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Latics' award-winning coach

22 November 2013

Two prizes for Pete

Pete Wild, who on Monday becomes Oldham Athletic's new youth development phase coach for the 12/16 age groups, captured two major prizes at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards.

The 29-year-old from Denshaw, who coached Latics under-14's until recently, was named coach of the year for his exploits with the Great Britain amputee football team.

Pete also won the ‘Be Inspired' honour which was the overall champion-of-champions award.

Having already been named Oldham’s coach of the year, that qualified Pete for the Greater Manchester Sports Sports Awards which were held at Lancashire County Cricket Club’s The Point.

Pete said: "It was a shock to be named coach of the year which was great for me on a personal note and also for the charity.

"It was a great achievement for the England Amputee Football Association which is a charitable organisation which receives no direct funding."

And the night became even better for Pete when he won the 'Be Inspired’ prize.

"All the winners were called back on stage for this special award. It was unbelievable and I cannot put into words how I felt when my name was announced," explained Pete.

The Great Britain amputee football team have this year won two tournaments in Ireland and Poland in the build up to next year’s World Cup in Mexico.

Pete worked as a football development office for the Lancashire Football Association until recently.

Pete is pictured receiving his coach-of-the-year award from Olympic Games swimming gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.


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