TWO football clubs are thrilled to receive a £1,200 grant to pay for professional training for all their coaches.
Winsford Over 3 Football Club and Winsford Community Disabled Football Group were awarded the funding by Winsford Town Council at a meeting on Monday.
Winsford dad Tony Mitchell who devotes his life to nurturing young footballers says it will make a big difference to many children.
The 43-year-old has officiated, managed and coached more than 800 players since he was 15, won countless awards and held various positions.
With drive and determination, he led teams at Winsford Youth Centre, Colts, Athletic, United, Diamonds, Over 3, Woodford and Davenham.
His latest team Winsford Community Disabled Football Club has given young players with a range of disabilities the chance to achieve goals on the pitch they never dreamed possible.

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Winsford Community Disabled Football Club has helped players to achieve goals they never dreamed possible

The grant will fund every coach and manager in both clubs to achieve FA coach level 1 standard.
"This will make a big difference.  It will enable the best experiences possible as well as build for the future of both clubs," said Tony, who had to give up work after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he was only 37. 
Yet he has never let his disability be a handicap.
"I use football and the support I get from the football family to help me fight against the illness I've got, " said Tony, who used to work in factories and warehouses.
Tony has been just been shortlisted for Cheshire FA Grassroots Coach of the Year 2020 in the youth category.
The joy of seeing youngsters thrive on the pitch fills him with a sense of pride.

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"Winsford Over 3 enters its 30th year and everyone who has been part of this phenomenal success since 1991 will agree that it has impacted on so many lives," he said.
"Winsford Community Disabled Football operate with the same coaches and the satisfaction it brings draws a tear to your eye.This is the best thing I have ever done in grassroots football.
"Starting up, getting the interest is the easy bit but in my opinion sustaining and prospering is something different."
Cllr Dave Edwards said: "Tony Mitchell has done a consistent amount of work for junior football in Winsford. This project is leading the way. It is very important that the community supports it."