Haverhill sports volunteer’s work in Thurlow wins him a Suffolk Sports Award
Allan Loveday has picked up a second award in two months in recognition of selfless volunteering to his local sports scene.
Allan, from Haverhill, won the BBC Radio Suffolk Unsung Hero Award at the Suffolk Sports Awards last week, to go with the St Edmundsbury Unsung Hero Sports Award he took home in October.
At the presentation evening at Trinity Park in Ipswich, Allan received a cup and acrylic trophy from BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Stephen Forster in recognition of his dedication over 43 years in supporting sport and community activity in Thurlow together with his wife Susan.
Allan said: “I am honoured to receive the award on behalf of all those people who have supported me in my efforts to improve the facilities at Thurlow and also who have represented Thurlow in the different sports clubs over the years.”
The citation on his award nomination said: “Allan is a credit to his local community, giving up his time and skills to help support local sports clubs Thurlow Youth Football and Thurlow Tennis Club.
“Allan has dedicated his time to help tend the club pitches and grounds, fundraising to maintaining the viability of the clubs with local fayres and bonfire nights, ensuring their central role in the local community.”
The other three nominees with diverse sporting backgrounds shortlisted for the Unsung Hero Award were:
•Jane Samkin for her efforts to make the Great Run Local in Southwold a fantastic success.
•Ann Williamson; involved in Women on Wheels in Bury St Edmunds and also established a social cycling group named Bury Bicycle Collective.
•Andrew Proven; active in promoting Disability Sport in the Waveney area and has been involved in the establishment of the Lowestoft Boccia Club.
Each of the four nominees’ contribution in sport was portrayed on the big screen to the 250-strong audience.