Teenager nets award for helping with police football project in Rotherham

Sport FX SY FA coach Gary Waller, police cadet David Maco and Police Community Support Officer Sean Helders who have all been recognised by Chief Supt Jason Harwin
Sport FX SY FA coach Gary Waller, police cadet David Maco and Police Community Support Officer Sean Helders who have all been recognised by Chief Supt Jason Harwin
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A teenager has proved himself as top of the league at helping young people mix through sport.

Police cadet David Maco, aged 17, is a volunteer with the Sport FX South Yorkshire football sessions held at Clifton Community School every Friday night.

David, who lives in Eastwood, first got involved when he moved to the UK from Slovakia in 2009 and went along to play football at the South Yorkshire Police-run project.

The former Winterhill School pupil enjoyed it so much that he decided to become a police cadet and help out at the sessions, which are attended by scores of youngsters each week and funded by the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA and South Yorkshire Sport.

He said: “I am very proud to be part of the project and to volunteer as a police cadet for South Yorkshire Police.”

Sport FX SY was launched in 2010 with the aim of steering young people away from anti-social behaviour and encouraging them to mix with others.

David has been recognised by Rotherham’s District Commander, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, who presented the teenager with an award for promoting good sports ethics, teamwork and respect.

Chief Supt Harwin said: “David is an excellent role model and a testament to the ethos of Sport FX SY and how it helps to improve community cohesion.

“I would like to say a big thank-you.”