A FIREFIGHTER has received an award for his work with young people that delivers safety messages through the medium of football.
Dave Amiet, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, who is project manager of the ‘Coaching for a Safer Community’ programme, was recently presented with the Barclays Community Sports Award.
The recognises individuals that use sport to benefit communities.
Dave and his team of coaches take football out to youngsters at schools and events across Hastings and the rest of East Sussex, and teams this up with life-saving safety advice.
Through the sessions the young people are given the tools and knowledge to be able to use assertiveness to resist unhelpful peer pressure and be aware of their personal qualities, achievements and potential.
Dave 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 we have made a difference.”
Former footballer and manager Gareth Southgate, lead judge on the awards panel, said: “David’s dedication is really inspiring.
“He has recognised the impact football can have on young people’s lives and has used the sport as a platform to communicate important messages.”