Grassroots Coach of the Year (Adult team)
Farouk Menia, AFC Phoenix/Dulwich Hamlet FC Women’s Team, London FA
Farouk Menia was an exceptional man. A humble immigrant from Tunisia, he came to the UK with few possessions. His selfless ambition was to take the opportunities that he hoped his new life would present him and work hard to make enough money to support his family back home. But there was something else about this remarkable man: he lived and breathed football.
Soon after arriving in the UK, Farouk became the coach of AFC Phoenix, a women’s team that would eventually merge with Dulwich Hamlet during his 7 year tenure. Football was Farouk’s lifeline. Despite battling cancer over recent years, he continued to coach and encourage, often in the rain and freezing cold. Sadly, just prior to lockdown and in the middle of the season, Farouk Menia passed away.
He will be forever remembered for all he gave to the club and its players, many of whom, after long breaks or injury, fell back in love with football again thanks to him.