Adrian Henchy wins October Volunteer of the Month
November 19, 2020
We’ve had a great response to the Leinster Hockey Volunteer of the Month Awards and are amazed at the phenomenal work being done by volunteers around the province within their clubs and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the clubs who have put forward nominations – which we’re keeping on record.
Development Director Fiona Walshe commended all the nominations received acknowledging that “it is clear that our sport is in great hands with so many fantastic volunteers in our clubs working tirelessly to ensure success both on and off the pitch”.
The nominations received recognised volunteers in all areas of our sport – coaches, umpires, administrators, Children’s Officers, Covid Officers, committee members.
The Development Committee reviewed all the nominations received in and are delighted to announce that Adrian Henchy will receive the October 2020 Volunteer of the Month Award.
A member of Portrane Hockey Club from the first time he picked up a hockey stick, Adrian has been with the club as it moved from home to home (including St Ita’s Hospita, Alsaa, RCSI) in the search of a permanent location. In the mid 2000’s, Adrian saw an opportunity with the growing population in the Donabate area to relaunch the club by showcasing the sport to the new families in the area in particular by focusing on the Youth Section. By working tirelessly with local community groups, the ETB and Fingal County Council he was instrumental within the club in getting a state of the art water-based pitch built in the grounds of the new Community School and getting access to top class Indoor Hockey facilities in the Donabate Community Centre.
Club Secretary Anita Patterson added that “thanks to Adrian’s tireless work, the club now has access to facilities that are the envy of many which has enabled the club grow beyond our expectations. Portane Hockey Club currently has six senior teams and hope to add a 4th ladies team in the coming season along with a thriving junior section for both girls and boys”.
In announcing the award Fiona Walshe also thanked “Adrian for his foresight in starting the Under 14 Boys & Girls Indoor Tournament” which is now a staple event in the Leinster Hockey Calendar”.
Leinster Hockey Chairman, Trevor Watkins congratulated Adrian saying “it was a deserved recognition for both Adrian and Portrane Hockey Club on the work they had done over the last number of years building up the club and putting in the structures that would ensure it would continue to grow”.
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