The Royalist

09.03.13

First Ever Soccer Game at Buckingham Palace

Celebration of the national game

My sources tell me that playing soccer with Prince William 'can make you think he has tourettes' such is the volume and intensity of foul-mouthed expletives that pour forth from the royal mouth when the passionate footballer flubs a kick, so perhaps wisely the Prince will only be watching, not playing, when Buckingham Palace hosts its first ever game game of soccer in the palace gardens on Monday 7 October to pay tribute to 150 volunteers that "help deliver and support" the UK’s favourite game.

The event, which forms a key part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, will entail an official ceremony at Buckingham Palace with 150 specially selected grassroots heroes being awarded a medal from William.

The volunteers have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football – which includes everything from helping to develop the women’s game, providing opportunities for disabled players, grassroots referees as well as club and league administrators.

On the day the Buckingham Palace garden will host its first ever football match, featuring two of the oldest amateur clubs in England.

With special permission from Buckingham Palace for the game to take place, Wembley groundsman Tony Stones will work with the Royal Household gardeners to help create the pitch for what will be the most unique grassroots football match in the 150 year history of the game.

William, President of The Football Association, said in an official comment: “In our 150th year, it is hugely important for The FA to honour the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers who week in, week out, help to provide the opportunity for millions more people to enjoy football at grassroots level. Inviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks.”