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Grassroots football coach collects national award at Wembley

Liam Dart receiving his award at Wembley

On Friday 12th October, grassroots football coach, Liam Dart, made his way to Wembley to attend The FA Community Awards, after he was named winner of the prestigious FA Coach of the Year Award in the annual grassroots football awards ceremony.

Liam recently attended the coach of the year assessment weekend at St George's Park, where he and seven regional winners were assessed by McDonald's Director of Coaching Eric Harrison, England U21s manager Stuart Pearce, England Legend Ray Wilkins and head of Grassroots Coaching at The Football Association, Les Howie. After a thorough assessment day the panel of judges highly commended Liam's session and selected him as this year's 2012 Coach of the Year.

Liam is a dedicated and talented coach, and has been coaching Launceston Ladies football team in Bodmin for the last six years. Every weekend without fail he attends matches, coaching sessions and team meetings, despite his busy work schedule.

Liam coaches all age groups at the club and, in addition to his club commitments, he coaches at the mini-football centre in Budehaven during the weekends and at the Friday Night Kick initiative. Friday Night Kick aims to provide free football coaching for children aged 11-18 to help keep them off the street whilst also encouraging participation in football.

Liam collected the award in front of football legends, including Sir Geoff Hurst and Pat Jennings, as well as getting the chance to watch England's World Cup 2014 Qualifying match against San Marino at Wembley Stadium.

Founded in 2010, The FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald's, recognise and celebrate those coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues, across England who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community.

As the FA's Community Partner and the nation's biggest supporter of grassroots football, McDonald's has once again partnered with The FA to promote the Community Awards.  Over the last ten years, McDonald's has helped drive the training and recruitment of over 20,000 coaches and aims to improve standards at grassroots level to help coaches and clubs play an even greater role in community football.
 
McDonald's Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, part of the judging panel, comments: "Liam embodies the spirit of a volunteer, his dedication to Launceston Ladies football club and ability he displays as a coach at such a young age is fantastic to see. I am looking forward to meeting Liam on Friday to express my congratulations on his award!"

To find out more about each of the winners go to www.thefa.com/yourgame