Prince William presents Goonhavern man with football award
A pensioner from Goonhavern royally received a prestigious football award at Buckingham Palace last week.
William Hoskings was the only Cornishman to be presented with a special Grassroots Hero award by Prince William and the chairman of the Football Association (FA), Greg Dyke, at Buckingham Palace last Monday.
The FA, which is celebrating it’s 150th anniversary this year, gave out 150 Grassroots Hero awards to volunteers from across England who have contributed to the progress of football in their local areas.
Mr Hoskings said: “Monday was an extremely proud day for me, my wife and my family.
“Prince William was very relaxed and pleasant, just as you would think he would be. He was very nice and down to earth and he got really involved in the day.
“As I went up to receive the award he said, ‘thank you very much for your help with youth football over the years.’”
After collecting his award, Mr Hoskings and the other winners were invited to watch a football match involving Civil Service FC, the only surviving team of the 11 that formed the FA in 1863, on the lawns of Buckingham Palace.
Mr Hoskings’ lifelong passion for Goonhavern FC began in 1962, when at 16 years old he was selected to play in both full back and centre half positions for the club.
After giving up first team football in 1971, the dedicated Goonhavern fan undertook several off-pitch roles including an 18 year stint as club chairman and a general secretary position at the Jolly’s Mining League, among many other achievements.
But Mr Hoskings’ involvement in the beautiful game was briefly put at risk after a collapsed artery in his leg caused the amputation of his foot four years ago.
“I never considered giving up football – I came out of hospital in May and by the first week of July I was at the Goonhavern AGM. So although my foot was missing my head was still there,” Mr Hoskings said.
The 67 year old still has no plans to retire from his boyhood team and continues to help out on match days and work as club secretary.
Mr Hoskings cites his passion for helping young players enter the game as his motivation to continue volunteering.
He said: “It’s trying to get the youth to play football as much as anything that keeps me going.
“I have a real love for the game and I will continue with football until I am no longer useful.”