At the end of last year, Coach Pete “Too Tall” Fields won the acclaimed Active Surrey Coach of the Year award at the 2018 Surrey Sports Awards.

Having already won the Farnham Sports Coach of the Year award, Coach Fields had progressed to the county awards where he faced stiff competition from other coaches from a variety of sports across the county. However, the former professional American Football player, who took on the Head Coach role at the Farnham Knights for the 2018 season, walked away with the main prize having been nominated for his professional approach, excellent dedication and the positive impact he has on others.

The awards, which are chosen from local borough and district award winners, celebrate “the very best of Surrey’s coaches, clubs and volunteers” who have given back to their sport and community over the previous 12 months. On awarding Coach Fields the accolade, event organisers cited not just the amazing work Pete has done for the Knights as an organisation, but also his work with the local community, including organising a toy drive for the children’s unit at Frimley Park Hospital, and inspiring players on a personal level.

The prize-giving ceremony, held on 3 December at the prestigious Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge, was hosted by BBC Surrey’s Tim Durrans during a special celebration dinner. After the awards Coach Fields said, “It was an incredible honour to represent the sport I love at the awards. Obviously it means a lot personally, but to give American Football a platform alongside more mainstream sports is fantastic, and hopefully the community will see the impact we can have and we can continue to grow the club with their support.”

Farnham Knights Club President, Dave Carpenter, who attended the awards with Coach Fields, summed up how Pete is viewed by players, parents, coaches and fans of the Knights, “Coach Fields has transformed this club in little over 12 months. His dedication and commitment to the organisation is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and more amazingly everything he does is on a completely voluntary basis. He loves this club and sport, and I’m very excited about the plans he has for us moving forward.”

You can listen to Coach Fields speak about winning the award at the start of the BBC Surrey podcast about the event and if you’d like more information about volunteering or playing for the Farnham Knights contact us by clicking here.