Published on: 8 July 2021

Promoting respect

Stephen Hunt, a disability football coach for over 20 years from Merseyside, is the Nationwide Mutual Respect Award winner for May.

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

‘Ste’, who has Spina Bifida, is 50 years old and a player and coach for FC PHAB in Liverpool.


The judging panel recognised Ste for his “tireless work” promoting respect. Both as a player and a coach in disability football.

Ste is disabled and his condition is called Spina Bifida. He’s been involved with disability football for 21 years.

He has played for Everton, Walton FC, Tranmere and Liverpool FC Foundation Ability Counts teams. He’s been a coach since 2001 and has FA level 1 and 2 badges, plus a Coaching Disabled Footballers award.

Ste has also volunteered for Greenbank Sports Academy, Liverpool County FA, LFC Foundation and PHAB Liverpool.


Ste said: “I have always had a passion for football and Disability Football. I'm a Liverpool fan, and I have been going to home matches since I can remember.

“I have coached FC PHAB since 2015. It's an honour to work and play with my fellow coaches and players. Thanks to Phil Peel, Steve Sullivan, Mark Horlick, Sophie Coyne and Terri Ritchie for their support over the years.”

Ste plays in the Merseyside Day Centre league and tournaments and friendlies across Merseyside.

“I always tell my players before each game to enjoy the match, respect the opposition players and the officials,” he said.

“Thank you very much to The FA and Nationwide for this fantastic award – I am overjoyed.”

Ste receives a trophy and tickets to an upcoming England game.


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

Every month, you can nominate someone from your football club who has gone above and beyond to promote respect on or off the pitch.

The target is to engage with one million parents and coaches in The FA Respect Campaign as part of our three-year partnership.

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