BRETT Hockley and David Sheedy are the steadfast coaches behind the High Wycombe Amateur Football Club (HWAFC) All Abilities team, which is currently undefeated this season.
The duo fondly known as ‘Hockers’ and ‘Sheeds’ have cared for, mentored, and motivated their players with intellectual abilities for 10 years.
Mr Hockley said coaching with Mr Sheedy has always been about boosting the confidence of players and bringing people together.
“We have seen players come out of their shells, it gives the team a second family and they love it,” Mr Hockley said.
“We enjoy the interaction with players, it is a lot of fun and that’s why we continued to do it.
“You can’t help but be drawn in because they appreciate the opportunity to play.”
However, at the beginning of the season the pair announced this season would be their last as they’d like to give others a chance to coach the team.
“We will still be around, David and I have been successful in building numbers and I think it is really important that we see the team continue on,” Mr Hockley added.
HWAFC president David Barnes praised Mr Hockley and Mr Sheedy’s commitment to the All Abilities team over the past decade.
“Brett and David are two of the very best, their dedication to the HWAFC has been rewarded by life membership to both gentlemen,” Mr Barnes said.
“How we are going to fill their shoes is still a work in progress, we will continue with their legacy and hopefully build on their foundations to have a thriving All Abilities’ team in the future.”