School Volunteers Awarded Top Honours

Thursday 09 January 2014By ESFA Office

Last Updated:
29/01/2014 15:57:59

In some excellent news to bring in the new year, the ESFA are pleased to announce that two of our long serving volunteers have been rewarded with distinguished honours for their work in Schools football.

Dorset County Schools’ FA Hon. Treasurer, Terry Cordery, was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in The New Year Honours List for “services to Fire Brigade Charities and Dorset Schools' Football Association".

Mr Cordery started schools football life in Reading District (as Referee Appointments Secretary), then soon moved to teach in Dorset [at Portchester School, now Harewood College, then at Poole College of FE and then Bournemouth & Poole College on amalgamation] where he was immediately involved in Bournemouth District schools as Treasurer and District Team Manager; then as Dorset County Secretary/Treasurer when 1974 boundaries changed and Bournemouth District became part of 'new' Dorset. He continues as Treasurer to this day and also co-ordinates an age-group County Cup competition.

Throughout that time he was a 'retained fireman' (ie. part-time) with Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and for twenty-five years was (is) Southern Regional Treasurer for the Fire Brigades Union Benevolent Fund.

The MBE was initiated by the Dorset Fire Service but involved input from Dorset Schools' FA at their request. We are all very proud of Terry’s achievements and send our best wishes and congratulations to him.

Des Williams (Vale of White Horse SFA and Oxon County SFA), a stalwart of Schools football, was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) "for services to schools and youth football in Oxfordshire". This award is testament to his continued support of football within the Oxfordshire area for over 35 years. As well as a number of administrative roles, Des is also very active with the coaching of the representative teams and saw great success 2011-12 season as he was crowned a double National Champion, winning with The Vale of White Horse in the U15 Inter Association Trophy and Oxfordshire CSFA the U16 Inter County Trophy.

Many congratulations to both men from all at the English Schools FA, without individuals of your calibre we wouldn’t be able to provide much of the football we do across the country.


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