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"What an unbelievable experience" were the words expressed by Chelmsford City Ladies & Girls FC Secretary, Dawn Barnard, following her day out at Buckingham Palace on Monday 7th October.
Dawn was invited by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and The FA to spend a day as a guest of the Football Association, who were celebrating their 150 years. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, who is FA president, hosted the match and after he had presented medals to 150 volunteers in the amateur game to mark his "Celebration of Grassroots Football", one of the recipients being Dawn.
Dawn was being recognised for her 27 years of championing women's and girls' football in Essex. After being founder member of Chelmsford City Ladies FC in 1986, she also helped to form the Ormiston Girls League which four years later, became officially recognized as the Essex County Girls' Football League.
In 1993, Dawn helped to set up the Essex County Women's League and holds the position of League Secretary. Dawn was also the first Women's & Girls' representative on the Essex County FA Executive Council, a position she held for eight years and was instrumental in the formation of the Essex County FA Women's Representative Team.
The presentation was followed by a buffet inside the Palace before moving outside onto the lawns where a football match took place between two of the oldest Amateur Clubs, Civil Service FC and Polytechnics FC. Permission had been granted by The Queen, for the use of the palace lawns and the match was officiated by World Cup Final match referee, Howard Webb.
The event could not have been better timed as the trip coincided with her 50th birthday that day and Dawn now awaits her invitation to an investiture to receive her MBE, which was announced in the Queen's birthday honours list in June.
Also recognised were (in no particular order), Gill Wallworth, Harriet Miller, Fay Glover, Sylvia Gore, Patricia Gregory, Linda Whitehead, Diane Hancock, Helen Fisher, Sue Hough, Dawn Barnard, Karen Falconer and Shirley Johnson.
Photos - Dawn Barnard, Gill Wallworth and Harriet Miller.
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