Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2016 presented by HRH Prince Michael of KentLONG-SERVING BASC coach Peter Knox has received an award from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent for his services to shooting.

Peter was honoured for his outstanding contribution to shooting and conservation in the local community at the Torch Trophy Trust Awards ceremony at the Royal Army and Navy Club in London.

Peter was among twenty volunteers commended for their dedication by the charity, which exists to encourage, reward and recognise the three million people in the UK who devote their spare time to volunteering in sport.

Former England and Manchester United footballer Sir Bobby Charlton, chairman of the Torch Trophy Trust, said: “It is hugely important to honour the incredible volunteers that make sport happen in our nation.

“Without their passion and generosity, we would see participation numbers fall. We are delighted to recognise and highlight the fantastic worked achieved by these volunteers, who demonstrate professionalism and desire to continue improving their activity.”

BASC chief executive Richard Ali said: “Peter has been a volunteer coach since 1966, the year Sir Bobby Charlton helped England win the World Cup. It’s fitting that a national hero should be paying tribute to one of the unsung heroes of grassroots sport.

“Peter’s contribution to shooting and BASC has been nothing short of remarkable. This was a fantastic evening in which his efforts were rightly recognised and honoured.”

The Torch Trophy Trust relies solely on donations from the public. At the heart of the Trust’s ethos is legacy – founded in 1962 and with the 1948 Olympic torch used as its symbol – the awards have recognised volunteers for over 53 years.

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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