Feb 6 2014 by Rebecca Koncienzcy, Skelmersdale Advertiser
Skem Men-Aces’ ‘mini coach’ given community award
SAMANTHA EATON, from Darfield, Upholland, is the coach for The Skelmersdale Men-Aces – a football team for adults with learning difficulties.
Despite Sam being a teenager coaching grown men, with learning difficulties, aged 30-plus she has been described as dedicated and passionate for her club, and is a fantastic ambassador and role model for the young today.
Sam has attended multiple courses to be able to complete the activities and successfully works with team members, ensuring members feel comfortable communicating any issues they have with her. Members of the team she coaches, who call her “mini coach”, explained how she ensures everyone is always included and looks out for them as if they were her own family.
She also fundraises, spreads awareness and plans events to help the football team.
Sam also pays her grandparents, who live in Ormskirk, a visit three times a week and sits with her granddad, who is a stroke victim.
They explained how she is always filling them in on the news about the club and showing off photos and newspaper clippings of their latest activities or achievements.