Fareham Borough Council celebrates the success of AFC Portchester, announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
AFC Portchester has received the Award for supporting access to football for all ages and spearheading local charity fundraising activities.
Fareham Borough Council is an active and ongoing supporter of AFC Portchester's activities. Opened by Councillor Nick Walker in March 2011, AFC Portchester's club house, was made possible by £30,000 match funding provided by the Council.
In 2010, Fareham Borough Council helped the club obtain Charter Standard Development Club status, an FA kite mark only given to clubs meeting very high safety training and development standards. The Council also worked with AFC Portchester in delivering the Powerchair Football Project, which provided specialist football training for young wheelchair users
On hearing of the clubs success, Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Mrs Connie Hockley, said: "We are proud of our long association with AFC Portchester. The Queens Award is the direct result of the clubs inspiring work over the years to widen access to football and support charities in the local community."
AFC Portchester will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty's representative in Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan at a special ceremony.
The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in the summer.
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