David Gentry BCAe
Dave has been involved in martial arts for decades, but his passion for Kick Boxing was only discovered when he turned 30. He realised that the disciplines, confidence and techniques gained from this martial art could be used to help young people overcome bullying. So, he embarked on a course of volunteering which would not only raise over £30,000 for good causes but would also help young people to understand the dangers of carrying a knife while equipping them with the capability to stand up to bullies.
Volunteering for 15 to 20 hours per week for the past 28 years, David splits his time between coaching Girls Soccer teams and arranging Walking Football matches for over 60’s with visiting schools to talk to young people about the dangers of knife crime. He volunteers mainly in inner city London, where isolationism, knife crime and bullying are almost commonplace.
He also extensively supports Dementia charities, recently arranging a fancy-dress football match for the girl’s team, then taking them to meet dementia sufferers before handing over a cheque for £600. Many of the girls have now become ambassadors for the charity while still gaining confidence and self-esteem through their football