evening staged at the Sussex County FA.
Dave has been dedicated to football for three decades, in the past he has built clubhouses, organised numerous charity football matches for adults and children’s football tournaments. He managed his son’s team from under-8s to under-16s with a view to coach and develop the boys to get into Lewes Football Academy.
He was player/manager with East Sussex Fire & Rescue football team for nine years, and Goalkeeper Coach for the Fire Service’s England team before standing down and concentrating on a new fire service project.
Six years ago after he attended a fatal car crash where a young lad was seriously injured, Dave decided he wanted to do more to reduce fatalities and injuries in his community and devised ‘Coaching For A Safer Community’ project, which teaches children, young people and their peers to be safe by using the medium of football.
Dave has assisted sixty Fire Service coaches in both East & West Sussex to gain coaching qualifications and delivered sessions to over eighty thousand children, young people and their peers to lead a safer life. Through the project and its partnership with Brighton & Hove Albion FC,
Dave has established himself as a Brighton & Hove Albion FC Academy Goalkeeper Coach and has coached their under-8s to under-18s but now looks after the under-12s to under-14s age groups coaching three nights a week and Saturday mornings to help the players develop and learn.
Despite all the hours he commits he always has time for his family, and even when tired Dave will still take his son down the park for a kick about to help improve him and get him into further education.
The award winners, who have been recognised for their commitment to grassroots football, were selected by a panel of Sussex County FA representatives following a seven week public nomination period.
Keveena Mosen, Sussex County FA Football Development Officer said: “The grassroots awards are a chance for us to recognise those volunteers, coaches and clubs that sacrifice so much throughout the year and say thank you to them.
Without them we wouldn’t have safe and structured environments where youngsters can develop their footballing talent.
We are delighted that The FA and McDonald’s have provided us the opportunity to recognise them through The FA Community Awards and we wish them all the best.”
Your chance to nominate your grassroots football heroes for The FA Community Awards 2014, will open early next year, please contact the Sussex County FA for further details via Development@SussexFA.com or keep an eye on www.SussexFA.com.