Peter Mason our very own Chairman has been mentioned in the Birthday Honors List and will receive a medal of the Order of the Btitish Empire.

These awards are rare and is richly deserved.  Peter Mason will receive it with great pride not only for himself but for his family and friends.

Article from the Lancashire Evening Post from last week:

Peter, a senior officer with British Transport Police, receives the BEM for services to amateur sport.

The 54-year-old, who chairs the Sir Tom Finney Preston Soccer Development Centre, the city’s Sports Forum and Preston Swimming Club, is one of a host of deserving Lancashire citizens on the list of honours made public today.

Peter set up the football centre in 1999 and it now provides coaching for around 100 youngsters on a weekly basis. It also provides disability football sessions and training for aspiring coaches.

In 2002 he joined the committee of Preston Swimming Club and became its chairman a year later. In 13 years at the helm he has transformed the club into one of the most successful in the North West. He has also been chairman of the Preston Sports Forum since 2004.

“This award isn’t about me, it’s about all the great people who make my job the easiest of all. I’m only able to do what I do because of the coaches and volunteers – they have the hardest jobs.

“I’m very proud and I feel really privileged to get this award. I get such enjoyment from seeing the kids develop through sport. As a police officer I suppose it’s about the diversionary aspect of getting kids off the streets.”

Congratulations, and well deserved from all at the Soccer Centre.

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