Tributes paid to devoted club stalwart Dave - The Evesham Observer

Tributes paid to devoted club stalwart Dave

Evesham Editorial 19th Feb, 2019 Updated: 21st Feb, 2019   0

GLOWING tributes have been paid following the sudden passing of ‘the heart and soul’ of Evesham United’s youth teams who helped spread the love of the beautiful game as far as youngsters in the Gambia

Club stalwart Dave Giles passed away over the weekend and as well as coaching hundreds of Vale youngsters, the volunteer also spent time in Africa coaching local children.

Following his retirement as a bank manager, the Vale resident jumped at the chance to travel to Banjul to spend time coaching eager youngsters.

After his first visit in 2015, he returned regularly and built a relationship with the school and the children every March and November coaching four days a week for four weeks.

Devastated Robins chiefs revealed the news of his passing in a statement on the club’s website.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone at EUFC and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time,” it read.

Many of the tributes reflected the contribution made by Mr Giles to the development of young footballers in the Vale.

Simon Purfield who served on the club’s committee with Mr Giles said: “Gilo was Mr Evesham United whom I have known since I first started my involvement with the junior section in 2004.

“We served on the committee together for a few years banging the drum for the junior section. He was passionate about youth football and spent thousands of unpaid hours for the club.

“I call him a true friend and someone I trusted. He will be sadly missed by lots of people.”

Former United boss Paul West said “Absolutely gutted to hear the sad news ‘Gilo’ has passed away. A true community man and so passionate about giving children the simple opportunity to play the game we all love.

“I had the utmost respect and admiration for he’s pure energy and enthusiasm towards junior football.Not only will he be a massive loss to the club and community but also a massive loss to the football world.

“My love and condolences go to all his immediate family and close friends. RIP Dave, A true gentleman.”

Jubilee Stadium tenants Gloucester City also paid their respects and said: “From all of us our biggest condolences to Dave’s family and all Evesham United FC Always first out of the clubhouse to greet us on a Saturday with a big old grin on his face. Will be sorely missed. RIP Dave.”


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