Robinson ready for new county role
PUBLISHED: 14:30 25 October 2014
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Newly-elected Essex FA executive council member Ken Robinson fondly recalls glancing from his bedroom window as a child at matches in Dagenham’s Central Park.
Robinson, who now lives in Billericay and is secretary of the Brentwood Sunday League, was voted in as Essex’s womens and girls representative at the AGM and was welcomed by the chairman and presented with council ties and badges at a recent meeting.
He said: “The chance to help others is foremost in my intentions. I don’t expect to change the course of football, but hopefully I’ll be able to have a positive influence.
“I have been a player, referee, referee training coach with the Thurrock Referees Society, manager, club and league secretary, chairman and pitch secretary, plus a lot of minor jobs within football.
“I’ve experienced a great amount of joy from football and have always tried to put back some of my time. I chat with others who have an interest in football and get different ideas. My love of the game has kept me interested for all these years.”
Robinson was first introduced to football by his uncles, who played professionally with Tottenham, Leeds and Dundee in the late 1950s and 60s.
He used to watch adult games from his bedroom overlooking Central Park and, when he got the chance, would join one or two of the “lads from the street” for a kickaround.
Once he became old enough, Robinson was allowed to attend a sporting play scheme in the park and went on to participate for various school and representative teams through the age groups, including Essex and the England Catholic Schools squads.
Robinson was first introduced to the Essex FA when he passed his refereeing exam as a youngster and got to know one or two people within the set-up.
He says he always knew he would like to volunteer and help out within the county at some time and believes there is still plenty more he can do for the benefit of Essex grassroots football.
He added: “With my new role I would like to think, as I have been connected with female football for about 16 years, I can look back and take on board my past experiences and knowledge in trying to improve it.
“I have seen it grow, with more teams trying to start-up within their areas. Essex has strong, established women’s and girls’ leagues, and adult teams have progressed to a higher league status within the FA set-up.
“There is an established county representative team which has performed reasonably well over the years and girls’ football is thriving, which is something I need to take a closer look at.
“There are still some players who are good enough who haven’t stepped forward for trials - we need to identify why that is.”
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