Volunteer award for Ted Collie as he rubs shoulders with royalty and a 1966 World Cup winner
PUBLISHED: 16:16 10 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:28 10 March 2016
A volunteer has been rewarded for more than 50 years of service to Hertfordshire football with a national award presented by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Ted Collie, from Welwyn Garden City, earned recognition from the Torch Trophy Trust, a charity which recognises and supports volunteers in sports and recreation across the UK.
He was nominated by the Football Association and received his accolade at the Trust’s 53rd annual awards ceremony on Pall Mall, London last Thursday, meeting the likes of 1966 World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton at the event.
The FA’s citation to the Trust reflected Ted’s unselfish and enthusiastic service to football which has included an 18-year spell as the chairman of Hatfield Town.
During his tenure, the club evolved from local football to Step 5 of the National League System.
The Hertfordshire County Senior League has also benefited from Ted’s leadership and inspiration, helping it go from strength to strength, with changes including the creation of a younger members’ committee.
With the future in mind, Ted has been a front runner for disability football. The Disability League is now its third year and is seeing a vast increase in its participation numbers.