Alford man wins sport award

A DEDICATED football enthusiast from Alford has been recognised for his tireless support of the game with a lifetime achievement award.

Ray Sylvester was presented with the prestigious title at the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership Awards ceremony in Lincoln on Thursday.

Ray was nominated for the award for his involvement with the East Lincolnshire Combination football league for more than 40 years.

During his extensive time supporting the game he has been a player, a referee, a manager, a secretary, a committee member and league chairman.

Alongside Ray, 15 other sportsmen and women from across Lincolnshire were awarded for their efforts and achievements.

Among the winners were East Lindsey District Title which scooped the prize for Best Parish Council or Local Authority for its ongoing commitment to health improvement and increasing the number of people who take part in sports activities.

Portfolio holder for leisure at East Lindsey District Council, Coun Adam Grist was delighted with the award and the successes of people from across the district.

He said: “The Sports Partnership Awards have recognised local people and local athletes who dedicate their life to sports with so much success.

“We know there are more examples of success out there and we must not forget all the volunteers who give so much of their time to support the success of our clubs.

“Whether you are a parent running the line at a football match on Saturday afternoon or you keep score at the cricket, you’re part of this success too.

“Congratulations to everyone.”

Among the others to be recognised with such a prestigious accolade were judo instructors, disabled wheelchair racers, and a woman who represented England’s cricket team on tours throughout the summer.

This year’s annual event was presented by the BBC’s Dan Walker at the Epic Centre in the Lincolnshire Showground.