Football club wins award in tradition break

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A charitable organisation has broken with tradition when awarding a sports team with a special award.

The Rotary Club of Blyth makes an annual presentation to an individual for the title of their Citizen of the Year.

But this year the club deviated from tradition to give the honour to Blyth Spartans in recognition of the success the team has had in the season.

Bill Thompson, president of the Rotary Club of Blyth, said: “Home games at Croft Park could not take place without the help of over 40 volunteers who carry out all kinds of different jobs to ensure that spectators enjoy the football in a safe and enjoyable environment.

“The jobs range from the obvious of turnstile operators and safety stewards to the hidden jobs such as serving refreshments to visiting officials and sponsors.

“The age of volunteers range from 15 years to over 70 years and we would urge anyone interested in volunteering for next season can contact Croft Park.”

Spartans general manager Ian Evans, stadium manager Colin Blackett and Doug Ramsay attended the club’s weekly meeting at the Spartan Hotel in Blyth to receive the award from the rotary club’s Mr Thompson.