Kewford Eagles

Ian Pound RIP

 

Ian Pound, President of Kewford Eagles FC, has unfortunately died following a road traffic accident on the morning of 13 January.  He was taken to hospital via air ambulance where spent three weeks in the critical care unit and died on 6 February.  His daughter in law, Sarah Pound said “The hospital staff were wonderful and they really did try everything they could but unfortunately he could not be saved”.

Ian’s funeral is being held on Wednesday 28 February at 12.20 p.m. at Stourbridge Crematorium.  Donations in memory of Ian can be made to Air Ambulance and the Critical Care Ward at the QE Hospital in Birmingham.

Ian Pound was the longest serving member of the Kewford committee, joining in early 1995 as team manager for a new Under 9’s team assisted by his wife Wendy.   Ian’s love of the game and a desire to do the best he could saw him become Chairman in 2000 and President of the grassroots football club 4 years later, a role he enjoyed until his untimely death.  When Kewford achieved Charter Standard status Ian and Wendy managed the first Kewford Under 19’s team and steered the club to achieving Charter Standard Adult Club status.

Ian was instrumental in shaping the club and helping to secure £800,000 funding from the Football Foundation towards the building of Eagle Park in Wall Heath, the new home for Kewford Eagles comprising 11 football pitches, changing rooms and toilets which was formally opened by Sir Trevor Brooking in April 2012 which will be a lasting legacy for future generations of children.

Lynn Boleyn MBE, Charity Trustee of Kewford Eagles said “We will always hold very special memories of such a truly remarkable person who would go out of his way to help people.  He was dedicated to grassroots football and Kewford Eagles in particular, spending many hours every week to ensure that children could play football in a happy and safe environment and his memory will live on forever at Eagle Park.  We know he will be very sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched and our love, thoughts and prayers are with Wendy and all the family at this very sad time”.

Ian was also proud to have been Secretary of Stourbridge & District Youth League for many years and was awarded “Black Country Volunteer Of The Year in 2006 a further testament to what Ian achieved including the development of girls football within the League, heading up the organising committee for the first ever girls league and linking up with Birmingham County FA Girls football development.

Bob Hickman, Chairman and Secretary of the Stourbridge & District Youth Football League said, "After many years of involvement with Kewford Eagles FC, Ian took that extra step and joined the SDYFL as a club representative in 2004. He went on to become the League Secretary and was instrumental in the setting up of the girls football section and also the league's achievement of their Charter Standard status. He represented the SDYFL at Birmingham County FA and in 2017 was made a Vice-President of the league.  During his time with league, Ian saw great strides in local youth football, many of which he was personally responsible for, and his experience and enthusiasm will be greatly missed"

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