BRIDLINGTON’S David Grosse was pipped to the post in his bid to become National Coach of the Year.
Grosse, a long-serving member of Bridlington Rangers JFC, travelled to the new FA Training Centre at Burton-on Trent, for the final round.
In the final, he had to prepare and deliver a 40-minute coaching session involving a squad of 14-year-old girl footballers.
His efforts were judged by a panel that included former England international Ray Wilkins, head of grassroots football at the FA Les Howie and Eric Harrison, the Manchester United scout who spotted David Beckham, Nicky Butt and brothers Gary and Phil Neville.
Also present and keeping a watchful eye on proceedings was the England Under 21 manager Stuart Pearce.
Despite receiving spontaneous applause at the end of his session, Grosse, who also works with the Bridlington Town Reserves team, was pipped for the coveted title by the coach from the Devon district
He had qualified for the final by winning the East Riding County Coach of the Year Award and also being named Coach of the Year for the Yorkshire and Humberside region.
The chairman of Bridlington Rangers Junior Football Club John Gibson MBE said: “For David to reach the final seven in the whole country has been a terrific achievement.
“He is a fantastic coach who is enthusiastic and able to motivate players to reach their full potential.
“He devotes many hours on a voluntary basis coaching Bridlington Rangers’ youngsters and is a great asset to the club.”