David Robertson, the manager of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC), has received a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the local community. The award recognises Mr Robertson’s outstanding contribution to the sport and the community as head coach of RKFC since January 2017. This included guiding the football team into the I-League - the first time the team has competed at this level.
The last season of the I-League saw RKFC attain the highest number of home ground match attendees, averaging 25,000 people per match.
On learning of his award, David Robertson said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been recognised and awarded this honour for my work in Kashmir. I have enjoyed every minute spent in Kashmir. It has been a real pleasure to have worked and met so many wonderful people. I think of Kashmir as my second home".
Jan Thompson, Acting British High Commissioner to India, said: “Shared love for sport is a great unifier of people, and I congratulate David on his inspirational work. The UK and India share a unique living bridge, and sports play a vital role in that."