In his nomination, our first winner Dan was praised for his "commitment" to the wellbeing and development of children in the community:
"Dan has been coaching the children from a young age and has a 100% commitment to their football development. Alongside other aspects like wellbeing and social skills.
"During the lockdowns, he has done all training via Zoom with the children. Setting twice-weekly challenges, helping their mental and physical wellbeing."
Once a week, Dan awards one player "Zoom trainer of the week" and leaves a trophy on their doorstep. This has kept the children's spirits high during an awful time.
"In our area, a lot of children and families rely on free school meals. During the holidays, Dan has collected food and supplied the area with food parcels and hot lunches from the club's kitchen."
Dan also runs Peacehaven Boot Locker, where he collects second-hand football boots and equipment. This gives struggling families access to items they can't afford to buy brand new. He also gives a lot of his free time to the football club for other community events.