Horsham Trinity stalwart John Woolgar’s exceptional commitment to his club has been recognised as part of the West Sussex County Council’s 125th anniversary year.
Woolgar, who has played more than 500 games and taken on many roles at the Victory Road club for more than 30 years, was invited to the council’s special service and reception to celebrate their landmark year.
WSCC chairman Amanda Jupp invited a number of the county’s top volunteers to her Chichester-based service held in Chichester Cathedral and following reception at Eades House last month.
The chairman believed Woolgar, who is currently groundsman and fixtures secretary at Trinity, was fitting of recognition for his great service. She said: “John’s efforts off the field for a great community club like Horsham Trinity is the very essence of what makes this county great.
“The invitation recognised the decades of selfless service he has given his local community and I am pleased he was able to attend the event.”
Woolgar, who is a well-known figure across the county, has also been secretary and captain at Trininty over three decades.
Current first-team captain Andy Petch joked: “What John lacks on the pitch, he more than makes up for with his commitment off it.
“He has helped keep the club afloat and his dedication and hard work have allowed adults and children to enjoy the excellent wicket at Horsham Trinity.
“I am sure he is excited as I am about our new clubhouse which opens in September.”