Bromley football club secretary honoured for 60 years' work in borough
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2018
A Bromley football club secretary and debt counsellor who has dedicated 60 years of his life to sport and business has been recognised for the magnificent work he has done.
He was among those named in the Mayor’s Team London Awards honours.
These are generally young volunteers who have taken a stand against youth violence.
But it was the special long service awards that are presented to those who have served their communities for decades that one Bromley resident is proud of.
Tony Catherall, 82, started his volunteering career over 60 years ago working as a football secretary for a group of teams.
He told us: “I was team secretary and played soccer for National Provincial Bank, between 1954 and 1966 which means I was responsible for organising all the matches.
“I formed and played with National Provincial table tennis teams, and was treasurer and secretary of the London Banks table tennis league. That had 1,000 places and ran until 1966.
“I was also an amateur soccer referee between 1966 and 2006 until I was 70 covering south London and Bromley areas.”
Thanking his wife Vivienne for 60 years of patience, he was a leader at Campaigner Christian Uniformed Youth Movement at St John’s Church Eden Park for 25 years, as well as being involved with church finances for 40 years as treasurer of two local churches.
He said: “I was a trustee for Life Education Centres for 20 years with two mobile classrooms visiting primary schools teaching health and well being.
“I was for 20 years a free debt advisor with Citizen Advice Bureau in Penge until the office was closed in 2013.
“For last five years I have been giving debt advice at Bromley Community Counselling Service where I have been trustee and treasurer for many years.”
Tony added: “My wife has put up with a lot what with all the positions I have held over the decades taking up all my time. She had been amazing.”
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Volunteering represents so much of what is great about our city.”