Guyanese football coach receives prestigious accolade for football diligence
Peter Barry may have migrated to the United Kingdom but his heart is still in Guyana. The young coach recently departed these shores after a scouting mission to identify possible talent for scholarships in his new hometown.
The efforts of this young football administrator has earned him many accolades in the past and more recently he has scored another first after he was among a number of local sports people that were honoured at the 5th PRO-ACTIVE London Awards for Sport & Physical Activity. The Awards, sponsored by GLL, are the only regional awards which celebrate the contribution of thousands of people, the majority of whom are volunteers, and who make it possible for so many people to take part.
A report out of the South London News dubs Barry, who resides in the Borough of Croyden, as committed and tireless in his dedication to coaching even before he became a qualified coach. The hard working coach has been described as diligent and committed to football coach and since 2000, has been coaching football for the benefit of young players in New Addington with no financial assistance or support from anyone. “Peter has helped numerous young people to achieve high standards many of whom have played at semi-professional level, his most notable player being Sean Scannell currently a professional footballer at Crystal Palace FC,” read the report.
In addition, Peter is a member of the Youth Offending Team at Croydon Council and uses football as a tool to engage with young people with varying challenges. The Guyanese has been accredited with a simple philosophy of impartiality, demonstrating utmost respect even where it is not reciprocated.
Barry said that he is humbled by the chivalry extended by PRO-ACTIVE South London, an entity that has funded his Level 1 and 2 Football Coaching programme. The young coach is the founder of Solidrock Academy and over the years has aided in the qualification of numerous volunteers who eventually progressed to become Level 1 coaches. The young Guyanese is continuing his good works in Croydon schools and organises competitive football matches utilizing his personal funds.