Award-winning community champion from Wembley dies at 52
PUBLISHED: 15:26 07 May 2014
Tributes have been pouring in following the sudden death of an award-winning community champion from Wembley who inspired thousands of youths.
Trevor Hutton, a football club founder, sports coach, mentor, and one of the biggest role models in Brent, died on Wednesday at the age of 52.
A post mortem carried out today concluded he died of coronary heart disease.
Known affectionately as ‘Trevor T’, Mr Hutton also worked in the music industry and was a former PE teacher at Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, Willesden.
His tireless work with young people in the community is heralded for saving many from going down the wrong path in life, while giving others the first step on to a successful career.
Alex Thomas, Principal of Capital City, said: “Trevor’s commitment to sport and particularly football at the Academy has had a measureable impact on the quality of performance, coaching and success of teams and individuals. Trevor will also be fondly remembered as a Head of Year who developed a strong bond with his students.
“Trevor’s family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
In 2007, Mr Hutton co-founded AFC Wembley football club, a grassroots team which has become a huge success with youths from Brent and across London.
Keith Gussy-Young, a coach at Brent School Football Association, has vowed to continue the good work Mr Hutton has done in the community.
He said: “Trevor’s death is a great loss to the community
“He was always there for people. He had a big vision and a big picture about what he wanted to do.
“When he set up AFC Wembley it was a big project that he managed to achieve.
“It’s one of the most successful grassroots club out there. I will do my best to ensure I carry on the good work he has started.”
Mr Hutton’s most recent project, which he launched with his son Tajean, was the Community Football Federation which aimed to help grassroots football gain greater recognition.
Last year, Mr Hutton, who also ran a sports project called The Goal Development Programme, was recognised at the first ever Pride of Brent Awards for his outstanding contribution to the community.
He said at the time: “This award isn’t mine it’s for all of us who work together. What ever I have done I haven’t done it on my own as I have a good team of coaches, volunteers, parents and kids.
“This is a community effort and shows what we can do when we get together.”
David Mullings, founder of the Action In The Community (AITC) which organised the awards, said: “Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Trevor will have something special to share about him as he touched so many lives. “
“Trevor was the type of man you would want your child to be exposed to he had integrity and unshakeable moral stance as well as a great ability to effectively communicate with our youth.
“This is the biggest loss to our community that I can remember, my thoughts are with his family at this time, our community must now support the Hutton family and give back some of the love their son, father, brother, uncles, showed us all.”
Mr Hutton also worked closely with the charity Kick It Out, which aims to rid football of racism.
He was one of the founders of the Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA), and played an integral pert in a catalogue of anti-discrimination initiatives.
Last month he became a member of the charity’s Mentoring and Leadership Delivery Group.
Lord Herman Ouseley, the charity’s chairman, said: “News of Trevor’s death has been a bolt out of the blue and nobody saw it coming. It’s a tragedy for his family and all who knew him and valued the work he did to assist young people in helping them to meet some of the challenges they face in our society.
“He will be a huge loss and very much missed.”
Greg Dyke, from the Football Association, added: “Trevor played a pivotal role in grassroots football, and was central to a number of initiatives which helped youngsters across the Wembley area. He will be missed.”
Sam Mante, worked with Mr Hutton at the charity, he said: “Trevor was a kind hearted man who had an admirable character. He was a fantastic example to me and many others.
“He will be sorely missed, but I do hope to see him again.”
Mr Hutton first became an active member of the community in Brent through his love of music.
He established the Tippertone sound system and was also heavily involved in community radio stations in North West London.
In the early 1990s he launched his own music label called Juggling Records which released a string of successful hits including ‘See It In Your Eyes’ by Brent-singer Don Campbell.
Community radio station Roots FM broadcasted a special tribute show in his memory yesterday evening.
Winston Raymond, a friend of Mr Hutton for more than 30 years, said: “I’m absolutely devastated.
“Trevor has made a massive impact in my family life. We have lost an icon and we must finish all the jobs he has started.”
Trevor Hutton (December 25, 1961 – April 30, 2014)
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