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John McHale awarded MBE

1 December 2021

Everyone at Club Doncaster would like to congratulate John McHale who collected his MBE last week.

The former councillor has worked tirelessly for the local community for the past 20 years, with the aim of making things better without ever asking for anything in return. His achievements are too numerous to list, but he has been a key supporter of Club Doncaster and the work of the Foundation since 2013 when he was on hand to help launch the Foundation’s Premier League Kick’s project which provides football provision for at-risk youngsters in the borough.   

John has a real talent of uniting people and show that by working together they can accomplish great things, gain a new level of understanding and mutual respect for other members of the community. 

He has invested an incredible amount of personal energy and dedication into ensuring Doncaster is a safe, secure and welcoming place to live, work and visit. He is affectionately known as “Mr Doncaster” by members of the public and he still cannot walk down the High Street without being recognised and stopped by people from all walks of life. 

The councillor was awarded for services almost 12-months ago, but the ceremony had previously been delayed due to restrictions put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “On behalf of everyone at Club Doncaster, I’d like to congratulate John on his achievement. I can’t think of anyone who deserves this accolade more. 

“He’s been a long-time supporter of the work our Foundation do and, as a champion of young people’s welfare and encouraging safer neighbourhood areas, supported the Foundation’s Premier League Kicks programme which provides football provisions for people aged 8-18 in high-need areas across the borough and inspires young people and helps them achieve their potential and improve wellbeing.” 


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