Club wins another community service award

Cambridge Football Club have won another award for their services to the local community.

The club has earned a Community Partnership Award for its work helping people ordered by the courts to perform community work in Cambridge.

Over the past three years, the club has provided work for dozens of workers and has benefitted from several thousand hours of their labour on club projects including the building of new changing rooms, renovation of equipment such as goal posts and general maintenance of the grounds.

Club representatives were presented with their award at a special function hosted by Corrections New Zealand at Hamilton Gardens.

Making the presentation, Community Work Supervisor Greg Spencer said the football club had grown in confidence as a community partner, and the work was benefitting the community, the sports club and the workers.

“We know that when our people visit, they are treated like a valuable volunteer,” he said.

It had enabled workers to learn new skills, and the club had encouraged workers to have input and learn about the value of sport on young people’s lives, he said.

Club secretary Josh Easby said the partnership had made possible some projects that had been stalled for years because of the increasing difficulty to match the availability of volunteers with the growth of the club.

“We really value the work that’s been achieved, and especially seeing the part we’ve played in helping people get their lives back on track,” he said.

The club has been recognised before for its efforts to work in the community, winning the Trustpower Supreme Award for Community Service in Waipa in 2014, only the second sports club in area to win the award.

Photo: Josh Easby (centre) receives the club’s award from Community Work Supervisor Greg Spencer (left) and Rowan Balloch, Corrections Services’ Waikato District Manager (right).