A pensioner who has dedicated more than five decades to helping young people through sport has been honoured for his work.
John Wall, of Demwick Terrace, Tynemouth, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List by Her Majesty The Queen.
Mr Wall has been of excellent service to his community and I hope that his success will encourage more people to get involved in helping their local areasCoun Tommy Mulvenna
The 76-year-old was joined by his wife Betty and two sons John and Geoff, who had flown in from Australia and Canada respectively, to receive his award at the North Tyneside Council offices.
John was presented with the medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Susan Winfield.
The citation read: “Through his energy and zeal, Mr Wall has made a lasting and dramatic impact, through his dedication, foresight and self-belief in bringing the health and physical fitness benefits of exercise, exercise guidance and advice through a number of sporting activities predominantly in North Tyneside but also further afield.”
“Mr Wall began organising North Shields Boys Club, then Tyne Boys Club before managing a number of local football teams including North Shields St Columba’s Football Club and Cullercoats Football Club.
“More recently he has focussed on the wider community and supported schools, colleges, youth clubs, sports clubs and the YMCA as well as independently coordinating his own fitness classes.”
Council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna, who was also at the presentation, added: “I am very proud to see someone of our own borough show such selfless dedication and a commitment to his community and be rightfully rewarded for it with this great honour.
“Mr Wall has been of excellent service to his community and I hope that his success will encourage more people to get involved in helping their local areas.”