RNAS Culdrose Football Club
Captain Willie Entwisle, Commanding Officer of Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose paid tribute to nearly 40 years of loyal support and hard work by RNAS Culdrose Football Club President, Mr Bill Pearce at a ceremony on Saturday to rename the Club home in his name.
The Captain unveiled a plaque at the newly named “Bill Pearce Sports Pavilion” in front of players past and present including some of those who had played for Mr Pearce in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. A number of young players from the club’s youth section of the Football Club were also present. Mr Pearce became involved with the Club in 1974 as a Club linesman, having already built a reputation as being one of the Duchy’s most respected referees. Within a month he was manager of the first team and went on to win the Navy Cup Final that year and again in 1977, still the only civilian manager to do so.
As an avid supporter he has only missed 20 games during his time with the club and can still be found on his folding chair following the “Airmen” all over the County.
Earlier the Commanding Officer observed the Club’s youth section training. Over 90 children were present ranging from 5-16 years of age. He was accompanied by Youth Chairman, Lt Cdr Andrew Plenty who said “It was great for the kids to meet the Captain but also for him to see what his football club achieves within the Service and wider community”.
The club offers an opportunity for Service personnel, their dependants and all children within the community to participate in football within a safe and enjoyable environment whatever their age. It also gives coaches the chance to progress and improve within the FA coaching framework.