Derbyshire Coach Wins National Award!

A Derbyshire County FA grassroots hero will be heading to Wembley to collect their National FA Community Award.

Local grassroots hero Ben Mills, from Glossop North End Juniors AFC, has been named FA Coach of the Year! Ben will be attending the National FA Community Awards ceremony, presented by McDonalds at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 6th August to collect his National Coach of the Year Award prior to the start of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea, which promises to be a fantastic curtain raiser for what will be an exciting season.

The Winner’s Story – Ben Mills

Ben is a coach who leads by example. He sits as Co-Chair of our Football Development Committee and acts as a Mentor to our U10-U13 age groups – consisting of 9 teams. Ben delivers elements of the Club’s Mission statement and coaching philosophy in every training session. They are always well planned and delivered, encouraging creative and imaginative football. The sessions are undertaken in six week blocks, working on various themes, all inspired by the FA “4 Corners Model”, best practice and FA LCC. Ben sticks to these philosophies and the results for his teams have borne fruit. He is a superb communicator and motivator, mixing fun and development to create success for his players and teams. His strap line is #bethebestyoucanbe encouraging players to play at the highest level they can, internally or externally.

Ben manages our U12 age group and coaches our U9 Girls alongside Dave Rowlinson. Ben introduced “Futsal Friday” in 2016, which was a new initiative at U10-U12 age groups every Friday night. Consisting of training initially and utilising the skills of a former Glossop Junior who plays for Manchester Futsal, the sessions have increased in popularity, with 18-20 attending weekly. Ben travels back from London every Friday straight to these sessions. This group of boys have since played a number of professional futsal teams and the results have been spectacular.

Ben is unbelievably committed to Glossop Juniors, he sits on our committee and is the club’s PR coordinator overseeing social media usage, website submissions and newspaper reports. Ben also undertook a sponsored walk with his U12 team, raising over £1,000 for Glossop North End Juniors AFC and £600 for Reuben’s Retreat. Ben is also a huge advocate of the coaches personal development, backed up with him personally completing all three FA Youth Modules and his FA Level 2 from 2015-2017. - Glossop North End Juniors AFC Chairman, Dave Rowlinson.

Liam Rooney, Derbyshire County FA Football Development Manager, “It is fantastic that Ben has won this prestigious National Award. To be named National Coach of the Year is a remarkable achievement considering the thousands of fantastic coaches we have across the Country. The last six months have been unbelievable for Ben, firstly being nominated, then being the Derbyshire County FA Winner, Regional Winner and finally being named National Winner. Everyone at Derbyshire County FA is extremely proud of Ben’s achievement and it could not have gone to a more deserving person. The amount of time that Ben dedicates to grassroots in Derbyshire is second to none and we are extremely pleased that Ben has been recognised for this.”