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Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - SAMHEWAT

Long-time football vol­un­teers were recog­nised by the Auck­land Football Fed­er­a­tion at a ser­vice awards evening ear­lier this month.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual awards recog­nised 10 vol­un­teers with long ser­vice awards for their con­tri­bu­tion and com­mit­ment to their re­spec­tive football clubs and the game it­self.

East­ern Sub­urbs’ Tom Street, and Metro Football Club’s An­thony Owens were two of the names hon­oured by Auck­land Football.

Street, who has been a prom­i­nent name at Sub­urbs for 21 years and has been club chair­man and pres­i­dent, said to re­ceive the award was both flat­ter­ing and em­bar­rass­ing.

‘‘It’s nice that no­tices,’’ Street said.

‘‘Not that you do it for that rea­son, you do it be­cause you en­joy do­ing it.

‘‘But it’s also em­bar­rass­ing be­cause I’m not unique. I’m not par­tic­u­larly spe­cial, there’s plenty of peo­ple both at East­ern Sub­urbs and all the other clubs putting in an aw­ful lot of ef­fort and these clubs wouldn’t ex­ist if they didn’t.’’

Auck­land Football Fed­er­a­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Bill MacGowan agreed and said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had handed out over 77 long ser­vice awards since 2008, to a di­verse ar­ray of vol­un­teers in­clud­ing coaches, ref­er­ees, and club ad­min­is­tra­tors. some­body

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