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Royal recognition for Tiverton football hero
9:00am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Devon
A FOOTBALL hero from Tiverton will be commended for his contribution to the sport at Buckingham Palace next month.
Jed Hewitt,president of Moors Youth FC and chairman of Elmore FC, was thrilled to receive a royal invitation to the FA Grassroots Heroes reception on October 5 when he will meet Prince William.
The Duke of Cambridge is president of the Football Association, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and will present Jed with a medal on the special day.
Jed, described as grassroots hero by club members, has been involved in developing youth football in Tiverton for over 15 years.
He first volunteered at Moors Youth FC, and was the driving force behind its development as a founding member, club secretary, chairman and now president.
His influence has helped Moors Youth FC and Elmore FC secure FA Charter Standard Community Status – the highest recognition a club can be given on the FA Charter Standard club development pathway.
Jed, who is taking his athletics coach wife Caroline to the one-off event, said: “I don’t look to be awarded for what I do because I enjoy it.
“I see seven-year-olds come right through to playing for the first teamandit’s nice to see the youngsters develop over time.
“Recently we’ve seen a couple of players join bigger clubs. One went to Plymouth Argyle and the other to Aston Villa, and that’s because we set such high standards people are starting to look at us.
“I’m not looking for recognition, but it’s nice when people see all the hard work you’ve put in.”
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