AN ENTHUSIASTIC coach from Goldsworth Park has been named Surrey FA’s Coach of the Year.
Rob Davies, 24, was recognised after three years hard work at Knaphill Athletic, where he coaches the under-12 setup while providing goalkeeping expertise to the club’s senior side.
“I prefer coaching the kids because the adults give you more backchat,” he joked after the presentation ceremony at Imber Court on Thursday, adding: “I’m chuffed to have won it but was oblivious to the award. I was nominated by someone down at the club a long time ago and forgot about it. Then it came out of nowhere and I’d won.”
Rob got to meet icon Martin Tyler, one of the most famous voices in sports commentary, at the presentation: a night when more than 100 supporters of Surrey football came out to recognise individuals and clubs for their service and outstanding contribution.
“We had a brief chat and I told him what exactly it is that I do and he congratulated me,” explained Rob. “It’s only when he started talking that I realised who he was!”
But the former Woking district shot stopper, who has just finished a Qualified Level 2 Goalkeeping Course, says the beautiful game is very much just a hobby. He added: “I’m now looking at entering some youth modules as I am told they are very good and it would be nice to move into academy coaching at some point – but it is more of a hobby than anything else. I’m coaching nearly every day at the moment but I enjoy what I do.”
Elsewhere on the night AFC Brooklands picked up two prizes – the Charter Standard Development Club of the Year Award, with coach Matt Taylor getting the nod for Young Volunteer of the Year.