Dacorum success at county awards

Berkhamsted Raiders Community Football Club won four prizes at the Hertfordshire County FA Awards.
Berkhamsted Raiders Community Football Club won four prizes at the Hertfordshire County FA Awards.

BERKHAMSTED Raiders Community Football Club is celebrating this week after picking up four major honours at the Hertfordshire County FA Awards.

Raiders were named Herts FA Community Club of the Year for the third time in five years and also won the FA Eastern Region Community Club of the Year at the ceremony held at Knebworth Barns.

Raiders club development officer Paul Russell picked up the Herts FA Volunteer of the Year Award and club chairman Keith Pollard received a Workforce Award.

Raiders are now shortlisted for the national FA Charter Standard Community Club award, held later in the year.

“It was another fantastic night for Raiders and we’re thrilled to have been honoured as Herts FA Community Club of the year for the third time,” said Keith.

“The Award recognises the massive amount of time and effort that our committee and managers dedicate to providing football for 700 local boys and girls in our 55 teams.

“Paul Russell’s award is thoroughly deserved and recognises the contribution he has made to the growth of Raiders and to the funding of local initiatives and the BerkoAstro 3G project.”

Meanwhile, a Hemel Hempstead official who has dedicated more than half a century to refereeing was also honoured at the awards.

Fred Weaving first picked up a whistle 50 years ago and even continued officiating in the armed forces while stationed abroad.

Now 71, he has been a member of the Hertfordshire FA referees’ committee since 2001 and is currently the referee secretary of the West Herts Saturday League and an assessor for the Hertfordshire FA and the Spartan League.

After accepting his 50 Years Referee Service award from Eddie King, president of Hertfordshire FA, Fred said: “It’s great to get this award. But I’m planning to do another ten years, at least, yet!”

Two other Hemel officials were also recognised at the event. The Referee Achievement of the Year award went to Mark Mellor, while Roger Wakefield received a 40 Years Referee Service honour.