Recognition for Local Volunteer

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The Club Secretary of St. Dominick Football Club is to receive an award in recognition of his endeavours in grassroots football at the 51st Annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards, which will be presented by a member of the Royal Family and take place on Tuesday 18 March 2014.

An Inspiration to Others

Ken Harvey was brought up in the small South Devon village of Marldon. There was no football at the village school and very little at the Grammar School in Torquay, at which he played for an hour a week during the season. Aa a young man he was called upon for National Service in 1955-1957, a time in which he continued to passionately play football. After his demobilisation and a season playing for Paignton Villa in the South Devon League he then, in 1958, was instrumental in reforming the club Marldon Spurs, which had disbanded due to the Second World War. Ken took on the position as Secretary of the Club and together with all the young men of the village went on to win six trophies in three seasons, as well as reaching the Semi-Final of the Devon Junior Cup.

Unfortunately, a bad knee injury ended his playing career and with getting married, raising a family and running his own business he did not get involved with football again until he moved to Cornwall in 1962. Due to his son's activities with Chillaton in the Duchy League in the mid-nineties he soon became involved on the Club Committee and was then persuaded to become the new Club secretary. Ken remained at Chillaton until 2001 when the club folded and was then approached by St.Dominick to assist the club as their Secretary.

Ken's involvement at St.Dominick has played a significant part in moving the Club forward: The old changing room has been replaced by a very modern facility after a lot of hard work involving the Church and the School Authorities. Over the past thirteen years, the Club has been the home to many managers and numerous players and Ken has been well regarded amongst these. He describes his best moment at St. Dominick as the club's fantastic achievement of reaching the 2007/2008 Cornwall FA Junior Cup Final, which they lost to Portreath. Since then St. Dominick enjoyed ongoing success and are now a proud member of the East Cornwall Premier League. 

But speaking to Ken, it becomes apparent very quickly that his involvement as Club Secretary does not stop at the administration of the game: - "Apart from the usual secretarial duties I cut, roll and mark out the pitch and organise all the fund raising for the club, including the monthly Bingo sessions, Race nights, and end of season Presentation Evening, oh and sometimes I make the teas on match days!!!" In an age in which dedicated volunteers are becoming increasingly hard to find for football clubs around the Country, we can only applaud his efforts and contribution to the local game.

Torch Trophy Trust

The Torch Trophy Trust was founded in 1962 by the late Commander Bill Collins RN, whilst he was honorary development secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association.

In 1948 two Olympic torches were made for the last leg of the Olympic relay - one presented to the International Olympic Committee, with another presented to Commander Collins who in turn presented it to the Torch Trophy Trust. This torch is the Trust's symbol.

Commander Collins believed that the Olympic ideal symbolised by the torch could also be the inspiration for men and women working quietly in their own small corners of the world of sport.

Over the next few years and with the help of others, he approached many leading figures in sport and persuaded some of them to join him, including Sir Arthur Porritt, Sir Stanley Rous and The Revd. David Sheppard.

The first Trust meeting was held in 1962 alongside a press conference, where a message of encouragement was received from The Duke of Edinburgh.

Since then, the work of the Trust has gone from strength to strength in recognising outstanding achievement and providing support to hard working volunteers in sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has provided the day-to-day support for the Trust since 1999.

Visit http://www.torchtrophytrust.org for further information.

 
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