Date published: 29/01/2013
The Barclays Community Sports Award for December 2012 has been awarded to David Amiet, for his contribution to football over three decades and the dedication he has shown towards educating young people through sport. These monthly awards recognise the outstanding contributions to grassroots sport that are being made by individuals up and down the country.
David, a fire fighter in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, 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 over 80,000 young people and has helped 63 coaches achieve various levels of FA Coaching badges. David has also extended the programme to disability groups, including wheelchair and blind football.
David founded C4SC after football became the topic of a lifesaving conversation between himself and a young person seriously injured in a car accident, during his career as a fire fighter. The programme has gone from strength to strength and now has the support of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.
Alongside C4SC, David is a Academy goalkeeper 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 U16’s football team, and has successfully eight of the players gain a place at the new Lewes Football Academy.
Speaking about the award, David comments: "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 that we've made a difference.”
Gareth Southgate, lead judge on the Barclays Community Sports Awards Panel, on presenting the award commented: “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.
David has also made an exceptional contribution to both football and the community, by supporting many young people through their coaching qualifications. It’s important to recognise those doing so much for their communities, so I would urge people to nominate deserving candidates for the Barclays Community Sports Awards.”
Monthly winners receive £1,000 for their group or organisation; David is using this to support two more young people through the FA Coaching Level Two and Youth Module. The winner also receives a limited edition trophy and is entered into the end of season award to win a further £5,000, donated by Barclays Spaces for Sports. The end of season award winner then receives a VIP trip to London to receive their award from Gareth Southgate.
The Barclays Community Sports Awards are delivered in partnership between Barclays Spaces for Sports, the Premier League’s Creating Chances programme and the Football Foundation.
To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Month simply visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com