A care home worker has been celebrated for his “rewarding” work coaching disabled football teams as part of this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards.

Lamin Faal, 50, was presented with the South East Unsung Hero award for his work coaching at Seaford Town Football Club.

The stepfather of two called the reward “amazing” and said he was looking forward to heading to Salford for the awards ceremony where he will be up for the national prize.

Lamin, a former goalkeeper and Gambian international, said: “It’s amazing, I couldn’t believe it.

“I find it really rewarding, it’s really nice for the kids to play for the team and it makes a positive difference.

The Argus: Lamin with his awardLamin with his award (Image: Lamin Faal)

“I’m even thinking about winning it [the national Unsung Hero Award], I’m just looking forward to the occasion.”

Lamin, who works at the Abundant Grace care home in Firle Road, Seaford, began coaching after a hand injury ended his goalkeeping career.

Since then he has coached the disability teams at Seaford and now heads up the Under 12 and Under 16 and adult teams.


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He described moments where he has coached teams on Saturday and Sunday before starting a 12 hours shift on Monday but called the work “really rewarding”.

Lamin was surprised with the South East award at work with South Coast Nursing Homes saying they “couldn’t be prouder of this popular member of our team”.

Lamin is one of the coaches the All Inclusive (AI) teams.

The AI teams were set up for children who have a registered/recognised disability (physical or mental) or are struggling to access mainstream football. It provides a low-pressure environment to access football, meet new friends, gain confidence, have fun and be part of a club team.

Michael Greve, youth team chairman for Seaford Town, said: "Lamin is a lovely guy who will go above and beyond to help those in need.

The Argus: Lamin, centre, with his awardLamin, centre, with his award (Image: Lamin Faal)

"If only there were more Lamin's in the world. He is so friendly and works incredibly hard for Seaford Town FC.

"Everyone at the club is so proud of Lamin, he genuinely deserves this recognition and we all hope he wins the national award."

Lamin will now be nominated for the national Unsung Hero award and will attend the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards Ceremony in Salford.

The award winners will be announced on December 19.