Former Wigan and Burnley footballer David Campbell, and wife Lorraine Sass, have been honoured for their work with young people.
The Merseyside couple have been given a British Citizen Award for their service to education after helping almost a million children and youngsters over the past 21 years.
David, who played for Northern Ireland in the 1986 World Cup and under Brian Clough at Nottingham Forest, launched David Campbell Soccer with actress Lorraine in 1995.
They were among the first to offer education-related football courses in schools and colleges in the UK. Youngsters they have educated and trained have moved on to successful careers, coaching and playing, in China, USA, Canada and Australia.
Lorraine is a long-standing supporter of the charity When You Wish Upon A Star, which grants wishes for children with terminal illnesses. She has helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds over the past 18 years.
David and Lorraine will be amongst 30 medallists who will be honoured at a prestigious ceremony on July 6, at the Palace of Westminster
The British Citizen Awards were launched in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society.
David said: “I know that having the proper education to go alongside football is massively important and I am able to show the youngsters exactly why that’s true. I was lucky enough to reach the very top of the sport I love but lost my career in one second because of my injury.
“I get a real buzz out of what we do and it’s great when I see some of our young coaches being sent off around the world with the confidence and education they need to be able to succeed.”
Lorraine added: “We’re absolutely thrilled about the award, it feels like such an honour to have been recognised in this way. It’s a massive thumbs up for the years of work and dedication, and for all of those people who have supported us along the way."