Steven Knight shortlisted for Coach of the Year 2017

We are very pleased and proud to announce that one of our coaches, Steven Knight, was shortlisted for the Express and Echo Sports Awards “Coach of the Year” award.

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated fantastic leadership within their chosen sport. This person has determination and drive that is infectious, They are someone who has worked tirelessly to achieve success.

Steve was coaching our Under 7’s which was in his first year of coaching, so it’s fantastic to achieve this nomination so early in his career. It just proves how successful the West Exe Youth Football Club pathway is for a child’s development, that parents and carers want to make a noise about it.

The Awards ceremony were held at St James Park, Exeter on Wednesday April 26th 2017, and was hosted by Mark Tyler, former ITV West Country Sports presenter, with Special Guest Speaker Sara Cox, the first female referee to join the RFU Professional Game Match Officials Team, and also officiated at the Rio Olympics 2016.

Thank you to all those who voted.


Image used: “Orkla Awards” (CC BY 2.0) by Orkla

Devon FA Football Awards

On the evening of Thursday 2nd June, at Exeter Racecourse, representatives from our club attended the new Devon FA Football Awards, an amalgamation of the Devon FA Community Awards and the Throgmorton Referee awards.

The Devon FA Football Awards, hosted this year by BBC Spotlight’s David Fitzgerald, recognise and reward grassroots referees, coaches, clubs, leagues and their volunteers from across Devon with several awards on the night including Charter Standard Club, Development Club and Community Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Referee of the Year.

We are very proud to announce that our head coach, Simon Partridge, was awarded Volunteer of the Year, due in no small part to the incredible amount of work he put in to make our recent FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day such a success.

Simon in the Soak the Coach stand at our FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day, 22nd May 2016
Simon in the “Soak the Coach” event at our FORCE and CLIC Sargent Charity Day, 22nd May 2016

Not only that, but West Exe were voted Highly Commended Charter Standard Development Club of the Year.

Following Simon’s presentation a collection was made to add to the funds collected so far from the charity day. A total of £350 was raised from donations by those present!

Congratulations to Simon, and also to every one of you who has contributed to making this such a fantastic club.

The FA Community Awards and grassroots football

The FA Community Awards presented by McDonald’s offer a chance to all those involved in grassroots football to shout about the person, or team of people that have made a real difference to their experience whilst playing or just being involved in the beautiful game.

Winners are awarded at a local, regional and national level so there’s plenty of opportunity for grassroots football heroes across the country to be recognised.

I think the grassroots level is more important than any academy in the world.

Dietmar Hamann

If you’d like to read more, and even nominate your club, your league or an individual, you can do so on the FA’s website.

How important is grassroots football?

Well, this is what Dietmar Hamann, who made made 59 appearances for Germany between 1997 and 2005, had to say recently:

Speaking on The Business of Sport podcast he also raised his concerns over young children moving away from grassroots football too soon:

At times, there’s kids getting taken into academies,10 years old, and they get released when they’re 12 or 13 and their dream is wrecked, when they may have been better off staying where they were, keep playing grassroots football and enjoying the game until they are 15 or 16, which I did do.

Dietmar Hamann

You can listen to what else Dietmar had to say on The Business of Sport podcast using the player below:

Devon Sports Awards

Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards

Nominations are now open for the prestigious Exeter Foundation Devon Sports Awards in association with Active Devon.

The categories for nominations this year are as follows:

  1. Community Sport Performer of the Year
  2. Devon Young Coach of the Year
  3. Devon Coach of the Year
  4. Devon Volunteer of the Year
  5. Devon Young Volunteer of the Year
  6. Contribution to Inclusive Sport
  7. Devon Club of the Year

The closing date for nominations is 31st January, so there’s not much time. All finalists will be invited along to Sandy Park for a glamorous evening event with a sit down meal on 13th May 2016.

The nomination form is linked from the Active Devon website, or can be sent as a google doc: