Glenn helps former club to celebrate

ENGLAND and Great Britain hockey international Glenn Kirkham took time out of his busy schedule to join his former club, Alford and District, as they celebrated 100 years of history with a special weekend.

Kirkham, who is preparing for next year’s London Olympics with the Great Britain team, didn’t just attend Saturday’s hockey tournament at Skegness Grammar School, but coached one of the Alford teams.

During the lunch break, the current England vice-captain also delivered a mass coaching session for more than 100 youngsters.

After presenting the medals at the end of the tournament and signing autographs on medal ribbons and hockey sticks, the 28-year-old crossed the town to watch his brother Steve bowl for Skegness in the Lincolnshire ECB Premier Cricket League.

Then it was over to Skegness Rugby Club where he was a guest at the Hockey Club’s celebration dinner.

Also on the top table was England manager Andy Halliday, who paid tribute to Kirkham, who has won nearly 200 international caps in the sport.

Saturday’s dinner guests were welcomed by club chairman John Fleming, a former colleague of Andy’s when they worked in the Metropolitan Police.

Halliday reminded those present of all the hard work put in by all club officials, especially the chairman and Barbara Hanwell, the club’s youth development officer.

On display at the dinner was club memorabilia and newspaper cuttings gathered over the last century.

The Saturday tournament involved 15 teams across under 12s and under 14s age groups, and Alford A won the under 12s, while Sleaford won the under 14s.