Wednesday 27 February 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.
Amiet, a firefighter 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, Amiet has worked with over 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.
"It's all about getting young people playing, but staying safe"
Amiet founded C4SC after football became the topic of a lifesaving conversation he had as a firefighter with a young person seriously injured in a car accident. The programme has gone from strength to strength and has the support of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Alongside C4SC, Amiet 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 Under-16s football team, from where eight of the players have gained a place at the new Lewes Football Academy.
"I'm delighted to be presented with the Barclays Community Sports Award,"Amiet said. "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, 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.
"David has also made an exceptional contribution to both football and the community, by supporting many young people through their coaching qualifications.”
Each monthly winner receives £1,000 for their group or organisation, half of which will be spent on skills-based qualifications for members. 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.
"He has recognised the impact football can have on young peoples’ lives"
All monthly winners also receive a VIP trip to London in May to an exclusive lunch at the Haymarket Hotel, where the season-long winner will be announced and receive their award from 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. Southgate heads up the judging panel with representatives from Barclays, the Premier League, the Football Foundation and The Times.
To nominate a person, group or organisation for the Barclays Community Sports Award of the Month simply visit www.barclayscommunitysportsaward.com.
December David Amiet, founder of Coaching for a Safer Community, East Sussex
November Katee Hui, founder of Hackney Laces community football team for girls
October Dawn Whitmore-Kirby, for 32 years’ service to disabled horse riding
September Stephen Pullen MBE, for his 50 years’ service to British judo
More information on the winners here