Liam Bramley, Sir Trevor Brooking and Neil Winskill

Newcastle United Foundation Football Development Manager Neil Winskill is being honoured at a special Buckingham Palace ceremony on Monday, hosted by HRH The Duke of Cambridge to recognise his services to football.

Winskill, pictured on the right, is among 150 grassroots volunteers celebrated at an event that forms part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations.

The volunteers have all been chosen for their outstanding contribution and service to football - which includes everything from helping to develop the women's game, providing opportunities for disabled players, grassroots referees as well as club and league administrators.

Winskill's football career started as an apprentice at Newcastle United from 1993-96. Since then, he has dedicated his life to grassroots football.

On leaving the Magpies, he joined the Newcastle Football Development Scheme as assistant football development officer. and in 2004 completed his UEFA A Licence at Lilleshall.

He graduated from Leeds Met College in 2008 with a BSc Hons in Applied Sports Coaching Science and went on to sign a partnering agreement with Newcastle City Council to deliver youth football across the city.

Winskill now oversees a programme that delivers 8,000 coaching hours to 25,000 children and young people a year, managing a team of 17 staff. Earlier this year, he graduated from Europe's first ever Elite Coaches Award course.

In addition to his main job, he has also been team coach at local clubs West Allotment Celtic and Ashington AFC in the Northern League.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, in his official capacity as President of The Football Association, is hosting the event and will present Winskill with a medal to commemorate his achievements.

The event has been created to champion the huge role that volunteers play in football on a weekly basis. The nationwide network of grassroots heroes totals more than 400,000 individuals - this includes everyone from the mums and dads, coaches, referees and administrators that give up their time to provide.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President of the Football Association, said: "In our 150th year, it is hugely important for The FA to honour the efforts of the many thousands of volunteers who week in, week out, help to provide the opportunity for millions more people to enjoy football at grassroots level.

"Inviting 150 of these volunteers to Buckingham Palace provides a fitting way for The FA to pay tribute and give thanks."

Greg Dyke, Chairman of the Football Association, added: "These volunteers are the heartbeat of football. Without them, the game simply wouldn't function at a grassroots level and it is only right that The FA honours their tireless and selfless work."