A football coach from Croxley Green was awarded with a Service to Sport Award recently for his work at Croxley FC.
Colm Finnegan came second in the David Wray category at the Hertfordshire awards night in November, which recognises outstanding commitment to volunteering in sport, in any capacity over the last 12 months.
In the summer of 2018, Colm took charge of his last ever game for Croxley FC U18s game after coaching and managing them for 12 years. He also acts as a goalkeeper coach and mentors the other coaches too.
Four players stayed with Colm and the club for 13 years, a rare sight at youth level. He speaks to a few of them at university and is pleased to hear they are all continuing to play for their university teams.
More recently, Croxley FC has been able to create a senior team and Colm has completed refereeing training allowing him to officiate club matches.
Speaking of his award, Colm said: “I was absolutely chuffed to bits to be nominated and it was a really good event.
“I didn’t find out who nominated me until the night and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that a local Three Rivers councillor put my name forward. The rest of the players and coaches deserve a pat on the back too for all their hard work.
“What was ironic was David’s wife presented me with the award and she recognised my face. About three years ago we won a five-a-side cup also in his name.”