A winning volunteer who scooped a prize at last year’s Hyndburn Sports Awards is encouraging people to thank volunteers in their community by nominating them.
John Drinkwater, who took home the title of Adult Volunteer of the Year at the awards ceremony last year, wants people to nominate someone that has made a contribution to sport in their area.
John started up the Globe Football team more than 20 years ago.
He said: “I started the team about 20 years ago for ten-year-olds so it just went from there.
“We built it up and now we have about 17 teams, ranging from seven to 11-year-olds who play in the junior league up to 17-year-olds.
“Somebody started the team and then abandoned it, I knew nothing about football but I had a friend who did so I got him on board and we registered the team.”
John was nominated by chairman of the Globe Football Club Wayne Roberts.
John said: “I was delighted when I won, it was a great night to be there with all the other teams and people you’ve got to know from playing them over the years.
“I would certainly encourage people to get involved and really promote someone that’s been helping you, your team or your children.
“It’s your chance to say thanks you to that person and what better way to do it.”
The Hyndburn Sports Awards, organised by Hyndburn Leisure, recognise the brightest and best in sports from across the borough, from individuals, to teams and schools.
The categories recognise people across all aspects of sport in the borough, and winners will go through to compete for the Lancashire Sports Awards.
Categories include: Adult Volunteer of the Year, Coach of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Community Club of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Primary School of the Year, Secondary School of the Year, Inspire Award, Service to Disability Sport and Team of the Year.
Now entering its 12th year, this year’s Sports Awards event will take place on Friday, September 8 at Accrington Town Hall.
To nominate visit www.hyndburnleisure.co.uk/sportsawards or visit Accrington Town Hall for a nomination form.
The Accrington Observer will be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award.