Local volunteers Penny Howell and Alan Clarke had their contributions to the football community recognised last month, being voted in as NSFA Life Members at the 2020 AGM.
Both Howell and Clarke have provided several years of service to the Association while serving on the Protests, Disciplinary & Disputes Committee, putting in many long nights during the season.
“I am delighted that Penny has been elected a life member of the NSFA,” said Ian Plant, NSFA Board President.
“She fully deserves this recognition after putting in so much time and effort both to the St Ives Football Club and the NSFA community.
“Alan has put in a great deal of volunteer time to the Association – in particular seven years’ service as the Chair of the PD&DC, one of the most onerous roles in the NSFA.
“After many years of service to our football community, this is an honour he truly deserves.”
Howell has served her local club, St Ives FC, with distinction for over a decade, while Alan has been strongly involved with both Hornsby RSL FC and the Ku-ring-gai and District Football Referees Association.
“I was truly surprised and honoured to learn that I had been awarded life membership of NSFA,” commented Howell.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my involvement with St Ives FC and NSFA over the years and have met many wonderful and dedicated people during this time.
“My journey with football is ongoing and I hope to be able to contribute for many more years to come.”
Clarke was equally grateful of receiving his Life Membership.
“I am both extremely honoured & humbled to receive this recognition for my contributions to Hornsby RSL FC, NSFA & the game,” he said.
“Over the years I have had great enjoyment from my participation in the game & sought to give something back to help others to enjoy it also.”