David Unsworth has won the prestigious Talent Development Coach of the Year prize at the 2017 UK Coaching Awards.
The Goodison favourite was a proud recipient of the accolade at a ceremony in London on Thursday evening, 24 hours after steering Everton to a 4-0 victory over West Ham United in his final fixture in temporary charge of the first team.
Unsworth was recognised for his outstanding contribution with the Club’s Under-23s side, who he coached and mentored to the Premier League 2 title in 2016/17.
Recently, Unsworth also took up the position of Director of Coaching in the Everton Academy.
“I’m absolutely thrilled,” he said. “It’s such a privilege to be invited and to be on the shortlist, and so to win is just incredible. It’s a great honour and I thank everybody for that support.
“I’d like to share this with everyone at Everton and in the Everton Academy, and all my Under-23s players as well.”
Many of the players coached by Unsworth at this level have enjoyed progression into the Club’s senior side, including the likes of Tom Davies, Jonjoe Kenny and Everton’s most recent debutant Beni Baningime.
Off the field, Unsworth, who made more than 300 appearances for the Toffees, has been a keen supporter of the work undertaken by the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community.
Last year he helped to launch the ‘Home is Where the Heart is’ campaign, a fundraising initiative which has raised in excess of £230,000 to purchase a house for the young homeless in the Merseyside community, and recently took part in the second Goodison Sleepout to boost funds for the initiative.