Five Local Volunteers to receive FA Award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge

Graham Hodson, Kath Tranter, Mick & Shirley Sharrod and David Brook are to attend a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in recognition of outstanding contribution and services to football.

Three local Derbyshire residents are to be honoured at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of Cambridge for their volunteer work in grassroots football.

Phil Moss, Mike Taylor and Harry Hardy will be three of 150 volunteers to be celebrated on Monday 7th October at an event that forms part of The Football Associations 150th anniversary celebrations. The volunteers have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football – which includes everything from helping to develop the women’s game, providing opportunities for disabled players, grassroots referees as well as club and league administrators.


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Five Staffordshire residents are to be honoured at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace hosted by HRH The Duke of Cambridge for their volunteer work in grassroots football. 

David Brook, Kath Tranter, Mick & Shirley Sharrod and Graham Hodson will be five of 150 volunteers to be celebrated on Monday 7th October at an event that forms part of The Football Associations 150th anniversary celebrations. The volunteers have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football – which includes everything from helping to develop the women’s game, providing opportunities for disabled players, grassroots referees as well as club and league administrators.

David Brook from Castlecroft FC, and lives in Kingswinford has been given the award for his many years of work promoting inclusion in football and most recently for working to eradicate homophobia from the grassroots game. David also dedicates a lot of hard work and commitment to running Castlecroft FC.

Kath Tranter, from Weston Coyney has been given this award for over 40 years involvement in womens football as both a player and administrator. Kath is currently employed by Birmingham FA as a football development administrator but juggles this with being the Fixtures Secretary for the West Midlands Women's Regional League, the Secretary for Stoke City Ladies and administrator for Stoke City Girls’ Centre of Excellence. Kath played in The WFA Cup Final in 1974 for Foden’s beating Southampton Saints 2-1.

Mick & Shirley Sharrod, from Lichfield have been given this award for their commitment to the female game. They started Lichfield Diamonds over 17 years ago and have gone on to establish a complete array of age groups from under 8's to open age, with the eldest team competing in the Midland Combination Premier League. They are both heavily involved in every age group and their passion and love of the game has inspired others.

Graham Hodson, from Bilston has been given this award for outstanding contribution and has worked tirelessly as Chairman and referees secretary of the Bilson Youth League and is still an active referee on the league too. He has been involved in the League since it's inception and has, over many years, enabled hundreds of children, youths, parents, referees and his colleagues on the Management Committee enjoy the opportunities "the beautiful game" affords. He leads the League with passion, commitment and gives many of his personal hours to the betterment of football for children who play in the various teams. Graham has just completed his third charity bike ride and so far has raised over £10,000 for local charities. So to sum up, Graham works hard for the whole community, from ball boys age 6 to old players age 80, and all those inbetween.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, in his official capacity as President of The Football Association, will host the event and will present Phil Moss, Mike Taylor and Harry Hardy with a medal to commemorate their achievements. The event has been created to champion the huge role that volunteers play in football on a weekly basis. The nationwide network of grassroots heroes totals more than 400,000 individuals – this includes everyone from the mums and dads, coaches, referees and administrators that give up their time to provide.

A focal point of the day will see the Buckingham Palace garden host its first ever football match, featuring two of the oldest amateur clubs in England. The game, which will be an official Southern Amateur League fixture, will be played between Civil Service FC, the sole surviving club from the eleven that met to create The FA in 1863, and Polytechnic FC, which was formed in 1875.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Football Association, said:

“In our 150th year, it is hugely important for The FA to honour the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers who week in, week out, help to provide the opportunity for millions more people to enjoy football at grassroots level. Inviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks.”

Greg Dyke, Chairman of The Football Association, said:

“These volunteers are the heartbeat of football. Without them, the game simply wouldn’t function at a grassroots level and it is only right that The FA honours their tireless and selfless work.

“We are delighted that, in his role as President of The FA, HRH The Duke of Cambridge has given his support to this initiative – even going as far as arranging for the first ever game of football to be played at Buckingham Palace in honour of our grassroots heroes.”

To learn more about The FA’s work at a grassroots level of the game or for information about how to get involved in volunteering, visit TheFA.com/TakePart


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HRH The Duke of Cambridge, in his official capacity as President of The Football Association, will host the event and will present the volunteers with a medal to commemorate their achievements. The event has been created to champion the huge role that volunteers play in football on a weekly basis. The nationwide network of grassroots heroes totals more than 400,000 individuals – this includes everyone from the mums and dads, coaches, referees and administrators that give up their time to provide.

A focal point of the day will see the Buckingham Palace garden host its first ever football match, featuring two of the oldest amateur clubs in England. The game, which will be an official Southern Amateur League fixture, will be played between Civil Service FC, the sole surviving club from the eleven that met to create The FA in 1863, and Polytechnic FC, which was formed in 1875.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of The Football Association, said:

“In our 150th year, it is hugely important for The FA to honour the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers who week in, week out, help to provide the opportunity for millions more people to enjoy football at grassroots level. Inviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks.”

Greg Dyke, Chairman of The Football Association, said:

“These volunteers are the heartbeat of football. Without them, the game simply wouldn’t function at a grassroots level and it is only right that The FA honours their tireless and selfless work.

“We are delighted that, in his role as President of The FA, HRH The Duke of Cambridge has given his support to this initiative – even going as far as arranging for the first ever game of football to be played at Buckingham Palace in honour of our grassroots heroes.”

To learn more about The FA’s work at a grassroots level of the game or for information about how to get involved in volunteering, visit TheFA.com/TakePart  


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