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FOOTBALL: Royal invite for popular coach Mowlem
4:42pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Football
BOB Mowlem has received an invite to meet HRH The Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace next month.
The popular coach (pictured above), who has worked with several teams in around the Weymouth and Dorchester area over many years, is one of 150 grassroots heroes who will attend the special event on October 7.
Prince William, in his official capacity as president of the Football Association, will host the ceremony, which forms a key part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations. He will also hand out medals to the volunteers who have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to the game.
The Palace garden will also host its first-ever football match on the day which will feature two of the oldest amateur clubs in England, Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC.
With special permission, Wembley groundsman Tony Stones will work with the Royal Household gardeners to help create the pitch for what will be the most unique grassroots football match in the 150-year history of the game.
HRH The Duke of Cambridge 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, added: “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.”
The special ceremony, which will take place prior to the match, will be held as a way of celebrating the huge role that volunteers play in football on a weekly basis.
The nationwide network of grassroots heroes totals more than 400,000 individuals, including everyone from the mums and dads, coaches, referees and administrators that give up their time to provide the opportunity for people to enjoy football.
Mowlem, whose former clubs have included Weymouth, Dorchester Town, Weymouth Eagles, Southill Youth Club, Milborne and Cosmos Boys, feels “very humble” about the whole event but is also extremely delighted and excited to have been chosen.
To learn more about The FA’s work at the grassroots level of the game or for information about how to get involved in volunteering, visit TheFA.com/TakePart
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