Portsmouth-based student football coach wins national award

AWARD Bruce Suraci
AWARD Bruce Suraci
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A UNIVERSITY of Portsmouth student has won a national award for spending more than 1,000 hours coaching football in his free time.

Bruce Suraci was selected by the Football Association and British Universities and Colleges Sport for his contribution to the game over the last three years.

The 21-year-old volunteered the equivalent of 25 weeks of full-time work coaching men and women’s football at his university as well as children’s football in the community while studying for his degree in sport and exercise science.

Bruce said: ‘I’m so pleased to win this award. It’s great to have your hard work recognised but really the reward is in the work itself. I gain a huge amount from coaching and I thoroughly enjoy doing it. I’ve always thought it’s important to be motivated, to have aspirations and to constantly do the best you can. I hope to become a professional football coach one day – a job I would love.’

Paul Tilley, head of sport and recreation, said: ‘We are incredibly proud of Bruce’s achievement.’