Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'One of Grangetown's Greatest-Ever Heroes' FOOTBALL COACH RECEIVES AWARD FOR EFFORTS TO HELP COMMUNITY

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'One of Grangetown's Greatest-Ever Heroes' FOOTBALL COACH RECEIVES AWARD FOR EFFORTS TO HELP COMMUNITY

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Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@reachplc.com @Daverobson_gaz

HE'S helped coach thousands of junior footballers for more than 40 years - but Dave Saunders still gets a kick out of helping the community.

Now the 54-year-old Eston dad has been honoured for the decades of tireless work he has done for the people of Grangetown and the surrounding area. And it's fair to say he was stunned by the honour when Andrew Rowe, from Wynyard accountancy firm Baldwins, took to the pitch to make the special "Teesside Hero" presentation on behalf of Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, the charity behind the awards.

To be privilege to give so the "It was a complete surprise, I was absolutely stunned," said Dave, who is married with two stepchildren.

Football Dave "I've been involved in grassroots football for 42 years and have seen thousands of youngsters come through the teams at Grangetown.

"I got involved at the age of 13 when I set up the junior section back in 1978 and it has just continued and continued from there.

"I love it. At the end of the day, it is great to see young footballers get inspired. One of the biggest things is getting them involved and keeping them off the streets.

"To be honest, it is a privilege to be able to give so much back to the community. You don't realise how much people haven't got until you get involved."

Dave has been coaching youngsters and running football teams at Grangetown for the past 42 years, supporting, mentoring and inspiring thousands of kids both on the field and off it.

Once a year, he organises Dave's Charity Trophy in memory of his 26-year-old stepson Craig, who collapsed and died at home 10 years ago after inhaling food into his lungs.

honest, it's a be able to back to community.

D e t e r-mined something good could come from tragedy, his heartbroken family arranged a football family fun day for good causes - coach Saunders - and the event continues to raise thousands of pounds for local causes. …

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