FDFC Coach Roanna Simmons wins Coach of the Year Award!

by / Friday, 03 December 2010 / Published in FDFC News

Ladies and FDFC Youth Co-ordinator Roanna Simmons won the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Coach of the Year award, at the inaugural Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Awards 2010 which was host at Wembley Stadium.

Roanna was recognised at the awards for being the first deaf Women to gain the FA Level 3 UEFA B Coaching Licence, and also for the part that she played in FDFC Ladies success in winning an amazing treble last year.

Fulham DFC Ladies missed out on the team of the year award, losing to the  Deaflympics gold medal winning tennis mixed doubles pair Anthony Sinclair and Catherine Graham. 

Quote from FDFC Chairman Nick Beese:

‘Big congratulations must go to Roanna Simmons on winning the Coach of the Year Award, she has done everyone at the Fulham Deaf Football Club very proud with her success and immense passion for coaching.  We are blessed to have Roanna working with us both with the ladies squad and last year with the youth squad, as with being first deaf Women to gain the FA Level 3 UEFA B Coaching Licence she is an inspiration to many deaf footballers men and women.  It is also great to see that the hard work Roanna and Ladies Manager Ryan Pendley have put into the ladies squad, leading them to make deaf football history by winning the treble has been recognised nationally.’

Everyone at Fulham DFC had an amazing night at the awards, which was an amazing night for deaf sports where many others got recognised for their success or behind the scenes work.  The winner of the Deaf Sports Personality Award 2010 went to badminton player Rajeev Bagga.  The lifetime achievement award went to Great Britain Deaf Football legend Chris Gwynn.

Thanks to the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year committee for making the awards happen, everyone at Fulham DFC looks forwards to the next event!

(Main photo: Roanna Simmons with the Coach of the Year Award)

FDFC Ladies soak in the atmosphere

DSPY Organisers Richard Weinbaum and Jackie Harrison kick off the awards

FDFC Ladies Lydia Docker and Manager Ryan Pendley look on

GB Football Legend Chris Gwynn is presented with the lifetime achievement award

Rajeev Bagga with the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Award 2010

Thanks to the Deaf Sports Personality of the Year Organisors for supplying these photos.

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