Peter's Royal appointment

Everton in the Community volunteer Peter Livingstone is celebrating yet another personal success after being one of 19 names recently honoured at the Torch Trophy Trust Awards 2014.

The 45-year-old, who was named Volunteer of the Year at the Club’s official charity’s V Healthy Volunteer Awards last October, met HRH, The Princess Royal, who presented Peter and the rest of the elite band with the prestigious accolade in a glittering ceremony at London’s Army and Navy Club on Tuesday 18 March.

The lifelong Evertonian has served Everton in the Community for ten years, earning a reputation as one of the most popular figures within the charity.

The volunteer disability coach has witnessed the programme become one of the largest sporting charitable departments in the world - engaging with over 17,000 disabled participants with 26 disability teams, with Peter himself taking charge of the successful Everton Ladies Deaf Team that competes in Liverpool’s Futsal Five-a-side League.

“I really love the job I do with Everton in the Community,” beamed Peter. “To come in and really feel like you are making a difference to those that you engage with is a great feeling.

“To be recognised by such an organisation for the work I do is really hard to put into words. For me, the participants deserve this as much I do.”

“We are all absolutely delighted for Peter; his pleasant demeanour makes him a joy to work with,” added Everton in the Community Chief Executive Officer, Denise Barrett-Baxendale.

"He was recently named our Volunteer of the Year, which, along with this accolade, sums up the kind of man he is and the 'Nil Satis, Nisi Optimum' approach he applies to his everyday work."

Now in its 51st year, he Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that recognises and rewards volunteers in sport and recreation for their outstanding contribution to grassroots sport.

Each winner received their trophy in a shape of a small replica of the 1948 torch from the London Olympic Games, which is the Trust's symbol. 

1966 World Cup winning legend, Sir Bobby Charlton CBE, is also the president of the Torch Trophy Trust and received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony.

This is not the first time an Everton in the Community volunteer has received such an award. Two years ago James Ditchfield, another key member of the Everton in the Community award-winning disability programme, was himself honoured The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.