His selfless devotion to grassroots football, and the inspiration he gives youngsters, has seen Doncaster man Jonathan Dixon receive a British Citizen Award for Services to Volunteering.
After starting as a helper in football 11 years ago, dad of two Jonathan progressed quickly to manager and committee vice-chair. Then he formed his own club, and now he both chairs and manages an U16s team.
He was chosen to be honoured due to the great efforts he makes for players and families within his community, said the awards committee. He encourages children of all abilities, backgrounds and differences to play sport in the same space, giving them a chance to develop their talents and social interactions.
Along with the time he gives to local youth community football, Jonathan is also twinning his football club with an African orphanage in Uganda, by collecting and sending under privileged children all his club’s old football clothing and equipment.
This has led to the formation of a local football competition among schools in Namutumba, Uganda, called the ‘Jonathan Dixon Tournament’.
The full-time construction worker said: “When I was told I was to receive a British Citizen Award, I was in shock for about three days! I feel privileged to be recognised in this way. I couldn’t do what I do without my partner Lisa, who is a huge support to me”.
His award was handed to him by presenter Michael Underwood, during a glittering July 5 ceremony at the Palace of Westminster.
British Citizen Award Patron, Dame Mary Perkins said: “Each medal recipient demonstrated a commitment to others that makes them unsung heroes of our country and they thoroughly deserve to have light shone on their endeavours”.
Michael Underwood, Jonathan David Dixon BCAv, Shakirat Ojo, Big Bus London