Local Volunteer Recognised

Volunteers are honoured at the 51st Torch Trophy alongside sporting legend Sir Bobby Charlton CBE.

Volunteers Honoured at 51st Torch Trophy alongside

Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

Volunteers who have shown outstanding dedication to sport in their local communities were honored at the 51st Torch Trophy Trust Awards alongside sporting legend Sir Bobby Charlton CBE.

HRH The Princess Royal presented this year’s awards, which take place every year at the Royal Army and Navy Club in London to celebrate the tireless work of sport’s unsung heroes.

This year the awards were an extra special occasion as the Torch Trophy Trust also presented a lifetime achievement award to their President and national sporting hero, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, in recognition of his lifelong service to sport.

Sir Bobby said: "I am delighted to receive this award from the Torch Trophy Trust. The Trust does a wonderful job of recognising, supporting and celebrating the work of volunteers in sport and it is an honour to have been associated with the charity for fifteen years.

But most importantly my congratulations go out to all of the volunteers who have been recognised at this year’s awards – they are the unsung heroes of sport and their achievements and dedication are truly admirable."

The Club Secretary of St. Dominick Football Club, Ken Harvery recieved an award in recognition of his endeavours in grassroots football.

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

Geoff Lee our Cornwall FA Chairman who attended the event and said `it was a good occasion and Ken Harvey particularly enjoyed meeting and having his photo taken with Sir Bobby Charlton.’

 

Photos above: 1st photo; Ken Harvey (St Dominick) and Siry Bobby Charlton CBE, 2nd photo; Geoff Lee (Cornwall FA Chairman), Ken Harvey and Paul 3rd photo; Ken Harvey and Mike

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