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SAFC Deaf manager named Coach of the Year

5 April 2018

Treble winning manager Scott Garthwaite is celebrating after scooping a prestigious prize at the North-East Disability Sports Awards (NEDSA) recently.

Scott was crowned Coach of the Year in March for his outstanding contribution to Sunderland Deaf AFC on and off the pitch during the 2016-17 season with the team winning the English Deaf League Northern League, League Cup and Challenge Cup in his first year.

His commitment and support extends to planning match travel and washing the kit alongside encouraging his players to develop their skills and fitness which has helped them receive international honours with the England and Scotland Deaf teams.

I couldn’t believe it when my name was read out. I feel very honoured to win the award, but this is also for the team as their commitments has been amazing.

Scott Garthwaite, Sunderland Deaf AFC Manager

Founded in 2013, Sunderland Deaf AFC is a community club aimed at giving deaf footballers in the region a platform to perform and enjoy the sport.

Over the years the team has gone from strength to strength, increasing in size and establishing a Futsal team. Through their partnership with Foundation of Light, the team have access to the charity’s expert coaches, receive assistance with fundraising and use of the SAFC brand.

Kevin Darke, Inclusion Coordinator at Foundation of Light, added: “Scott has done a fantastic job since taking over the team at Sunderland Deaf AFC and has continued to develop the squad and the Club, providing success both on and off the field.

“He is extremely dedicated to the club and goes the extra mile for the players on a weekly basis, which doesn’t go unnoticed. Well Done to Scott for this fantastic achievement.”

To find out more about Sunderland Deaf AFC including details on training sessions, email safcdeaf@live.com.

The Foundation offers a wide range of disability programmes to ensure young people and adults across the North East enjoy sport from specialist sports sessions to England Talent Days held in partnership with Durham FA designed to find future England internationals.

Scott was speaking to the Sunderland Echo.

For more information on Foundation of Light’s disability coaching programmes, contact Kevin Darke on 0191 5515191 or email kevin.darke@foundationoflight.co.uk.

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