Sean Smith pictured with Club Chairman Sean Cusack.

Crosserlough's Smith to be honoured for volunteer work

A Cavanman will receive nationwide recognition for his years of dedicated volunteer work with his local football club at next week’s Federation of Irish Sport Volunteers in Sport Awards ceremony.

Sean Smith's passion for Crosserlough GFC is unquestionable. His first official role in the club began in 1981 as PRO, which began a run of 28 years as an officer of the club in many different roles. He has held the role of PRO twice, Treasurer twice and Assistant Secretary. For the last 20 years he has also been the caretaker of the club grounds along with being the Lotto Coordinator and Kitman for many of the teams. Sean can always be found at the GAA grounds either mowing the field or ensuring the pitch is lined out properly for upcoming games. He also ensures that all other weekly community activities take place in the club and are run to the highest possible standards. Sean has been the one constant within the club for over 40 years, he is a dedicated leader, who goes over and beyond for his club and community each and every week.

The Volunteers in Sport Awards celebrate the contributions of the band of volunteers across the country who give their time to Irish sport and physical activity every year.

Throughout September and October members of the public, sports clubs and governing bodies were invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to sport and physical activity in Ireland has made a real difference to their community, club or county. The nominations and award recipients were selected by a judging panel consisting of 12 individuals drawn from sports administration, the volunteer community and media, and included former Director General of the GAA, Paraic Duffy, RTÉ broadcaster, Marie Crowe and CEO of Gaisce, Yvonne McKenna.

Commenting on the awards, Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, TD, said: “It is an honour for me to support this year’s Volunteers in Sport Awards and help recognise so many fantastic volunteers in our community. The amount of hard work and dedication that these volunteers give to sport in Ireland is quite truly astonishing and I am privileged to support both the volunteers and these awards.”

The awards will be streamed live each evening from 7pm on the Federation of Irish Sport’s Facebook page here.