World cup hero honours north Kent youth league
PUBLISHED: 15:43 11 May 2011
»World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst has presented a youth football league with the FA Charter Standard award - the first league in London to achieve the status.
The South East London and Kent (Selkent) Youth League has been given the prestigious award for its work with children.
With 82 clubs and 432 teams across the boroughs of Gravesham, Dartford, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark and Bromley, the league is one of the largest in the capital.
The award means it meets the strict criteria set out by the organisation for the running of children’s grassroots football.
Sir Geoff – who won the World Cup with England in 1966 – is the director of football for McDonald’s, which sponsors the award.
Officials from the Selkent League were officially presented with the award at the London Marathon Ground in Shooters Hill at the weekend.
Sally Dolan, Selkent secretary, said: “It is an absolute honour to receive the FA Charter Standard from Sir Geoff. The award shows that our league is run in the right way.
“We are incredibly proud of the hard work we have done here at the Selkent. The children who play for our clubs always come first – that is our ethos. We are a very child-friendly league – they are the reason this league exists.”
On Sunday, Sir Geoff presented Challenge Cup trophies to the winners of the under-nines and under-10s cup finals and medals to the runners-up and third-placed teams in each age group. Under-sevens teams were presented with their end-of- season medals as well.
Sir Geoff is the only man ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final after his famous strikes against Germany for England at Wembley. His career saw him score 24 goals in 49 games for his country. He was awarded the MBE in 1975 and knighted in 1998.
Sir Geoff made his debut for West Ham United in 1959 but also played a first-class cricket match for Essex in 1962.