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New Year Honours: Dorset football volunteers among MBEs

Terry Cordery and Sue Hough
Image caption Terry Cordery and Sue Hough are among those honoured in Dorset

Supporters of grassroots and school football in Dorset have been made MBEs in the New Year Honours list.

Dorset County Football Association chief executive Sue Hough was the first woman chairman of any FA committee.

Terry Cordery, a long-time volunteer with the Dorset Schools Football Association, is also recognised for his work with the Firefighters Charity.

Malcolm Wright, from Weymouth, a coastguard officer with more than 40 years' experience, is also made an MBE.

Mrs Hough, 64, from Lytchett Matravers, has more than 20 years' involvement in women's and disability football.

'Huge privilege'

She was appointed women's football co-ordinator when the FA took over the administration of women's football in 1993.

"Women's football has grown tremendously over the last 20 years," she said.

"The opportunities for women to play, officiate and volunteer in the game today are really strong.

"It's a huge privilege to be honoured, but the aim still remains to give as many people as possible the opportunity to develop in the game."

Mr Cordery has held roles with the Dorset Schools Football Association and English Schools Football Association as an administrator and referee since 1977.

But, the 75-year-old former retained firefighter has also been a long-serving officer with the Dorset Firefighters Charity.

He said: "I was first touched by its impact when a former colleague died from his injuries in an accident.

"The very next day, the charity kicked into action to support his family and I just knew this was a wonderful service that must be maintained."

Elsewhere, the co-founders of a dog therapy charity have been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Susan Dennett, from Ferndown, and Julie Lankshear, from Bournemouth, set up Caring Canines in 2006.

With the help of more than 100 volunteer trainers, the group runs specialist therapy and education placements around Bournemouth and Poole.

One such scheme at Bournemouth University students with mental health issues and physical or sensory impairments receive extra learning support with the help of a three-year-old shih tzu.

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