Dorchester Football Hero In Line For Top Award
6:30am 12th August 2012
(Updated 6:57am 14th August 2012)
A Dorchester man who has spent the past 50 years helping out at youth football clubs is in the running for a national award.
Bob Mowlem has scooped both the Dorset and South West Outstanding Contribution to Community Football Award.
Now he and seven others are in contention for the national prize, promoted by the Football Association in collaboration with McDonalds.
Bob started volunteering from the age of 16, running teams in the local league. He co-founded the Dorchester Cosmos Youth F.C. and also established an additional Under 12 team to give every Dorchester child the opportunity to get involved.
But Bob says he was kept in the dark by his colleagues and even his wife when they nominated him to the FA for the award. "I'm absolutely chuffed to bits, obviously, but I was very shocked in the beginning to realise I'd gone this far," he said.
The national nominees, including Bob, have been invited to the F.A. Community Shield game today (Sunday 12th August) where Chelsea play Manchester City at Villa Park, Birmingham.
Voting for the national award will then begin.
CLICK HERE to vote for BOB.