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Buckingham Palace to host football game


Buckingham Palace is to host its first official football match as part of the Football Associationís (FA) 150th anniversary celebrations.

Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC, two of Englandís oldest amateur teams, will play a game of the Southern Amateur League at the palace on 7 October.

The event will be hosted by The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of the FA. During the event, the Duke will also pay tribute to 150 volunteers that help deliver and support football.

With special permission from The Queen 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 one of the most prestigious grassroots football matches played in the 150-year history of the game.

The volunteers have all been chosen for their contribution and service to football ? ranging from helping to develop the women?s game to providing opportunities for disabled players.

The Duke of Cambridge said: "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.

ďInviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks.Ē


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