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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 16:16 GMT
FA to rename Charity Shield
Liverpool's Gerard Houllier with the Charity Shield
Liverpool may be the last winners of the "Charity Shield"
In a move to reward the unsung heroes of the sport, the Football Association intend to change the name of the Charity Shield to the Community Shield.

The curtain raiser to the season will be known by its new moniker from next season.

It is part of an ongoing programme of support for volunteers working within the game.

We want to ensure that good causes continue to receive financial support from football
FA spokesman Adrian Bevington

FA spokesman Adrian Bevington revealed: "We want to ensure that good causes continue to receive financial support from football through the FA Community Shield.

"Additionally, we want to see individuals who are some of the game's real heroes receive recognition for their great work."

As part of the plan, commemorative miniature shields will be presented to such people as ground staff for local league clubs, in recognition of their contributions.

There are estimated to be 250,000 people throughout the country who give up their spare time to help the amateur game.

See also:

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