The manager of Britain’s first ever black-led football club has been honoured with an MBE for services to community football in Birmingham.
Lincoln Moses, from Witton, has been recognised for his work uniting communities in the city through sport.
Continental Star FC, which has recruited players from inner city Birmingham, has used football to support, guide and counsel those who find themselves excluded from mainstream society.
Lincoln has been general manager of Continental Star for 23 years after joining as a player in 1975.
The 48-year-old said: “I do not think of this award as being about myself, it is about the community I come from. I have such a passion about my community and I do anything I can to serve it and help. This award shows change can happen. If Obama can do it, if I can do it, it can happen.”
Continental Star has 15 teams as well as a women’s team and after-school club. “We started out as one football team, but we have reached a level where we have become more like a social enterprise,” Lincoln added.
Lincoln is also a member of the FA Race Equality Advisory Group.