PUBLISHED: 17:23 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010
A FOOTBALL coach has been awarded by the police for helping to use sport to reduce street crime. Clayton Renwrick, a community
A FOOTBALL coach has been awarded by the police for helping to use sport to reduce street crime.
Clayton Renwrick, a community football coach from Crystal Palace Football Club, was presented with a Safer Bromley Partnership Award on April 23.
Working in Bromley and Croydon, Mr Renwrick uses twice-weekly Football in the Community sessions to motivate young people and improve their self confidence.
Mr Renwrick said he was 'speechless' to receive the award.
He said: "I am just so happy to be working in the community to help change things and to be a role model for young people."
"I can relate to them and show them that they can achieve anything in life by giving them some encouragement.
"I also have the trust of their parents who are happy to drop them off to train with me - sometimes I feel like I have about 1,000 kids!"
Handing him the award, Sergeant Rob Goodwin of the Penge and Cator Safer Neighbourhood Team, said that robberies have reduced in the area since the sessions were launched three years ago.
He added: "Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, come rain or shine Clayton arrives at the Penge Recreation ground and organizes his groups into teams according to their individual skills. Such is the success that Clayton brings to this scheme, he has achieved the attendance of a large number of our young people, which is a positive indication that the scheme has achieved its objective and has assisted in reducing crime and disorder in the areas targeted.
"In an area where 'role models' are urgently needed, Clayton is operating on and above this level. He is evidently well respected by local young people and adults alike.