2011 All News
Torch Trophy Trust Award for Cheshire's Spencer
Cheshire’s David Spencer, described by peers as “an unsung hero of local badminton”, has won an award for his long standing commitment as a badminton volunteer at the 49th Torch Trophy Trust Awards.
David, from Moreton on the Wirral, was nominated for the prestigious title by the Cheshire County Badminton Association - with support from BADMINTON England – in recognition of his 31 years involvement with the local badminton leagues and county.
And he was presented with his award by HRH Princess Alexandra [pictured] at a ceremony at the Army and Navy Club in London, also attended by Torch Trophy Trust president, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE.
The national recognition was just reward for over 3 decades working tirelessly to establish and grow a thriving badminton community across the Wirral.
David was the secretary and a prime mover in creating the new Wirral league in 2004, which now has seven divisions and about 50 teams, and much of his primary work at club level has been with Crescent Badminton Club as club and match secretary.
He has also undertaken key roles in both the Birkenhead and Hoylake district leagues whilst also organising an annual badminton tournament in support of the Wirral Festival of Sport.
Speaking of David’s recognition, Roger Ewing of Cheshire County Badminton Association stated “The county has received a huge amount of input from David since he first appeared on the council in 1989, acting as treasurer and registration secretary for 12 years, veterans secretary for 13 years, and tournament coordinator for six years.
As a result, the county’s 2000 members have had a first-class administrator looking after their activities and welfare. “
The Torch Trophy Trust supports and promotes the work of volunteers across all sports and recreation activities throughout the United Kingdom, working in association with the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
Their annual awards are handed out to individuals who have been identified as making an outstanding contribution as a volunteer in their chosen sport.