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Foundation Disability Coach Wins Prestigious Award

The Foundation’s Disability Football Development Officer, Reggie Dornan, won the Stan Calvert Award for coaching last night at the 38th Annual Sport Newcastle Awards dinner.

Annually, Sport Newcastle awards some of the region’s top sportsmen and women, unsung heroes throughout the community, and also rising stars of the future. This year, Reggie attended the dinner, hosted at the Civic Centre in Newcastle, with his fellow colleagues, whom all have played a part in his achievements.

He said:

“I am delighted to have won this prestigious Sport Newcastle award and to follow in the footsteps of some outstanding coaches who have won previously.”

Reggie started his playing career with Bangor FC in 1980, then went on to play for Ards FC in the Irish Premier League. During this time, the Irishman was appointed player/coach of Bangor reserves, progressing to become head coach at Dundela FC in the Irish League Division 1. This was then followed by a spell of coaching in New Jersey USA.

He currently holds an FA Advanced Coaching License (UEFA A) and an FA Disability level 2 coaching award.

Reggie joined Newcastle United Foundation in 2011 as Disability Football Development Officer. Within the Foundation, Reggie oversees ‘Football for All’ – the flagship disability project that makes football accessible to disabled people of all ages. The programme features in-school coaching, out of school coaching centres and an adult programme. Centres include wheelchair football, visually impaired football and cerebral palsy football.

In addition to his main job, he is also the current head coach of the Northern Ireland Deaf team.

Giles Sandercock, Football Development Officer at the Foundation spoke of Reggie’s achievement:

“We are incredibly proud of what Reggie has achieved over the years, and especially what he has brought to Newcastle United Foundation.

“His commitment to Football for All, and to the Foundation itself is admirable, and he is an invaluable member of our team.

“Reggie is a prominent figure in the North East within disability football, not only as a coach but also as a mentor and a role model.”

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