A Rugby Town JFC coach has been awarded the Regional Coach of the Year by the Football Association.
Dave Roache, who is head coach at the club will now go forward to the National Awards in front of Trevor Brooking, Ray Wilkins and the England U21 Manager Stuart Pearce.
Dave said: “I am thrilled. I had a letter from the County saying I had won their award, then a week later I received another saying I had won the Regional award and I was put forward for the final assessment in Nottingham.
“The award is not just for me, it’s good for the club to get the recognition for everything we do.”
Dave, who has been involved at Rugby Town JFC for 14 years, now has to complete a 35-minute coaching session in front of Ray Wilkins and Stuart Pearce and will then be interviewed by them at Nottingham Forest Academy on July 9-10.
Tim Proudlock Chairman of Rugby Town JFC said: “We are all delighted by Dave’s success. He fully deserves it as he has masterminded the coaching and the development of the coaches at the club.
“He searches the world looking for new ideas and schemes which enhances the clubs coaching structure, making coaching fun and most of all helping to develop younger players to become better footballers.
“He also sits on various football steering group and committees, making sure the football club are involved in Community schemes. We wish him luck in Nottingham.”
Dave’s projects at Rugby Town JFC include a goalkeeping school for players aged 7-16 from all clubs to attend; a skills school, which enhances basic footballing skills for 6-11 year-olds with external coaches; Young Leaders scheme, in association with the Birmingham FA, which encourages volunteering and involves mainly 14-16 year-olds. The club currently has 28 young volunteers registered on it and hopes some will qualify as FA Level 3 referees before they are 20.
The club has also been working with four apprentices from a local college, helping them through coaching schemes; and every year they bring about 20 new young referees into the game.
Dave also represents Rugby Town JFC with the Rugby Area Network, for all the voluntary services.
If all that doesn’t take up enough of his time, he helps organise charity and sponsored events at the club and the Tesco skills programme which provides free coaching days.