The former Albion defenders received an award for their work with AITC.
Guy Butters and Danny Cullip will always be fondly remembered by Brighton fans – not least for the integral part they played in Albion’s play-off winning team of 2004.
It may now be a few seasons since they last appeared alongside each other in a Seagulls shirt, but the defensive double-act is still making a significant impact locally - only now it is off the pitch with Albion in the Community (AITC).
Guy and Danny work predominantly in the charity’s skills and training department, providing specialist coaching and acting as mentors to teenagers studying on AITC’s BTEC programmes which combine academic lessons and either 11-a-side football of futsal.
However, they both regularly lend a hand wherever it is needed and their commitment to the charity was officially recognised at the club’s end of season awards – with Guy and Danny joint winners of the Albion’s Community Achievement Award.
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To say the duo was surprised to win would be something of an understatement.
Speaking after picking up the award, Guy said, “I feel truly humbled. It's a reflection of the hard work of our colleagues and, although we are the ones with an actual award, we accepted it on behalf of the whole of AITC for its relentless work in making a difference to the community.”
It was a sentiment shared by Danny, who added, “As players we knew about AITC, but it's not until you work there that you understand how big we really are.
“Guy and I are lucky that we are given the chance to work across the whole scheme and with so many different people. If you can help someone in even a small way, that is really rewarding.”
Guy continued, “I enjoy everything about the job. AITC is so diverse in what it does, one minute I'm coaching, the next I'm mentoring our BTEC students. The next day I could be helping to organise a powerchair tournament, spreading the word about walking football or helping to raise awareness of cancer symptoms.
“Working in football is brilliant – it’s the only thing I've known since leaving school - and if I can use the knowledge that I've gained over 30 years to help one person, then I can go home satisfied.”
Guy and Danny have already helped raise money for AITC’s award-winning disability programme by taking part in the Warrior Run and later this year Guy will join other riders on the charity’s European cycle challenge.
Guy can be sponsored online at: www.justgiving.com/Guy-Butters1
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