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Phil Mullen named Irwin Mitchell coach of the year at the Cambridge United Community Trust Sport in the Community Awards




Ben Szreter, U’s head coach Colin Calderwood, Phil Mullen, and Irwin Mitchell’s Gurpreet Lalli and Alexander Davenport. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9601659)
Ben Szreter, U’s head coach Colin Calderwood, Phil Mullen, and Irwin Mitchell’s Gurpreet Lalli and Alexander Davenport. Picture: Keith Heppell. (9601659)

Phil Mullen was shocked at being named coach of the year.

He had thought he was invited to the event as a member of the community trust, but the strength and volume of nominations meant that he was there as the winner.

Phil teaches people with disabilities of all ages, and has been described as “the disabled champion”, and an inspiration to encourage individuals to become coaches themselves.

“It’s a huge surprise and absolutely brilliant – thrilled, fantastic,” said Phil, as he described his emotions on winning.

“They’ve got one over on me, I wasn’t expecting it. I was too busy working and doing what I do that I didn’t get much chance to research into the awards.”

The football sessions Phil helps provide include ambulant cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, blind and visually impaired, deaf and hearing impaired, frame, powerchair, amputee and manual wheelchair.

“I love what I do, it’s great,” he said. “I think the award should go to the parents and carers that bring the participants to play and that look after the participants - they’re the ones that do the hard work.

“I just play fun games with them and encourage them and see them grow.

“Without the support of the Community Trust it’s not something that I would be able to do as an individual so a huge thanks must go back to the trust as well.”

He added: “There’s a lot that happens in the background, and I’m just lucky enough to be the one at the front that can deliver and see the rewards.”



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