18 March 2021

Mutual Respect Award winner: January

Congratulations to Dan Weston, junior football coach for Peacehaven and Telscombe FC in Sussex. The first Nationwide Mutual Respect Award winner.

The award recognises outstanding contributions, achievements and behaviour in grassroots football by young players under 18, coaches, teams, parents and referees.

Keeping spirits high

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.

Dan Weston, winner of Nationwide Mutual Respect Award for January

'Challenging times'

When Dan, 36, was given his award, he said: "It is an absolute thrill to win. I will share it with all the people at our junior football club.

"Community football clubs have never been more important to bring people together and help each other through these challenging times."

Dan also wins tickets to an upcoming England game - once fans are allowed back into stadiums. The nominator for Dan’s award will receive a signed England shirt.

The Mutual Respect Award is part of our partnership with The Football Association's Respect campaign. It aims to help make grassroots football more respectful and positive.

Every month, you can nominate a member of your grassroots football club who has gone above and beyond to promote respect on or off the pitch. Visit our Facebook page to make a nomination. Competition terms and conditions

Nationwide’s target is to engage with one million parents and coaches in the FA Respect campaign as a part of their three-year partnership.

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