Blackburn College Reprographics Manager recognised for more than 40 years' service to community football

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A Blackburn College Reprographics Manager has been recognised for dedicating more than 40 years’ service to community football.

Craig Walsh, who has worked at the College for more than 28 years, was awarded the Culture, Leisure and Sporting Life Award at the CVS Community Volunteer Awards.

Craig was recognised for having volunteered at Mill Hill St Peters Football Club for more than 40 years.

He volunteered at the club from the age of seven and has taken on various roles including playing for the club, as well as becoming their manager. He now volunteers as their club secretary and is part of their management committee.

Craig was nominated by Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Damian Talbot and was presented with his award at King George's Hall.

He said: “The award was for the whole club; I wouldn’t have won it without all the people involved at every level of the club. There are a number of dedicated volunteers that help to support the club, they are my motivation.

"It was a really nice feeling to be presented with the award, and I am happy the club has been recognised. I played until I was 28, and then became the team manager for 12 years.

“Seeing others getting pleasure from your efforts volunteering, along with the people that you meet and friends you make, far outweighs the time that you give up to volunteer. The biggest thing for me is the people that I’ve met over the years; I have been able to make lots of friends whilst volunteering.”

6 Dec 2021, 08:44 AM