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Sevenoaks Powerchair manager shocked at Queens birthday honours nomination

On the 12th of June, the Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing platform shared a wonderful piece about Adam McEvoy's BEM nomination.

It has always been a delight to work alongside Adam, and I am thankful that his passion and involvement within disability sport has been recognised. WELL DESERVED!!!

Not many people actually get recognised for the hard work they do in the local community, but Sevenoaks Powerchair FC Manager Adam McEvoy has bucked this trend after being nominated for a BEM (British Empire Medal) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021, which were announced on June 11.

McEvoy on receiving the nomination told Sevenoaks Sport & Wellbeing magazine : “I’m a bit taken back to be honest, it was a big surprise. I received an email which I initially thought was spam! It was only on closer inspection that I realised it was genuine! I feel very grateful and somewhat undeserving – there are numerous people who do a great deal who are also very befitting of such an award – but at the same time I feel very lucky, grateful and honoured to have been nominated”.

In addition to his role at the Sevenoaks club, McEvoy works at The Wheelchair Football Association as a National Development Manager where he is responsible for leading on the development of powerchair football across England, providing access to powerchair football for anyone with a physical disability.

He added: “I’m so proud to be part of the club, part of Sevenoaks Town FC and the wider community, I couldn’t do the things I do without their support”.

His parent club, Sevenoaks Town FC tweeted on hearing the news: “Many congratulations to our Powerchair manager and coach @Adam_theWFA on receiving a BEM in the 2021 Queens birthday honours list. Could not think of a more deserving recipient for services to Disabled and Young People through Sport!”.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Kent, who is Her Majesty The Queen’s official representative in the County of Kent tweeted: “Many congratulations, wonderful news and so well deserved”.

Sevenoaks Town Council CEO Linda Larter also tweeted: “Fantastic news and very well deserved”.

McEvoy is also the Sports Department Director at the European Powerchair Football Association where he is the lead organiser of all major international powerchair football competitions across Europe.

Accompanying him is a list of key figures from the UK’s Covid vaccine programme, and other community volunteers who helped during the pandemic, including Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson who is appointed MBE after he raised £4 million for the NHS from fellow Premier League footballers through the #PlayersTogether appeal.

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