Pam and Roy Lomax
Husband and wife team Pam and Roy Lomax have dedicated nearly 50 years of their lives to youth football, having first become involved in the game in 1967 by setting up Mayford Athletic Boys FC in Woking, Surrey. The couple founded the club themselves with money raised by holding jumble and garage sales and also through Roy offering to fix local people’s bicycles.
A year later with the club fully formed they joined the West Surrey Boys League (WSBL) with Pam and Roy joining the league’s committee – acting as representatives for the under-11 to under-14 divisions. Both Pam and Roy are still active members of the committee 45-years later, rarely missing a meeting and continuing to show the same love for youth football as they did nearly half a century earlier.
While serving on the WSBL committee they also joined committees for Surrey County FA (SCFA) and the Youth Challenge Cup, with Pam being responsible for organising all fund raising activites for the two groups. Roy also became an active member of the Woking Sports Council as a representative of youth football and was a vital supporter of the development of Loop Road playing fields, turning them into what is now Meadow Sports Centre, which provides a sporting venue for the local community.
Despite other commitments, Pam and Roy later joined Westfield FC with Pam becoming club treasurer and Roy their youth team coach before taking over as general manager. Roy’s dedication was soon celebrated in the local area when he was appointed Life Vice President of SCFA for his loyalty and services to youth football.
Some 50 years on and Pam and Roy are still active members of the Surrey Youth League with Roy their President and Pam recently appointed Life Vice President. In 2012, Pam also became a member of Surrey FA Council in recognition of her contribution to youth football in the county. The couple both continue to attend all league meetings and events, with Pam helping out on the turnstiles on matchdays and Roy on hand to present every medal and trophy at the end of the season. Despite both being recognised with lifetime achievement awards, Pam and Roy are more dedicated than ever to football in the community, they have even involved other members of their family in grassroots football, with their son David taking over from Pam as treasurer for WSBL and their daughter Linda working with the SCFA. Even their grandson is involved as an active player in the Surrey Youth League.
Pam and Roy have held countless roles throughout youth football in Surrey over the past 50 years and their services to both the league and County FA shows no signs of stopping yet.
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