Waterford soccer fan-atic honoured for volunteer work
A Waterford man has been honoured for his volunteer work on behalf of local soccer.
Michael Walsh was honoured at the ‘Volunteers in Sport Awards’, hosted by the Federation of Irish Sport in partnership with EBS, during an event at Farmleigh House in Dublin earlier this week.
He received the Waterford Sports Volunteer of the Year Award for his commitment to soccer and Waterford FC. The award was presented by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.
Michael has volunteered for many years at Waterford FC, contributing countless hours in his love for Irish soccer.
The Volunteers in Sport Awards were created to recognise the contributions, commitment and dedication of the 450,000 volunteers who give their time to Irish sport each year. This equates to approximately 37.3 million hours of volunteering across Ireland’s 14,000 registered sports clubs and associations.
A total of 34 awards were presented at the ceremony, including 32 county-level awards, an overall ‘outstanding contribution’ award and a ‘team of volunteers’ award. Swim Ireland’s Mary Dunne received the outstanding contribution award and Limerick based ‘Women on Wheels’ received the ‘team of volunteers’ award.
Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, said: “Sport matters. It contributes to our health, binds us together as a community and supports the economy, while bringing a sense of pride to us all.
“This would not be possible without the volunteers who share their time and expertise on pitches, tracks, gym floors and swimming pools across the country each and every week. To this end, the Volunteers in Sport Awards is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate these volunteers.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to all our award nominees as we celebrate their contribution to sport across Ireland today.”