Ken Benham HERO

50 Year Service Award: Ken Benham

The FA Long Service Award

At our Annual Awards Evening last month, we were proud to present our Chief Executive Ken Benham with his FA Long Service Award celebrating 50 years in football.

In Sussex football there are few people as well known and widely admired as Ken Benham.

Ken’s footballing journey started back in 1973 when he started playing for United Christian Fellowship (UCF).

Kingstonians were the next club he would ply his trade for, whilst also turning out for Brighton Telecoms, and British Telecom in their South East region matches when they needed a player.

1978 then saw Ken’s return to UCF in a Club Secretary role, one he would hold with pride for the next nine years, eventually leaving in 1987 to take on the role of Secretary for the Brighton & Hove District Football League.

Off the pitch, and after many years as Secretary for the District Football League, it was time for the role to passed on, as for Ken, commitments to the Sussex County FA were becoming the primary focus of his time.

After joining as a Council Member in 1994, Ken was appointed as Chief Executive (CEO) in 2000. Ken would also be appointed as Secretary for the Sussex County FA Benevolent Fund.

Since then, Ken has continued in his role as CEO, clocking up 23 years and counting at the helm of the organisation, which has seen him work tirelessly for the promotion and betterment of grassroots football across the county.

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