Spalding Sunday League football club the Fosdyke Sundays is reaping the rewards of hard work invested by team manager, Dave Clarey, with the gift from his employer of a brand-new club strip.
Dave was singled out by the Regard Group as an ‘Inspiring Leader’ for the way he manages Pipwell Manor, a supported living service for people with learning disabilities and mental health issues, at a company conference earlier this year.
And investing in new kit for the football team Dave manages in his spare time is part of the way Regard has chosen to show their appreciation of his efforts.
Pipwell Manor, which is in Fosdyke near Holbeach, Norfolk, is currently home to four young men who share Dave’s passion for football and often come along to support the Fosdyke Sundays.
Dave (pictured far right) has led the Sunday League team since 2016 and enjoys extending his involvement in local football to include the people he supports during his working week.
Dave Clarey said: “The lads who live at Pipwell love to cheer the team on from the touchlines, and also enjoy having a pint with them in the local after the match.
“Involving the people we support with the Fosdyke Sundays is a brilliant way to increase their community involvement, and it’s great how warmly they’re always welcomed.”
Extending the relationship still further, the team’s goalkeeper has joined Regard to work alongside Dave as a support worker, and one of the defenders also works at his service as a gardener.
The team at Pipwell Manor support the men who live at there to develop their life-skills with a view to giving them increased independence and support them to follow their interests so they can live as full a life as possible.
Football features large as a shared passion, so as well as supporting the Fosdyke Sundays the home has a season ticket for Peterborough FC, and there has also recently been a group outing to watch a game at West Ham.
Dave Clarey has worked in the care sector for 15 years. He specialises in supporting people with challenging behaviour and emotional difficulties and is qualified to train colleagues in a positive range of options to avoid crisis and use therapy, known within the industry as ‘Proact scipr.’
Regard CEO Carole Edmond said: “We are proud to have the Regard name worn by a football team which means so much to our staff and the people we support in Fosdyke.
“Enjoyment of sport is a really important part of living a full life, so providing this kind of sponsorship is a good example of the way Regard goes above and beyond.”
Regard is the third largest private care provider in its sector, with over 2,600 staff supporting more than 1,300 people living at 168 residential and supported living services across the country. For more information see www.regard.co.uk
The Fosdyke Sundays currently rank fifth out of 10 in the Spalding & District Sunday League.